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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Hilarious, bold, sparky and surprising, this is the funniest feminist book you'll read all year.

Alex is a rebel from the tip of her purple fauxhawk to the toes of her biker boots. She's tried everything she can think of to get expelled from her strict Catholic boarding school. Nothing has worked so far - but now, Alex has a new plan.

Tired of the sexism she sees in every co
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 11th 2021 by Penguin
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Apr 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
my lord I want to read this now.
1.5/5 Stars - DNF at 26%

This book is...not good. I was initially interested in it as it is shelved on Goodreads as having queer rep and it sounds like a fun, Juliet Takes A Breath-esque take on feminism, but I was sadly misled. I had to DNF the book about a quarter of the way through because I just wasn't enjoying it (the book itself, that is, as I felt that the audiobook narrator did a great job!). First of all, I'm not sure why this book is shelved as LGBT+ on Goodreads, perhaps there is a que
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A surprisingly funny, important story about feminism in a Catholic Boarding School, this story sees Alex, a modern rebel trying to put on a stage play of The Vagina Monologues - in a school that is too scared to say the word vagina.

I initially thought that I was going to detest the main character, Alex. She claims to be this bad ass feminist, while shaming the other girls for their personal choices. However, the book is very self aware and showed her growing as a person
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This was such a great book and nothing like I expected.

I’m not a feminist 100% but do believe in equality.

This is unexpectedly set in a Catholic school of all places and you know what, it was the perfect setting. This is funny and serous all at the same time with a lifetime of learning.

The girls are great and the main character, well, what’s the difference between a rebel and someone who has strong opinions? Work that one out and you’ll fully understand
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fun, feminist YA that had me laughing almost every page. Perfect for those rebellious teens and those wanted to feel empowered by the message this book has to offer.

The characters were so lovely, Alex and Mary Kate just has the purest friendship despite being so drastically different and honestly just wonderful main characters. Of course, Alex being the rebellious teen she is was so wonderful and funny to read as she went on her journey to try and bring about radical change at her boarding sc
this is the american, feminist, book version of the british tv series derry girls.
sometimes, the author throws in one too many punchline but this book remains very light, fun and entertaining while dealing with really important topics.
KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews
3.5 Stars

Synopsis: Alex is rebellious, a feminist, and a student at a strict Catholic school – St Mary’s. Constantly in trouble for her rebellious behaviour, Alex has been on the brink of expulsion – just to have her dad save her place. Now she has a new plan, tired of the sexism pervading the school and with expulsion as her goal, Alex is determined to perform The Vagina Monologues. But in a school where no-one will even use the ‘V’ word Alex has set herself an impossible challenge.

CW/TW: Drug
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing


I loved stories that make me laugh, and “Bad Habits” had me rolling with its light-hearted humor.

Firstly, I loved how complex the author wrote the characters. Although the plot is light-hearted, you see various changes that some of the characters go through. Alex is fantastic as the main character. She is crass, witty, and awkward, but SO entertaining! I loved how she takes charge and does things impulsively, even if it woul
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it

I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you to the blog tour organiser, author, and publisher for allowing me to participate in this tour and for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney is a hilarious and fun YA contemporary novel about Alex Heck, a young, feisty feminist who is at St Mary’s boarding school and trying to change everything about the place and the people. This book is set at a pri
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
'Bad Habits' by Flynn Meaney was the first book by this author that I have read. It promised feminist power, fun and rebellion and it certainly delivered.

However, at this moment I am struggling to point out what I enjoyed from this book. Towards the end of this book, I was skim reading as I just could not fully immerse myself within this story. I think my main issue was the protagonist, Alex.

