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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  4,919 ratings  ·  1,288 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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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

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
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019

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.
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
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
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
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.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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.

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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2019
This book is bananas.
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.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
From upstairs, I hear more screams.

"Don't you guys hear that?"

They look at one another. Genuine confusion troubles their brows. "Hear?"

"That screaming?!"

"Your beauty is like screaming, Samantha," says Beowulf, touching my face. He strokes it with his gloved hand, like my skin is the most delicate pet.

The lights go off.

There's something pretty creepy going on at a prestigious New England college . . .

Samantha, a grad student, has so far avoided getting involved with the four other
David Yoon
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 ...more
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.
Frank Phillips
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Wow??!! This book was so incredibly strange and unique! I didn't really understand what was going on for the most part of it, which seems to be the consensus amongst most readers. Despite the constant state of confusion, something kept me intrigued enough to continue reading. Not sure how I feel about the ending, or if I even understand it. I'm interested in what this author will write as a follow-up to this novel!
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
Believe what everyone's saying about Bunny - Mona Awad's latest novel based on her experiences studying for an MFA is totally bonkers. Imagine if Ottessa Moshfegh had written Mean Girls and then chucked in some witchcraft and a bit of the plot of the movie Heathers and you'd be on your way to understanding what reading Bunny is like.

While this isn't really my "thing" on paper (I'll fully admit I requested this because of the hype surrounding it), and while I'm sure it won't be for some I found
Bri | bribooks
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A decidedly trippy and twisted read, Bunny is a book you’ll finish likely unsure of what, exactly, you just experienced.

What began as a cynical and razor-sharp send-up of Mean Girls evolved into a brilliant trip into the horrific and uncanny. I’m not sure what I liked more: the snappy examination of college life or the author’s portrait of female relationships.

A strange and addictive book that hasn’t quite left my mind, Bunny is a book without any visible flaw. A true experience!
Rebecca McNutt
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Bunny, often compared in literary advertisements to Heathers, The Neon Demon and Valley of the Dolls, presents an interesting premise that blows the top off of the horror underlying a preppy New England fine arts school. There were a few things that I definitely liked about this book; the prose was darkly poetic and often absolutely beautiful, I think the book does capture the elitism and pretentiousness of this societal culture very well, and the book can work as both satire and horror. I've ...more
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
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
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
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
Jun 25, 2019 added it
Let me tell you about this book. About this weird f*cking book.
This book is the kind of book I would have never picked up if I knew what it actually was about, but because I went in mostly blind, I read it, and I somehow got pulled into the story. I think that might be the only reason this book is read by people because it catches you off-guard with its strangeness. Think about the weirdest book you've ever read, and then multiply that weird factor by 100 and then you might get close to this
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
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I read something that called this a combination of Heathers and The Craft. It is. It really is.

It's also weird.

This is, quite honestly, one of the strangest books I've ever read. I don't do drugs, but I imagine if I ever took some bad LSD, while watching Alice in Wonderland, I might find myself stuck in this book, screaming to get out. I spent a good part of the book waiting for this all to be a dream.

It wasn't.

I finished this last week. I still don't know if I liked it.

I do know that it's
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,
Roman Clodia
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
... perhaps a Moorish prince with kohl-lined eyes, familiar with unorthodox hair-braiding techniques and the writings of Sade. An Other but not a so Scary Other that he won't be able to make her tea with the dainty gestures of an anemic Englishman.

Wow, this is a blast! Firstly, Awad can write - her prose is fizzing and dynamic, surprising and just so fresh.

Add to that a weird, funny, oh-so-knowing storyline that shoots off allusions in all directions (the campus novel, Mean Girls, The Secret
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a great time reading this dark, creepy, absurdly funny satire of MFA programs. Centered around an outsider who finds herself enmeshed in the insular, clique-ish MFA program at an elite New England school. So many tropes of “women’s” writing are paraded out and chopped up with an axe (literally). On the serious side, though, book also looks at ways that the imagination can both save us and isolate us. More profound than it at first appears.
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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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“Behold the lavish tent under which the overeducated mingle, well versed in every art but the one of conversation.” 5 likes
“I don’t have those hair salon novels anymore. I like to think they were swallowed up in the Falls after she died. In my memory, those years remain my most prolific writing period although I’ve never really not written, never not had another world of my own making to escape to, never known how to be in this world without most of my soul dreaming up and living in another. Until I came here. Sometimes it’s good to take a break, the Lion said to me last January, whisking his tea. Focus on other things. Read. Be a guest in other worlds. Perhaps you’re growing. Evolving. Trust, Samantha. Patience.” 3 likes
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