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"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 are often found entangled in a group hug so tight they become one. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies' fabled "Smut Salon," and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door--ditching her only friend, Ava, a caustic art school dropout, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the sinister yet saccharine world of the Bunny cult and starts to take part in their ritualistic off-campus "Workshop" where they magically conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur, and her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies are brought into deadly collision. A spellbinding, down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and friendship and desire, Bunny is the dazzlingly original second book from an author whose work has been described as "honest, searing and necessary" (Elle)" --
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525559733
Branch Call Number: FICTION Awad Mona 05/2019
Characteristics: 305 pages ;,24 cm


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Mar 26, 2020

I always struggle with giving books a star rating, and this book is a good example of why. If you're looking for a book you will enjoy, purely as a story, this is a good one. Awad does a lot here that works for me- there are plenty of page-turning cliffhangers, her prose is bleeding with personality, and she knows when to be descriptive, and when to leave things up to your imagination. Something that stopped me a few times was the stories overabundance of endings (if that makes sense). The story is divided into acts, and the end of each act felt like it could have just been... the end. Everything that needed to be wrapped up felt nicely wrapped up, and every character reached some natural conclusion to an arc. In this way, Bunny feels less like one novel than it feels like a quick three-episode series.

This review was probably unhelpful, but Bunny is a weird book, and I feel a little unprepared to approach it as a critic- only as a reader. And as a reader, I enjoyed it! If you're looking for books with a strong narrative voice, check this one out.

Sep 21, 2019

This is full of amazing prose and phrases I would like to remember forever. It reminded me so much of my younger self when I felt like the awkward outsider. Always putting down the “cool” crowd but longing to be a part of it. Then the story turned weird. Creating a humonoculous out of sacrificed bunnies. What was real and what was Samantha imagining so fiercely she couldn’t discern reality. Her imaginings become her reality but with some repercussions she could not foresee. An intense story.


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