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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  135 reviews
"A wild, audacious and ultimately unforgettable novel." — Los Angeles Times

"Every time I open it up, I stumble upon a crackling sentence." — The New York Times

"Awad is a stone-cold genius." — The Washington Post

The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel from the acclaimed author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

"We were just these in
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Viking
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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 smarty-pants big on ritualistic gatherings and down for some light

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
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
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
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: can-con, 2019, arc
We call them Bunnies because that's what they call each other. Seriously. Bunny.


Hi, Bunny!

Hi, Bunny!

What did you do last night, Bunny?

I hung out with you, Bunny. Remember, Bunny?

That's right, Bunny, you hung out with me and it was the best time I ever had.

Bunny, I love you.

I love you, Bunny.

And then they hug each other so hard I think their chests are going to implode. I would even secretly hope for it from where I sat, stood, leaned, in the opposite corner of the lecture hall, departmen
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, you
Jessica Sullivan
What did I just read?! Okay. Imagine the dark humor of Heathers, the body horror of David Cronenberg and the dystopian speculative fiction of Black Mirror all coming together in a bizarre fever dream that’s sort of a satire of the creative process and MFA programs.

Because that’s what this is.

Samantha is an outsider in her creative writing program at an elite university. When a group of cult-ish popular girls known as the Bunnies invite her to their Workshop to help get her out if her writing slu
May 22, 2019 added it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I think the comp to The Vegetarian is wrong. This isn't like that one. But it is VERY much like One Bloody Thing After Another and other Joey Comeau writing meets Heathers. It's dark and bloody and weird and makes little sense except it also makes complete sense. There's not a good way to explain this one -- it's about a woman named Samantha who is in an all-female MFA workshop at a prestigious school. She loathes the women who she calls bunnies; they're rich and perfect and always write about T ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"We're not bored in the slightest, ever, ever."

I loved Bunny SO MUCH. I had no idea what to expect with this book, and it was amazing. I don't want to say very much about it because you deserve to experience this insanity on its own. Bunny is one of my favorite books I've read this year so far, and it's such an entertaining and unique story. This book had everything I wanted, and some additional weirdness sprinkled on top. Go read it!!
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
okay I’ll be honest I didn’t actually finish this one. I just don’t know if I can?? throughout reading it I was constantly in between thinking it was it was well done or over done and I think I hit a point may have been over done.
writing about writing and the writing world is always tricky and definite props for awad for writing whatever the hell she wanted and writing something as fun as this. I got a big kick out of reading what I did of Bunny because it is what it makes fun of and
Alex Hoeft
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I doubt I’ll ever able to understand the messages this book is trying to impart, or the undertones, but the writing was really great and I couldn’t stop reading? Don’t ask me to tell you the theme of this book because I’ll probably just start eating your corsage with a blank look on my face, okay Bunny? 👻🌷
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Books about writers and writing are always intriguing. For anyone who’s had to sit through the excruciating pain of a writing workshop, similar to being stretched across a medieval torture table, there will be so many moments in here that spark full-on glee. And while Awad is being purposefully flippant and wildly over-the-top satirical, it is at the same time a perfectly realistic representation of what goes on in the much-lauded circles of writing workshops everywhere.

And that is just barely t
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to even begin with this book? I want to say everything and absolutely nothing, because I adored it, but I also want the reader to have an unspoiled experience. Especially because you will read this one and simultaneously shake with laughter while whispering "what the actual f*ck" to yourself. It's that hilariously twisted. I read almost the entire book in a single afternoon.

I will say that BUNNY is about a group of annoyingly "Heatheresque" girls who attend a prestigious school's MFA progr
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly, I have no idea what I just read. I’m not sure if I loved it or hated it.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Described as The Vegetarian meets Heathers, this was one I could not wait to start - and I found myself doing something I haven't done in aaages, which is putting it down because I did not want the book to end. It's strange and compelling and almost as good as Helen Ellis's Eating the Cheshire Cat, one of the most underrated books of all time. Though this book is ostensibly about a young woman in an MFA program and her cruel cohort, it's even more about loneliness, identity, and the longing for ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
third wave feminist art as blood magic? i've never been more in. conventionall attractive clique of wealthy girls are the complex villains? so so good. scathing , hilarious, and also somehow very accurate but mystical take on academia? chef's kiss. stunning & supportive relationship between two women in a queer coded friendship? incredible. wish it was more outwardly queer, but it's fine, i guess! incredibly and confusingly hot monsters? very in. bunny is so gripping and unsettling and has a ...more
Darryl Suite
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought The Pisces was going to be the weirdest book I read all year. And then Bunny walked into the room like “Heeeeeeyyy.” Bunny is like a mishmash of Mean Girls, horror, body horror, fantasy, supernatural, coming-of-age, fairy-tale, and a more deranged adult version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory if it took place at a liberal arts college. A candy-colored world with a stench of rot lurking beneath the surface. Sinister mentions of cake, cupcakes, muffin mix, frosting, sprinkles, cooki ...more
This book is Mean Girls on acid. It's The Secret History, hot pink, doused in lemon cake scented perfume, and covered in blood. It's the book Kristen Roupenian wishes she wrote. I absolutely devoured Bunny over the last few days. It's a dark and sparkly fever dream, one I'm still not sure I've woken up from. Mona Awad has created a story that is likely to be polarizing. It's easily hateable, for someone who dislikes consistent discomfort and horrible people in a narrative. Thankfully, it's my fa ...more
Girl Well Read
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss, reviewed
A special thank you to Edelweiss and Viking for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Set at Warren, an Ivy League university in a bleak New England town, Bunny is told from the sardonic perspective of Samantha Heather Mackey—Smackie for short.

