It was ok.
What did I just read?! Creepy, strange, trippy, and full of “what the...??” moments. I had a wee moment in the middle of this book where I‘d rather check the social media than read, so it took me longer to get through it than I would have liked. However, the concept is interesting, I enjoy the character of the professor, and it‘s a pick for me (not a hard pick for me, but still a pick)🐰🐰🐰
Oh Bunny! The buzz around this book was so weird!! It seemed like people either loved it or were utterly confused.
I loved it!!!
Samantha is a scholarship student at a prestigious university enrolled in a MFA program for creative writing. She hates a clique of three rich girls who like super cute things and call each other "bunny." But then! They invite her to one of their salons and THINGS GET WEIRD AND DANGEROUS.
I‘m a little behind on my October recommendations. But, I definitely want to put this on your radar in the Halloween season. Perfect if you like creepy but don‘t want your pants scared off.
This book is absolutely bananapants. It took a real swerve from the sort of ‘mean girls clique at an MFA program‘ right around the halfway point. I was reading in bed, turned to my husband and said, “Wow, this book is so f—-d up.”
Not done yet.
MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+
Mean Girls & Heathers...
Mashed w/Weird Science
New England University
See my reiview here⇢ https://leahsbookishobsession2.blogspot.com/2019/10/bunny-by-mona-awad.html
I finished reading Mona Awad's Bunny. I wish I could say I liked this book more than I did. It was different, which I appreciated. It ostensibly follows the trials and tribulations of Samantha, a 25 year old MFA student in creative writing at an elite university, who we are told many times over has a really vivid imagination and uses it to hide from the unpleasantness & demands of the "real world". Part satire, part fantasy (continued in comments)
Sorry, @pigeonsandcrows I couldn‘t resist.
I absolutely loved the first half of this novel, but the premise wore a bit thin for me as it went on. Still well worth a read for the wickedly subversive humor and for the undertone of loneliness and rejection that Awad deftly carries throughout to bring this wild plot down to earth.
Since I'm reading Bunny on my Kindle, here's a photo of a weird fake bunny to accompany my blurb. I'm about 65% done. It's hard not to feel that Mona Awad has a chip on her shoulder about her experience in the MFA program at Brown, although I am usually hesitant to draw a direct connection between an author's life and writing. This one is just begging to made, though. And that she's using this fantastical satirical style (continued in comments)
I‘m going to call this a pick with a huge caveat. It is SUPER WEIRD!!! And also VERY VIOLENT. Half the time I had no idea what was going on. It is also very creative and oddly compelling. I could never sum it up in a few sentences that would do it justice so I‘m just going to say that if you are in the mood for a strange, offbeat romp and can handle some blood give this one a try. But don‘t say I didn‘t warn you! 😜#itsreallybizarre
Time to wrap up September! I read a lot in the first half of the month then almost nothing in the second - the last couple weeks has been very dominated by trying to find a flat in London, which messed with my anxiety and made me ill 😕 but I have FOUND ONE and will be moving to London TODAY whaaaat. I‘ve dreamed of this for so long, I‘m still kinda sick with whatever virus I got while freaking out but I am MOVING TO LONDON
I'm reading Bunny on my Kindle so here's a photo of some actual bunnies to accompany my blurb. I'm about 12 chapters in and so far it is an easy read but perhaps a bit sophomoric? I was expecting dark and subversive but am underwhelmed at about 30% in. Keeping an open mind, though! Buddy read with @Susannah
Amazing! I love Bunny by Mona Awad. Absolutely entrancing and hilarious. So confusing. Insane. Mad. Bonkers. Yet a complete and utter work of art. Read but don‘t expect it to be sensible. This is a cheeky piece of literature with many unexpected and rather, well, nuts twists!
A new favourite! I can imagine this being a bit love-or-hate but I thought it was perfect. A dreamy, darkly but genuinely funny, Mean Girls meets Donnie Darko magic realist portrait of life at an exclusive New England arts programme. Samantha was a perfect main character, the transfiguration was astonishing, the social commentary on point. This will be in all my end year lists
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 at first appears. 4⭐️
Creepy, sad, smart and sinister. So many books are about the importance of a tribe but what if you don‘t have one, what if a ‘tribe‘ isn‘t your thing? Bunny is bizarre, part magical, part savage, part sweet, part harsh. It‘s compelling.
Every criticism you could make of Mona Awad‘s work, she‘s already mockingly made herself. It‘s “angry...scary-angry” & “obsessed with its own outsiderness.” Her heroine is “passive” & “things just happen to her.” I‘m not sure if this acknowledgment renders the aforementioned criticism invalid, but I kind-of lean towards thinking it does. Either way, her novel is incredibly self-aware, incredibly fucked up, & incredibly captivating, ultimately.👇🏻
I read 10 books this month, for 2475 pages. 4 ARC/galleys, 2 short stories, 1 nonfiction, 1 poetry, and 3 in translation (from Spanish, Swedish, Tibetan—but only the Spanish fits #witmonth 😕), and 1 from the Booker longlist. 7 by women. My two favorites are on the left. #augustwrapup #monthlywrapup
I decided that if I went to the beach late, I might be able to avoid the crowds. I decided right. 👌🏻
My husband‘s at work & he kind-of hates the beach, anyway. I didn‘t call any friends. I‘m really enjoying this time to myself, tbh. I think it‘s emphasized by the fact that the last time we laid on this blanket together, he got sand ALL. OVER. IT. It took everything in me not to complain. Loudly. 😅 Ahhh, sweet, clean-blanketed solitude.
Well... I‘ll never look at bunnies quite the same.
Heathers meets The Craft? For sure... but that doesn‘t even come close to accurately describing this crazy book!
Was it all really happening? A hallucination? A metaphor for something bigger? Maybe all of the above!! 🦢
Not for everyone, but I was definitely entertained and left wondering 🤔 ... “What the..?”
#booksandbooze #lastdaysofsummer #bunnieseverywhere
I think I'm probably in the minority about this! There were plenty of individual elements that appealed to me, but overall it wasn't a pick.
I was actually quite shocked to find out that Samantha is 25... the dynamics and dialogue felt closer to a high school setting rather than an elite MFA programme.
I definitely enjoyed some of the really skewering passages, but despite all the mayhem, I just didn't feel like the stakes were ever that high?
This book is weird. I loved it. Is it fantasy, magical realism, magic, or just about the power of loneliness and the human mind? I don‘t even like those genres, and this was totally not what I expected.
Loved this book & loved it even more after listening to the book club discussion episode of the (always great) The Librarian Is In podcast. It definitely has spoilers, so finish the book first! 😊😍
I stayed up late last night to finish this dark satire of academic writing programs & cult-like cliques. Awad‘s use of language gives me thrills of delight—“Her misty smile makes my skin crawl right out of the room.” Also, her playful commentary on writers being able to create fully-formed characters—can‘t explain that without giving away too much. Also, allusions to fairytales, classics like Alice in Wonderland & pop culture. Funny & smart.
“No, no, no. Not a novel, Bunny.”
“Which is no longer novel, you know.”
“Such a tired form.”
“What we‘re doing is far more …”
“Basically: a hybrid.”
A hybrid. That most obscure of academic beasts. What you call something when you just don‘t know what you‘re doing anymore.
I observe the events of the night before from a great, cloudlike height. I observe too that the bed is neither too hard nor too soft. It‘s a perfect bed. Just right. Goldilocks could set up shop here forever. Masturbate. I picture Goldilocks brazenly masturbating in this bed while the Three Bears watch. She is daring them with slitty eyes to tell her to stop. The Bears are too polite to say anything.