Though there were a few times where I laughed out loud, most of my reading experience was punctuated by m
Jennifer Ayre
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm not really the intended audience for this book, and I think I definitely felt it in some places.
Alex is a rebel, and is trying her best to get expelled from her Catholic boarding school. So she decides to do the most shocking thing she can: put on a production of The Vagina Monologues.
I liked the premise of this, and I think this is a book that 16-18 year olds would really engage with. I liked the portrayal of the patriarchy and dichotomy that is ingrained especially in Catholic schools, an
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
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Alex Heck from San Francisco was sent to a Catholic boarding school in Minnesota by her dad when she was deemed out of control and needing discipline. Ever since, Alex has been trying her damnedest to get expelled. To no avail. But this time she has the perfect plan. She is going to stage a production of The Vagina Monologues. She’s positive that will finally get her kicked out and maybe give a few of her nemeses (nuns and priests) a heart attack or stroke while she’s at it. No
Jayasree B
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
One will either go "bah!", or get hooked on to it from the get go. Bad Habits is a book about Alex, and her life at St. Mary's, a Catholic boarding school. The major portion of the book is all about teenagers and them finding their footing, making their space… basically, becoming their future selves. It makes for an interesting read. Not some philosophical coming of age, jargon filled book this. Bad Habits is a more hilarious version of it. With its protagonist literally having a "lightbulb" mom ...more
You can find my full review on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Den, here.

Many thanks to Penguin for a copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Not gonna lie, I saw that this was pushed as a feminist novel, and I was very turned off. I have been burned before, okay? BURNED! Do you hear me?! Also, I don’t hate all men, nor do I think all men are bad, and I am very turned off by books that imply that. So you maybe see my struggles? WORRY NOT, FELLOW READERS. This is not that book, and I absolute

After the divorce of her parents, Alex was sent to a Catholic boarding school. Alex is an individualist, feminist and rules breaker. She works for a long time to be finally kicked out of the school and come back to California. She was very close to it when she didn’t come back to her dormitory before the curfew. However, her father has a connection in the school, he talked with the principal, who was his good friend back in the days, that she will finish her studies in this school no mat
Dean Osborne
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bad Habits is the riotous, fun, and humour filled feminist read of 2021.

First of all I want to mention that the main theme of Bad Habits is feminism and it goes a long way to highlight the everyday sexism that exist in society. Throughout the book we are remained that not all sexism is glaringly obvious. Some are little comments or micro aggressions that although don't seem to be offensive they do reinforce sexist ideas that lay below the surface and are just as detrimental as the more obvious a
Amy Louise
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I signed up for the blog tour for this book because the blurb and PR release made me snort the cup of tea I was I drinking at the time. And, further full disclosure: that has not been the only laugher based accident that has occurred during the course of reading Flynn Meaney’s hilarious YA contemporary novel Bad Habits.

Bad Habits follows Alex, a junior year student at St Marys Catholic Boarding School. St Marys is a place of tradition. They love peace and quiet, wholesome extra-
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Melissa Young
*I was given an arc of Bad Habits in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Penguin Random House UK and Flynn Meaney*

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Bad Habits follows Alex Heck, a rebellious feminist who is desperate to get kicked out of the Catholic boarding school she attends. After being caught sneaking out of a boys room, which is strictly forbidden, Alex is angry that she is the only on
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Dave @ The Write Reads, Penguin, and Netgalley for sending me a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

As you all probably know by now, I am a sucker for a great cover. So, when Dave sent out the email about this tour and I saw that bright, yellow gloriousness, I knew I had to sign up! How could I say no to something that looked so vivid and fun?

Thankfully, the book’s cover did not deceive. Bad Habits is a raucous good time and our main character, Alex, absolutely comes to life
Kate A
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.5/5

I think I could tell as soon as I looked at the cover that this was going to be a very entertaining book and it didn’t take that many pages to prove me right. I do enjoy this kind of book, easy to read, absorbing and amusing, whilst also having a great message but one that didn’t feel forced.

