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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,219 ratings  ·  342 reviews
"One of the most pristine, delightful attacks on popular girls since Clueless. Made me cackle and nod in terrified recognition." - Lena Dunham

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meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a clique of rich girls who seem to move and speak as one

"We were just these innocent girls in the night trying
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Hamish Hamilton
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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 boo
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
third wave feminist art as blood magic? i've never been more in. conventionally 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 ...more
H- hey... uh... MFA students? Are you OK?

(4 stars--I really liked it. This book defies expectations and a review. It's totally off-the-wall bonkers. Part literary fiction, part horror, part weird fiction--be warned if you're squeamish.)
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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!!
Meagan (she/her)
Honestly, I have no idea what I just read. I’m not sure if I loved it or hated it.
Alex Hoeft
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
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
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
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
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Darryl Suite
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Very satisfying. Samantha is a graduate student in a MFA program at a prestigious Rhode Island college. She is plagued by writers block and by four colleagues, the self professed "Bunnies" (You're so cute Bunny! No, you are!) who write insipid, erotic fiction. Samantha loathes the Bunnies but is also strangely drawn to to them. When she is finally invited to join the Bunnies' clique, she falls down a crazy, disturbing rabbit hole (pun intended) involving magic and a lot of blood and guts. Animal ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny Bunting
DNF at 37% on the audiobook.

This book is too weird and self-important for me. Also, I'm triggered as a former creative writing major in college so I don't need to read or listen to it; I lived it.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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.
kerry cullen
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
totally nuts, gorgeously vicious; i wanted to eat the sentences. love love love
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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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“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.” 1 likes
“Now I see his leonine face fall slightly at the sight of students with whom he must fraternize. Ask about their summers. Their writing. Did they get their stipend checks okay? And then there’s the fact that I’m one of the students. Makes it much more difficult. But he smiles. Of course he does. It’s his job.” 0 likes
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