[ Pdf Bunny â womens-studies PDF ] by Mona Awad Ç 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 one point that I walked into the shower with my headphones still in my ears By some strange turn of fate, I did not fry my earbuds or what is left of my brain and now I think may shell out some bucks for water proof earbuds because I think I just found myself a fewminutes of reading time I think you should go into this book as blind as possible and I m not going to be the one to spoil any of its surprises and will keep it brief Samantha is a graduate student working on her MFA degree She has to go to workshop in order to complete her degree and, too bad for her, this workshop is infested with a cliquey group of young women who wear dresses with cupcakes and kittens on them, who only eat itty bitty food and who twitter and coo and call each other Bunny They ignored the darkling Samantha the previous year except to bitterly and cruelly critique her work Samantha is pretty okay with the status quo because who the hell wants to be a Bunny But one day Samantha receives a rare and coveted invitation to one of their Slut Salons and isn t sure what to do But she s as nosy as me, apparently, and against her better judgement she goes and the story pretty much goes batshit crazy from that point on and I couldn t describe it if I tried It truly has to be read to be believed So go read it This book is surreal, deliciously evil, and wickedly funny and the writing is weirdly addictive It s getting all the stars because I loved every single twisted turn and madness infused word within its pages You probably won t know exactly what you ve read once you finish it but I bet you ll be happy you read it The night is a dark earth I could dig my hands into forever.
Find all of my reviews at StarsWe never joke about bunnies, BunnyA 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 pointand it s most certainly pretty funny Please don t get to thinking I suddenly believe myself to be smart enough to pick up on alllllllll that was being put down, but I did read a pretty bigly chunk of this with a smirk on my face because it was exactly what comes to my mind as soon as the term MFA starts being dropped around places such as Goodreads I even chuckled a time or two while reading about the Ivy League elite s creative strugglesNow Eleanor, I hope you re not writing about a boy too, Fosco says Eleanor suddenly smiles Of course not, Ursula I d never be that stupid But as it turns out I brought the wrong story, she says looking at me My mistakeAnd I can totally relate to how hard it is to get shit done with a bunch of stupid Bunnies fucking everything up and when not so boyfriend material book boyfriends keep coming along to ruin a potentially good time The only thing that would have made this better was if it were a musical That would be absolutely I have no clue who to recommend this to Freaks and geeks Or anyone who seeks out experiences like this Or anyone who would want to be in a book club with someone like Mitchell.
The Vegetarian Meets Heathers In This Darkly Funny, Seductively Strange Novel About A Lonely Graduate Student Drawn Into A Clique Of Rich Girls Who Seem To Move And Speak As OneWe 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 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 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 nauseating, even as she nurses a deep envy.
Something s off about Warren from the beginning Though it s an Ivy League school, its environs are plagued by frequent incidences of extreme violence random decapitations, for example It made me think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer s Sunnydale with all the weirdness erupting around Warren, there has to be something Hellmouth ish about this place As seen through Samantha s eyes, the Bunnies are putting on a grotesque pantomime act as simpering sorority sisters, their cutesy, indulgent personalities taken to such extremes that they cross over into horror And when Samantha is finally invited to join the club, she discovers exactly how far and how deep that horror goes.
The main problem with Bunny is Samantha s best friend, Ava The way she speaks to Samantha is, I guess, intended as appealingly blunt an antidote to the Bunnies cloying, insincere sweetness but it just comes off as nasty most of the time An art school drop out who carries a flask of alcohol labelled Drink Me , says things like the breeze is my lover and goes around wearing a fishnet veil, she s basically the 10 most insufferable hipsters you ve ever met combined into one person As it turns out, there are reasons for Ava s bluntness and clicheness, but I m not convinced her appearances are meant to be as irritating as I found them.
On the other hand, the Bunnies are ostensibly the villains, but they re great, such fun to read about A mean girl clique subverted identikit teen drama bitches given agency, wit and dark appetites They may be awful, but they re awful in such novel ways airheads who are fiercely intelligent, saccharine child women who revel in power and blood that I loved them The hallucinatory chapter in which Samantha submits to the Bunnies hivemind is probably the best segment of the book trippy, dreamlike, creepy as fuck I wantedof the Bunnies,of Samantha and the Bunnies, and less Samantha on her own, less Ava Preferably no Ava at all The blurb positions Bunny as The Vegetarian meets Heathers , which is maybeuseful than accurate the reference to The Vegetarian serves as a handy indicator of how incredibly weird it is, but tells you nothing about the story Personally, I d say Bunny reminded me of Marisha Pessl s Special Topics in Calamity Physics crossed with the craziest, most far fetched parts of David Mitchell s Slade House, and I d be inclined to reference Buffy and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina instead of Heathers It also made me think of Katie Lowe s The Furies, which in some ways is the inverse of this novel grimly, disgustingly real where Bunny is all bizarro Technicolor but both are about young women experimenting with black magic, and both are full to bursting with lush, overblown prose.
It s just so much, but in a good way And I would love to see a film or TV adaptation My mouth is watering just imagining the luxuriant excess and creative gore of this story on screen.
I received an advance review copy of Bunny from the publisher through Edelweiss.
TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr 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 storm sewer, and 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 Having had my own grad school agonies, I understand this was probably written in the heat of that special circle of hell But I need not dwell there to comprehend it I quit before the end.
This book is bananas.
B A N A N A SWhat are the limits of creativity and friendship In the world of this novel, the answer to that might containblood and guts than your average MFA program but really, what do I know I liked Awad s previous novel, and this one is a bitgritty, a bitfantasy 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.
