Bunny Author Mona Awad (NEW)

Iltered through her descriptions and the prose is precise overly crafted the reader is bludgeoned with adjectives with a particular mphasis on smells pinned into place with poetic words where the bunnies outfits are described in very scene creating a sensory overload that is freuently original and poetic but is sometimes just too much don t get me wrong i loved most of the writing She shivers at the view of the grand trees as if they re not trees at all but something truly vile like all the rosy blond light that seems to forever bathe the campus is about to punch her in the face like a terrible fist of richthere s just a lot of chewy prose here and sometimes it s a description bogand then bonkers nsuesit s really fun and sharp and shivery with a macabre fairy tale overlay that gives it a uniue spin on the coming of age tale coming of age might seem misplaced considering these are MFA students but they read much younger than their actual age not just the self consciously girly girl bunnies but also in the themes samantha brings to the narrative her awkwardness and loneliness and leftover adolescent self consciousness about fitting in finding her place for all of her ostensible disgust at the bunnies their camaraderie is not without appeal for someone defined by loneliness and survival mode mbracing of their own otherness it may not have been the book i thought i was going to read but it was a very pleasant surprise and ven though i am being intentionally vague about where this one ll take you i ncourage you to find out for yourself because bonkers is way better than boringthat was unexpected i need to process this one a little bit review TKcome to my blog HmmmmI have no idea what I just read or how to review it Does that work as a proper review I m not ven going to attempt discussing the plot becausebecause 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 ntire time I read I had no idea what was going on and I still don t Not a fucking clueAnd then they hug ach other so hard I think their chests are going to implode I would A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, even secretly hope for it from where I sat stood leaned in the opposite corner of the lecture hall department lounge auditorium bearing witness to four grown women my academic peers cooingly strangleach other hello Or goodbye Or just because your so amazing Bunny How fiercely they gripped ach other s pink and white bodies forming a hot little circle of such rib crushing love and understanding that it took my breath away And the nuzzling of ski jump noses and peach fuzzy cheeks Temples pressed against temples in a way that made me think of The Labial Rubbing Bonobo Or labial rubbing bonobo or telepathy of beautiful murderous children in horror films All ight of their yes shut tight as if this collective asphyxiation were a kind of religious bliss All four of their glossy mouths making suealing sounds of monstrous love that hurt my face I love you Bunny Did I like it I kind of did I can *t deny the talent of this author She s a wordsmith without * deny the talent of this author She s a wordsmith without doubt This book is being compared to Heathers and

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think it an appropriate comparison only this book is so much stranger So much weirder Some of the observations made by Samantha our narrator are downright snarky and hilarious and I was digging the vibe but then it all gets to be a bit too much A bit too out there ven for a weirdo like me Toward the nd of the book I came across this uote in which I highlighted because it summed up my thoughts xactly JUST SAY IT TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TELL ME WHAT THE FUCK THIS MEANS AND WHAT YOU DID EXACTLY 3 WTF just happened stars Thank you to Edelweiss Viking Books for providing me with a digital ARC in The Power Of A Choice exchange for my honest review Well I didn t like it And I thinkveryone was hitting the crack pipe I m weird and messed up nough without this And it seems like they were blowing up bunnies or some weird shit YeahSo I m climbing out of the rabbit hole and on to the next book Happy Reading Mel BLOG This is the strangest book I ve ver read but I kind of loved it I recently just read this for a video having absolutely no idea what it was about or what to xpect but I m genuinely surprised by how much I njoyed this I think the other reviewers comparisons are completely accurate this story is Mean Girls meets Frankenstein meets The Secret History meets Jennifer s Body and it also reminds me a lot of the movie Sorry to Bother You as wellBut this story is so fucking weird and strange and like nothing I ve The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right ever read before And the writing is so damn good and interesting and kind of beautiful But this story is fucking terrifying at times and all the characters are bizarre but there s just something about it Here s the reading vlog where I read this. A 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 thedges 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 a dazzlingly original second book.