Alex is an interesting character, at times unpredictable and sassy at others vulnerable and loyal, she definitely stands out and is certainly more vocally progressive than most of her classmates
bookslovereaders Steph
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well this book is a definite must add to your TBRs. I thoroughly enjoyed Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney and found that the main character Alex has become a new firm favourite of mine! It has humour with laugh out loud moments as well as topics that some might find disturbing/hard to read but I will get onto them.

So let’s talk Content Warning/Trigger Warning before I continue on…. it does have strong sexual references, mention of unprotected sex, drug use and alcohol use and some references to sexual
Amy Rush Da Silva
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
I recieved this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

It’s been a while since I’d read an empowering, feminist tale, so when I heard about Bad Habits I knew I had to get my hands on it. I was instantly drawn into it by the gorgeous cover and the incredible sounding synopsis. It’s no secret to say that I was looking forward to meeting Alex and seeing what her story was like.

Alex is a rebel by no means and has been trying everything she can to be expelled from her strict Cat
Danni (_forbookssake)
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 star, but rounding up*

I was so excited when Dave @ The Write Reads first mentioned this tour, and immediately signed up for it. I am so glad that I did, because Bad Habits is a fantastic book. Can we also take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the book cover is? THOSE COLOURS! Very punk inspired, which is very fitting for Alex’s character.

From the very first page, Alex’s rebellious behaviour had me giggling, and I could tell that this was going to be a book that I would enjoy, and my firs
Bryony Indecisive Reader
“And what I learned from that is that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Or a virgin by their crucifix. Or a feminist by their purple fauxhawk. Or a hockey player by their … bloody gums. Even in a place like this, people have stuff going on underneath that you have no idea about, ya know?“

You know, if this was the conclusion the book/main character had come to earlier in the book, I may have loved it, but the fact that we had to get to the FINAL chapter to realise that feminism means different
Gabriela Pop
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it
I definitely think this is the kind of book I would've really loved and adored as a youngling feminist. I thought the main character was a very dynamics protagonist with a lot of spunk, which truly drove the story forward with such ease. I loved the fact that while there was a romance subplot within the broader story (which felt very authentic to the main character to be fair), it never derailed the story from its real heart - fema
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
'Bad Habits' is what would happen if you dropped the Derry Girls into a boarding school in rural Minnesota and asked them to stage a production of 'The Vagina Monologues'. I had no difficulty imagining this hilarious novel as a sitcom, a series of brilliantly funny moments which make up a term of Alex Heck's life at St Mary's Catholic School. Alex is a feminist (and president of The Feminist Club, total members:6) and always finding herself in some sort of trouble. Escapades with sex, alcohol an ...more
Zoe M
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This hilarious story follows Alex, a student at St Mary's Catholic boarding school. A place she does not want to be and is only there due to her parents splitting up and her father went there. Alex is a rebel and does her best to be the total opposite of what the school believes in. After sneaking out of the boys dorm and only her being punished her father comes to the school. She's disappointed when she's not expelled and decides that she wants to be expelled and show her feminism side and put ...more
Kate Henderson
Feb 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
**Listened to the audio book**

What was this?! I don't think the author even knows!
Firstly, the narrator of this audio book was incredibly annoying, and therefore made me dislike the central character from the get-go. I appreciate the character isn't really supposed to be likeable, but you should feel some empathy towards her.
I felt the plot was just all over the place. What was the message? What was the point? Was it about friendship? Performance? Religion? Rules? I just didn't get it! It follo
Tessa (Talks Books)
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bad Habits is a brash and boisterous look at feminism in a Catholic boarding school, and it will keep you laughing long after you close it for the final time.

What I Liked

The story is funny on the surface, but underneath there’s a potentially tragic story in the making, both masked and reflected by Alex’s rebelliousness and witty cynicism. Alex’s dad enrolled her in the school he went to after he and her mother divorced. It’s never stated, but the situation sounds like her dad was trying to remov
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Flynn Meaney is an alumna of the University of Notre Dame and the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Hunter College.

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