Smackie is a lonely scholarship student whose only friend is Ava, a nihilistic and captivating art school drop out. But everything changes when Samantha receives a glitter-covered invitation to the Bunnies' fabled "Smut Salon" and finds herself ditching
Linda Munro
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from a goodreads giveaway.

I have to admit, Alice in Wonderland has nothing on this book! The true question is, have I entered the drugged mind of a writer or have I jumper aboard a time machine reverting to the 1960’s with a big sign flashing BAD TRP!?

As a product of the 60’s I would call this book less a product of imagination and more a product of illicit drugs.

I must it appears the author had recalled being an outsider perfectly, as well as a sense of belonging and longin
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this one! A story about a lonely grad student who gets drawn into a clique of of rich girls. It was weird and strange and totally bizarre! It reminded me of mean girls a lot but darker and much more disturbing. It is an intensely written darkly funny book.

Thank you to the Publisher for sending me this book.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Man. This book was fantastic. I tend to really enjoy books about spoiled, often-wealthy, white people attending fancy schools in the Northeast and 'Bunny' is among the best of those.

I also enjoy books about art and artists and magical realism and this book checked those boxes too. Honestly, for my tastes, it was essentially perfect. Strange and exciting, beautifully written and funny too. Perfect.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tob, audio
While I liked a lot of the writing, this fever dream weirdness is not my kind of pleasure reading. Many people will love this book and there's a lot to love, just not by me.
kerry cullen
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
totally nuts, gorgeously vicious; i wanted to eat the sentences. love love love
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really more like 3.5, but being generous.
"The Vegetarian" meets "Heathers" really ~is~ a great elevator pitch for this, but unfortunately that pitch also implies something ultimately a little more successful than BUNNY ends up being. What starts off as a traditional campus novel quickly veers into some truly surreal Oyeyemian territory... but once there, the story gets a bit lost trying to find its way back to some sense of reality. Still, the first introduction to Workshop is worth the price of
Melissa Anderson
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect from this novel. I won it and had no expectations going in. I loved it. The perfect dark comedy, bordering on a horror story. The story is about Samantha, a talented writer at a prestigious east coast school called Warren. She is the outsider in her Workshop. The other four classmates are what Samantha calls, Bunnies. These girls call each other Bunny. Hug in huddles and squeal at each other. Samantha hates these girls, until one day she is invited to one of their Sm ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This book certainly sent me down an unexpected rabbit hole (#seewhatididthere). It was way out of my comfort zone and simultaneously fascinated and repelled me. I spent the whole time trying to decide whether to keep reading it. It was headed in such strange places, I ultimately decided I had to see it through to the end. I think I am glad I did?! I am still not sure I understand what happened and probably never will. The Heathers reference is certainly spot on, and Awad even makes the perfect C ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bunny took over my life for a couple of days and I’m still not entirely sure what happened in terms of plot but the emotional resonance outweighed questions about whether the narrator, Samantha Heather Mackie (aka Smackie to her friend Ava), had a psychotic break, was drugged, was inventing her own world (she is, after all, an MFA student in fiction), or was overwhelmed by grief after a family death. Or all of the above.

But it didn’t matter. The narrative is bold, written with spiky intensity an
And the most original novel of 2019 award goes to... Mona Awad's Bunny ! This book is seriously a concoction of oddball camp meets horror. Try following along with Awad's quirky new release without saying "WTF?!", I dare you.

Bunny takes place at Warren University, located in New England. Samantha Mackey is a student at Warren University, in a select MFA program that is only afforded to the creative or wealthy. Samantha has been given assistance because of her writing capabilities, but often t
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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.

Her writing has also appeared in Mc

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