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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  51,627 ratings  ·  12,723 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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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.
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
2nd read: October 2021
buddy read with caitlin & my patrons

1st read: October 2020
buddy read with jaime & caitlin
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 ...more
I would join a cult with no questions asked.

I can't even pretend that I'm better than that, or smarter than that, or capable-er of reading red flags than that. The fact of the matter is that not only do I hate making decisions (and therefore find the idea of someone making all of mine for me very compelling), I also (due to years of being a teacher's pet nerd) am desperate to be cool.

Make that cult led by a bunch of hot girls in cute dresses and I am done for.

This is a very cool, very...funny in
chan ☆
Oct 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
people get exhausted trying to figure me out, and i just let them
- this book @ me, midway through

this is just bizarre and not in a way that has me wanting to figure out what happens next. i wanted to slam my head into a wall trying to puzzle my way through writing that used phrases like "gynecological hand gestures." like what the fuck does that even mean. i guess i now understand people's inability to put this book into words in their reviews. because the book has nothing tangible to explain.
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.


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
luce ❀ wishfully reading ❀
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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 intriguin
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 r
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
1 Star

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


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

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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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
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
“A book should be like an ax.”
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
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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I have no idea how i feel about this book.
i actually can't tell if i liked it or hated it... I need to sit with this for a while
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.
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
myo (myonna reads)
i think i had too high of expectations for this book because this gave absolutely nothing, i’m like so disappointed because i expected so much from this book 😭 and as a Heather’s fan i’m mad yall keep comparing because they share no similarities besides having all the girls share a name. It’s also not dark comedy cus aint shit funny in this book. I think for a dark academia book to have supernatural aspect it needed to at least explain that. I don’t mind unexplainable things or weird books but w ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laurie 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
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Nov 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020
I want to be the person likes weird books but I don't think I'm the person who likes weird books.


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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.
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I need somebody smarter than me to read this book and tell me what they think happened because I am so confused. The first half of this book is a brilliant satire of liberal art schools and pretentious art schools via a sort of Stepford Wives medium and I was super into it. The Bunnies, like the Plastics from Mean Girls, were compelling Queen Bee figures and I was interested in their culty vibe.

Then... the book starts getting really weir
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
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
Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i dont know what the fuck i just read. i dont know why im emotional about it by the end. i dont know why i fucking loved it.
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know , what did I even read ? I'm just realy sad because I realy wanted to love this😿. I didn't find it fun or unique but just weird and confusing🙄
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
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
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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 (Penguin Books, 2016), won the Amazon Best First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Her second novel, BUNNY (Viking, 2019), was a finalist for a GoodReads Choice Award for Best Horror, the New England Book Award and the Massachusetts Book Award. It won the Ladies ...more

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