Mona Awad í 2 Summary

Super fucking bizarre i loved iti usually don t compare titles to Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling explain books but i think it s the best way toxplain this one sooooheathers meets the craft meets frankenstein explain books but i think it s the best way to Monsieur Pain explain this one sooooheathers meets the craft meets frankenstein that sounds like a good time to you READ THIS Okay what just happened hereI ll uote one of the characters toxplain my feelings about Bunny And then I feel like screaming JUST SAY IT TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TELL ME WHAT THE FUCK THIS MEANSThe publisher s blurb doesn t ven 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 uite right so then I thought Okay maybe it s Stephen King does Mean Girls It turned out that that description didn t capture it ither The best I can come up with is Stephen King trips on acid and writes an R rated Mean GirlsBunny is so strange that it s hard to form an opinion but I think I liked it Maybe my opinion will change after I sit with it a bit or maybe I ll be ually as confused The weirdness did make some parts of the the plot hard to follow but I think Bunny is supposed to be disorienting by design On another note I appreciated Awad s sense of humor which is on full display when she describes the Bunnies for the first time She definitely places us right inside the MC s headThis novel is so odd that it s not going to be for veryone but I d rate this a 355 rounded up to 4 starsThanks to Edelweiss and Viking for providing me with a DRC of this novel 2 starsThere are those bizarre and xperimental books that manage to be ntertaining transgressive and on occasion Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. 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 to Scream ueens and The Babysitter then Heathers The writing style of this book gives me strange claustrophobia like I had with Normal Peoplepaired with the stunning assumption like writing of CMBYNmixed in with a bit of AHS Coven My mind is fried but I am satisfied also as a masters student I was like AH SO THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE SEEEEEEEN One of the weirdest fucking books I vever read This book is the product child of a love triangle if Mean Girls and Alice in Wonderland fell in love with The CraftIf you like pretentious people in cliues and sacrificial cults and xploding heads and truly WTF moments all at the same time getting their MFAs in writing and lit Then this one is for you4 STARS The poets brace themselves for imminent overeducated poverty Samantha Heather Mackey couldn t be 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 cliue of unbearably twee rich girls who call ach other Bunny But verything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies fabled Smut Salon Wickedly funny and deliciously dark Bunny is a messed up fever dream that I did not want to wake up fromIt s best to know as little as possible before starting this one I really had no clue what was coming and it was a helluva ride It gets very dark and pretty brutal at times there are some violent scenes However this contrasts nicely with Awad s often hilarious writing and the saccharine characters in their beautifully patterned dresses and heart shaped sunglassesThere s lots of what the fuck just happened moments and at times when I think back over it I m still unsure xactly what was going on at points This would certainly benefit from a reread in the future However Bunny lives up to its reputation of a book described as The Heathers meets The Craft I truly can t come up with a better selling point than that I ve also seen it described as The Secret History meets Jennifer s Body which also seems absolutely perfectSet at an Ivy League university in New England this ticks a number of boxes in terms of location for me It s a book that also seemingly pokes fun at prestigious MFA programs and I feel like Awad has a lot of fun with thatIt won t be a hit for Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, everyone but I m a tad obsessed with this book and would recommend giving it a shot if it appeals to you in any way One of the most uniue andnjoyable books I ve read this year 45 stars oooh goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST HORROR 2019 what will happenthis book is straight up bonkers seeing this was set at an Il morto di Maigret elite newngland university with an xclusive cliue at its center and seeing it compared to Heathers i went into it xpecting a Megan Abbott yThe 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 * a hat but also featuring a bunch soulless smarty pants big on ritualistic gatherings and down for some light murder yes and pleasethis is not that which is not to The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny seductively strange novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a cliue of rich girls who seem to move and speak as one We were just these innocent girls in the night trying to make something beautiful We nearly died We very nearly did didn't weSamantha Heather Mackey couldn't be of an outsider in her small highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University A scholarship student who prefers the company of. Ay it s bad AT ALL it s just not what i