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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  15,916 ratings  ·  4,060 reviews
Samantha Heather Mackey couldn't be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort--a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other "Bunny," and seem to ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Viking
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karen
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST HORROR 2019! what will happen?

this book is straight-up bonkers. seeing this was set “at an elite new england university” with an exclusive clique at its center and seeing it compared to Heathers, i went into it expecting a Megan Abbott-y/The Secret History-y type of deal; full of those dark and toxic currents that define adolescent girlhood, where affection shifts into power struggle at the drop of a hat, but also featuring a bunch of soulless
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_ngallagher
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The writing style of this book gives me strange claustrophobia like I had with Normal People...paired with the stunning assumption-like writing of CMBYN....mixed in with a bit of AHS Coven. My mind is fried but I am satisfied (also as a masters student I was like AH SO THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE SEEEEEEEN)
Kat
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
super fucking bizarre. i loved it.

i usually don't compare titles to explain books, but i think it's the best way to explain this one soooo
heathers meets the craft meets frankenstein. if that sounds like a good time to you READ THIS.
Michelle
Hmmmm.....

I have no idea what I just read or how to review it. Does that work as a proper review? I'm not even going to attempt discussing the plot because...because.... See? I truly don't know how to.

Bizarre, strange, peculiar, unusual are just a few words that come to mind if I had to try and describe this mind fuck of a book. It's a very slip-streamy type of novel. A novel in which the entire time I read I had no idea what was going on and I still don't. Not a fucking clue.

"And then they hug
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Riley
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
this was the weirdest book i've read in my life and i don't know if i loved it or hated it but it was amazing and broke my brain
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the weirdest fucking books I’ve ever read.

This book is the product child of a love triangle: if Mean Girls and Alice in Wonderland fell in love with The Craft.

If you like pretentious people in cliques and sacrificial cults and exploding heads and truly WTF moments, all at the same time getting their MFAs in writing and lit?

Then this one is for you.

4 STARS
Betsy
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, what just happened here?

I'll quote one of the characters to explain my feelings about Bunny--"And then I feel like screaming JUST SAY IT. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. TELL ME WHAT THE FUCK THIS MEANS."

The publisher's blurb doesn't even begin to capture what happens in Bunny. At first, I thought I'd be reading an R rated version of Mean Girls.


As I read, I found that wasn't quite right, so then I thought, "Okay, maybe it's Stephen King does Mean Girls."


It turned out that that description didn't
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


Well, I didn’t like it!



And I think everyone was hitting the crack pipe. I’m weird and messed up enough without this 🤣😂





And it seems like they were blowing up bunnies or some weird shit





Yeah...

So, I’m climbing out of the rabbit hole and on to the next book!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....
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Johann (jobis89)
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“The poets brace themselves for imminent, overeducated poverty.”

Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. She is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort - a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny”. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled “Smut Salon”...

Wickedly funny and deliciously dark, Bunny is a messed up fever dre
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Anna Luce
★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

There are those bizarre and experimental books that manage to be entertaining, transgressive, and on occasion even thought-provoking. And then, there are books like Bunny whose weirdness largely rests on overusing the word bunny (which appears approximately 350 times, one time too many).
An intentionally silly story that owes more to Scream Queens and The Babysitter then Heathers or Mean Girls. If you are picking up Bunny thinking that it is some sort of intriguing campus novel, yo
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Gabby
This is the strangest book I’ve ever read but I kind of loved it. I recently just read this for a video having absolutely no idea what it was about or what to expect but I’m genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I think the other reviewers comparisons are completely accurate, this story is: Mean Girls meets Frankenstein meets The Secret History meets Jennifer’s Body... and it also reminds me a lot of the movie Sorry to Bother You as well..?

But this story is so fucking weird and strange
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ALet
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
★★ /5

This was interesting, but not captivating enough to hold my attention.

I liked how the author wasn‘t afraid of taking risks. I found the characters interesting, but after a while, they blend into one another. The plot itself was fine, I particularly enjoyed the first part, but second and third become less and less interesting, shook factor didn't affect me after a while.

This was a unique book, but it didn't blow me away.
Michael Finocchiaro
I have, like, no clue what I just read. A post-feminist Fight Club? A sort-of inverted Traumnovelle / Eyes Wide Shut? An appeal for Bunnies or an ode to wolves? The writing was interesting-very uber-millennial complete with emojis, selfies, self-indulgent musing, semi-pretentious name-dropping, sarcasm-laden descriptions.

I stare at them all through Kira's pink heart-shaped glasses. This is how she must see the world all the time. I look at their dark pink faces, so suddenly grave. I should call
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Bark
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bark by: Emily
This book is pure demented madness.

I loved it. I loved all of it and I think all of you weirdos should read it because you might just love it too. Just don’t ask me what it was about because I have no idea what the heck I just read and I am perfectly fine with that, haha!

I was in a huge book funk when my friend Emily recommend this book to me as a must read. She knows her stuff and I listened and it was exactly what I needed. I blew through this book in two days on audio and was so involved at o
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D.  St. Germain
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Loved the snarky sentences for awhile, but riding the rollercoaster of caustic commentary has only so much charm - eventually this book starts to feel as mean-spirited and vacuous as the rest of our modern discourse. The ubiquitousness of this way of telling stories makes me feel like a sick and drowning rat in a raging storm sewer. This is not a feeling I turn to literature to have.

