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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  7,376 ratings  ·  1,919 reviews
The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a clique of rich girls.

'We were just these innocent girls in the night trying to make something beautiful. We nearly died. We very nearly did, didn't we?'

Samantha Heather Mackey couldn't be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published June 13th 2019 by Head of Zeus (first published June 11th 2019)
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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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Kat
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, favorites
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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Betsy
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
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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
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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.
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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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D.  St. Germain
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.
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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
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Char
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
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
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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 ...more
Kate
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
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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.

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David Yoon
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
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Deece de Paor
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jenny
Jul 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*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
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Melki
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Krystin Rachel
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“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
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Frank Phillips
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!
Theresa
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 .
Rebecca McNutt
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
Sarah
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fiction
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
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David J
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anticipated-2019
4.5

Mona Awad’s Bunny is weird as hell and also so, so good. If you smash together the morbid weirdness of Ottessa Moshfegh’s books and then throw in a bit of Heathers and Jennifer’s Body and Donnie Darko, then this is what you get. It’s a bonkers and off-the-wall tale that was a delight to read.

Outcast Samantha Mackey attends the MFA program at Warren University, an elite university in New England. This small program consists of four other women who all affectionately call each other “Bunny,”
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Bri | bribooks
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dennis
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
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hillary
2.5 stars

My reaction from beginning to end:
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I read this book because everyone says it’s the weirdest shit they’ve ever read. I’m now joining that group of people. Duh. It's just impossible to finish this book and remain sane at the same time.

I'm so confused? I kind of understand the main goal of the book and part of what went on, but the rest is a blur. And I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing. The only thing I know for sure is that I would describe
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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.” 4 likes
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