2 starsThere are those bizarre and experimental books that manage to be entertaining, transgressive, and on occasion even thought provokingAnd then, there are books like Bunny whose weirdness largely rests on overusing the word Bunny which appears approximately350 times, one time too many An intentionally silly story that owesto Scream Queens and The Babysitterthen Heathersor Mean Girls.
If you are picking up Bunny thinking that it is some sort of intriguing campus novel, you should reconsider given that this book is the anthesis to The Secret History If you are hoping for some sort of absurdist black comedy la Yorgos Lanthimos, think again The satirical horror I was hoping to encounter in Bunny was largely MIA.
Each page of this novel tries to be sarcastic by exaggerating the mannerisms and words of certain groups of people in this case a creative writing clique which made for a weary reading experience Writing about writing is never an easy endeavour since there is the high risk that you will remind your readers that they are indeed reading a fictitious work Since the main cast in Bunny is part of a creative writing MFA programwe were constantly reminded of how inane criticism can be The five girls part of this program are apparently only able to write fiction that reflects their personal life or preferencesfunnily enough, a lot of the criticism that these characters throw at each other s pieces of writing could easily be aimed at Bunny oh, the irony Um, what the fuck is this, please This makes no sense This is coy and this is willfully obscure and no one but the author will ever get this spoiled, fragmented, lazy, pretentious And then I feel like screaming JUST SAY IT TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED TELL ME WHAT THE FUCK THIS MEANS AND WHAT YOU DID WITH HIM EXACTLY Four of these girls are part of a clique that is the ultimate parody of cliques From the first few pages they are presented as some sort of hive mind , some sort of multi conscious entity Some of their conversations between them as well as the narrator s observations about them could be amusing Although the narrator keeps insisting that she is different aka the only big difference between her and the bunnies is her finances she falls prey to this clique Personally, I don t think the story provides with a convincing reason for the MC to fall in with these girls Even when the Mc sees their most secretive activitiesit seemed that she stayed with them out of laziness or merely as a way to further the plot.
The weirdness of this story seems contrived This whole novel seems rather ironically like an exercise for a creative writing class Many of the bizarre elements in this story were predictable and had me rolling my eyes The whole book is like a joke that goes on for too long The first few chapters were amusing and the scenes that took place in the creative writing workshop were on point and reminded me of the creative writing module I took in my first year of uni Samantha, we re at Warren The most experimental, groundbreaking writing school in the country This goes way beyond genre It subverts the whole concept of genre And gender narratives And the patriarchy of language Not to mention the whole writing medium It basically fucks the writing medium, Samantha Which is dead anyway, you know Exactly This is about the Body Performing the Body The Body performing in all its nuanced viscerality Yet, soon enough the repetitiveness of these exchanges grew tiresome and the style of the narrative became increasingly annoying and unnecessary The narrative mimics the language and perhaps vision of this clique of girls it is sweet, sticky, and extra If you like eating candy floss until you feel sick you might be up for itthe narrative if not the whole story is a parody that lacks subtlety or real wit Here at Mini they have many cupcakes in mini but they should haveWhy don t they haveThey should havein mini,We tell them how they should havein mini and they do not seem to make a note of it.
The narrative s style was so repetitive All too frequently words were repeated three times in a row in a cheap attempt to give urgency to the story The plot if we can call it that even in its wtf moments is tedious The characters and story seem merely a backdrop to this sickeningly sweet and repetitive language hair like feathers, tiny pink y small ish hand, glossy this and that, teensy weensy girls who eat teensy weensy food.
This book didn t inspire feelings of panic or fear, which I was expecting given its summaryI was never afraid of these demented girls and their stupid activities A lot of the things seem to just happen to the MC as if she isn t capable of these laughable terrible things from happening insert eye roll here Again, I find it ironic that the MC s own writing is criticised for this exact reason Although we could hardly call her a heroine, could we I mean, could we even call her that, Samantha She s quite passive, Samantha, isn t she I guess you could argue that this is all intentional The stupid characters, the saccharine and repetitive language, the MC s spinelessnessthese things come across this way on purposebut that seems like a cheap excuse to make the lazy and unfunny elements of your story deliberate The worst sin of all is that this book leaves us with a less than favourable opinion about writing and criticismwhich isn t a great message Readreviews on my blog 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 this unputdownable Set in a college campus in a town called Warren yep where people are decapitated across the university on a reasonably frequent basis, we follow Samantha, an MFA student who views a clique of girls the Bunnies of the title on her course from afar with a kind of morbid jealous fascination Samantha is a bit of an outcast only having one friend, Ava, an art school dropout , and against her better judgement becomes embroiled in the weird activities the Bunnies after they invite her to their Smut Salon.
I ll leave the plot summary there to avoid spoilers, but if any of the above sounds up your street I d implore you to pick up Bunny there s something weirdly compelling about this novel and it s certainly the most unique book I ve read so far in 2019 Thank you Netgalley and Head of Zeus for the advance copy, which was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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 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 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 each other so hard I think their chests are going to implode I would 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 strangle each other hello Or goodbye Or just because your so amazing, Bunny How fiercely they gripped each 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 the telepathy of beautiful murderous children in horror films All eight of their eyes shut tight as if this collective asphyxiation were a kind of religious bliss All four of their glossy mouths making squealing 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 a doubt This book is being compared to Heathers and I think it s 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 even for a weirdo like me Toward the end of the book I came across this quote in which I highlighted because it summed up my thoughts exactly 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 exchange for my honest review.
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 capture it, either The best I can come up with is Stephen King trips on acid and writes an R rated Mean Girls Bunny 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 equally 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 head This novel is so odd that it s not going to be for everyone, but I d rate this a 3.
5 5 rounded up to 4 stars.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Viking for providing me with a DRC of this novel.