If you suspect everyone may be a nightmare human and want to have those feelings validated, this is your book. Hav
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Deece de Paor
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
God this was truly awful. You know when you get a feel for a book and the feel is, ‘I don’t like this but I’m going to give it a chance?’ But then you give it a chance and it doesn’t improve? So that happened.
As I read I thought this author must be very young and will be embarrassed by this in ten years.
It’s like a much worse Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas but completely uninteresting.
I would not recommend this to anyone.
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Umm no! Soo I am beginning to slowly figure out that horror books are not for me. Don't get me wrong, I like creepy books but this was all kinds of messed up. Way messed up. It wasn't even creepy, it was just plain weird. I am at a loss as to how to even review this. I mean exploding bunnies?! 🐰

I don't hand out one star reviews, but this one almost got one. The only thing that made it a two star was I actually enjoyed the beginning. Samantha was struggling to fit in with a group of " girly, girl
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Jenny
Jul 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
*deep, deep breath*

*lung-bursting shrieks*

*choked swear words*

*another deep breath in, then out*

Alright, with that out of the way, let's get this shit over with.

Words cannot, and I mean CANNOT, express how disappointed I am with this novel. I went from, "wow, this is so creepy, I love it!" to "well, that was a little disappointing," to "FUCK THIS SHIT SO FUCKING HARD." The best word I can use to sum up my emotions right now (aside from the obvious ones like rage, hatred, and disappointed) is BET
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Char
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Topping off my trio of weird reads this weekend is BUNNY. I'm not even sure that I understood everything that occurred in this book. In that regard, it was like a train wreck. The characters were so awesomely terrible, I couldn't look away! (Or is that HEAR away? Whatever.)

This was the story of a woman, Samantha Mackey, (or Smackey as her friend calls her), studying as a post graduate in a snooty New England college. It's also about this ultra-annoying group of women, (who come off more as high
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Blair
Samantha is a graduate student with writer's block. She's from a poor background and doesn't really fit in at moneyed Warren University, where her four workshop partners have formed an insular clique. They call themselves the Bunnies – they literally all call each other 'Bunny' – and their conversations are studded with declarations of love, cliched Instagram-hashtag phrases and sycophantic compliments on the brilliance and originality of one another's work. From the sidelines, Samantha finds it ...more
Thomas
Okay so I have no idea what the heck happened in this book. I got the basic premise: we follow Samantha Mackey, an MFA student at Warren University, an elite college school in New England. Samantha hates the Bunnies, a clique of four rich, popular female students who hug each other a lot and say fake nice things about each other’s writing. Samantha’s feelings toward the Bunnies start to shift though when they invite her to their Smut Salon, a night entrenched in mystery and erotica. After Samant ...more
Kate
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5/5stars

10/26/2019: honestly even better the second time i fucking adore this book Jonah is my baby boy if i could interview one author besides murakami it would be Mona Awad cause I just need to get sOME ANSWERS

9/23/2019: This was fucking FANTASTIC. If you love the same books as me you need to get this on your radar ASAP

- one of the absolute weirdest books I’ve read
- magical realism
- BEAUTIFUL but also creepy af writing
- dream like
- if murakami wrote an NA book with mostly female main characte
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Kayla Dawn
While I really appreciate the weirdness of this, I ended up being bored quite a lot.
monica kim
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
while i overall liked this one, especially in how absurd it gets, i felt like it was lacking in the actual writing. it got lost in its own weirdness and lost the heart of the story a bit. however, i definitely want to read more by this author and would still recommend checking this one out. ESPECIALLY if you’ve ever had any experience in writing workshops.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

3.5 Stars

“We never joke about bunnies, Bunny.”

A new release with comparisons to an old high school fave?????



Obviously I had to read it. But now that it’s over I’m not exactly sure what to say. I stumbled across another review that said this book was so far up its own ass it wasn’t even funny. I’ll give you that Bunny is a book that is up its own ass, but that’s kind of the entire point . . . and it's most certainly pretty funny
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2019
This book is bananas.
B-A-N-A-N-A-S
What are the limits of creativity and friendship? In the world of this novel, the answer to that might contain more blood and guts than your average MFA program (but really, what do I know?)

I liked Awad's previous novel, and this one is a bit more gritty, a bit more fantasy-based. I was pushed over the edge to read it when Gwen and Frank from The Librarian is In podcast (NYPL) chose it for their summer read.
David
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A horror novel set in a prestigious MFA program with a distinct Heathers vibe is one hell of a hand sell. But I just can't resolve that this bunny coven is comprised of grad students. These squealing mean girls with their ski jump noses and peach fuzz cheeks endlessly hugging and filled with mutual adoration feel like they're pulled from CW central casting for the latest high school drama. The Plastics with literary pretensions set their eyes on outsider Samantha Heather Mackey and are determine ...more
Theresa
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was fucked up, weird and utterly phenomenal.

I feel like this is one of those books that I could read 5 times over and I'd still be discovering new things about it. Absolutely wonderful, highly recommend if you're into reading weird shit .
Krystin Rachel
Book Blog | Bookstagram

“We never joke about bunnies, Bunny.”

Opening Hook: A writing exercise
Main Character: Every nerdy introvert who wants to experience being a Mean Girl.
Plot Twisty-ness: Purely demented.

This book hopped onto my TBR (hopped, get it? ...I'll show myself out,) after Tav of @readswithdogs (#bookstagram) gave it a 5-star review over the summer. She called it Clueless meets Heathers and quite frankly, what millennial isn't going to want to read that, like STAT? ASAP? OTHER ACR
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Mona Awad was born in Montreal and has lived in the US since 2009. Her debut novel, 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL, published on February 23, 2016 (Penguin Books) won the Amazon Best First Novel award and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. It was also longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Her new novel, BUNNY (Viking) will be released in 2019.

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