thought i was getting into it is ALSO not although this is freuently true of other books that it is being misrepresented by overzealous marketing you see it is also compared to The Vegetarian which i have not read but now that i ve looked into that book if i HAD read it i probably would have been less taken aback by what this book actually is which is as previously stated bonkers this is The Secret History through the looking glass carroll s white rabbit split into four xcessively co dependent MFA students twitchy and touchy feely and calling ach other bunny operating symbiotically as a we Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition each maintaining a specifically regimented style ofxpression in appearance and craft but otherwise inseparablesamantha our narrator and ntry into this world is the fifth person in the workshop on the awkward periphery of these cooing girls who always SEEM TO BE MONKEY GROOMING ONE ANOTHER AND GIGGLING to be monkey grooming one another and giggling sparkling all over the place unlike the bunnies who are rich and well assimilated in the jargony twaddle of MFA programs the world over I appreciate the uncertainty the piece gestures towardI just think she could go further into the dream space It s so interesting how she performs and reenacts trauma samantha is planted firmly in outsider territory a scholarship student whose darker themes are called angry mean and distant by the bunnies from whom she seems content to maintain her distance aloof and sarcastically viscerating them from afar alongside her art school dropout bestie ava she of the fishnet gloves and veil the asymmetrical haircut and tattered underwear as outerwear look and then unexpectedly samantha is formally by way of origami swan invited into the bunnies inner circle where she learns an awful lot about creativity process vulnerability and true powerso yeah it s VERY reminiscent of Heathers with its interplay of the frivolous and the dark and the comedic as well as individual and group dynamics but it s just as much molly ringwald and annie potts in Pretty in Pink outsider snark as a weapon against the allure of the wealthy pretty people and the spiritual cost of capitulation which john hughes never addressed but i always inferred and a vision board collage of style and theme that s like Desperately Seeking Susan and Pump Up the Volume and Heathers and 92% of john hughes oeuvre and also oddly the spice girls since the bunnies adopt a particular uirky fashion based persona that sets them apart within their collective personait s not bonkers right out of the gate at first it seems like it s gonna be a fun poking campus novel this book is so funny in its depiction of the MFA world the fetishizations and the relentless cleverness and posturing and critiues which i can only imagine is much worse now as millennials tiptoe thru the triggers trying to make art that offends no one and supplying feedback that is nothing but praise Sexual Secrets even for the kind of self consciously manufactured glop people like the bunnies produce like the one samantha calls the Duchess who writes inaccessible and cryptic pieces she calls proemstched on panes of glass using a dagger shaped diamond she wears around her neck or the work of the one samantha has dubbed Vignette who shares a series of unpunctuated vignettes about a woman named Z who pukes up soup while thinking nihilistic thoughts then has anal sex in a trailer for whom samantha has little patienceI hate Vignette s pieces They are dreary word puzzles I m always too bored and annoyed to solve Each paragraph is a half smile half frown way up its own asshole Also they beg uestions like when on her perilous pirouetting journey from Interlochen to Barnard was she ver in a trailerbut of course in a workshop of four hydra like girls and a fawning mentor an outsider does
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have the of honestly speaking her mind What do you think Samantha Fosco asks meThat it s a piece of pretentious shit That is says nothing gives nothing That I don t understand it that probably no one does and no one ver will That not being understood is a privilege I can t afford That I can t believe this woman got paid to come here That I think she should apologize to trees Spend a whole day on her knees in the forest looking up at the trembling aspens and oaks and whatever other trees paper is made of with tears in her languid yes and say I m fucking sorry I m sorry that I think I m so goddamned interesting when it is clear that I am not interesting Here s what I am I m a boring tree murderessBut I look at Vignette at Creepy Doll at Cupcake the Duchess All of them staring at me now with shy smiles I think I d like to see of the soup too I hear myself saysamantha herself is not immune to that stereotypically overly fussy brand of MFA writing ven though we don t get to see much of the work she produces for the workshop however as the narrator verything is Her dark imagination to that of most people she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort a cliue of unbearably twee rich girls who call ach other Bunny and are often found Purely Sexual entangled in a group hug so tight they become one Butverything 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 Samanth. .
Bunny Author Mona Awad