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Publisher's Summary

"Jon Swift + Witches of Eastwick + Kelly 'Get in Trouble' Link + Mean Girls + Creative Writing Degree Hell! No punches pulled, no hilarities dodged, no meme unmangled! O Bunny you are sooo genius!" (Margaret Atwood, via Twitter) 

"A wild, audacious and ultimately unforgettable novel." (Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times

"Awad is a stone-cold genius." (Ann Bauer, The Washington Post

The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel from the acclaimed author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

"We 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 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 seem to move and speak as 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, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies' sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus "Workshop" where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision. 

The spellbinding new novel from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination. 

Named a Best Book of 2019 by TIMEVogue, Electric Literature, and The New York Public Library

©2019 Mona Awad (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"[One of] the most cerebral and compulsively readable books of the season...This compelling novel about a mysterious grad school clique draws a bit of inspiration from Mean Girls or Heathers...before long, the novel takes a turn into the surreal, applying the logic of a horror movie to its incisive exploration of cruelty between young women." (Vanity Fair)

"To call this a dark comedy undersells the richness of its message, and to say it’s a satire misses its realism. Bunny is so sharp it will leave you bloody." (Vulture)

"I devoured Bunny - teeth, fur, claws and all. A truly delectable novel that is equal parts wit, fancy, and wickedness." (Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author of Miss Hempel Chronicles)

"A viciously funny bloodbath...Awad gleefully pumps up the novel's nightmarish quality until the boundary between perception and reality has all but dissolved completely. It's clear that Awad is having fun here - the proof is in the gore - and her delight is contagious.... Wickedly sharp... A near-perfect realization of a singular vision." (Kirkus, starred review)

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Chuck Palahniuk in Pearls and Ballet Flats

The book is overall very good if you can stick with it. It's visceral, fanciful, and sharp. But the style will not be for everyone.

I love the story. The author is exceptionally talented and she's a master with beautiful poetic detail. But that's part of the problem. She spins off into poetic tangents, and I get that that's the point, but they sometimes just seem to go on forever. The entire novel could have had whole scenes omitted without any change in the plot or overall affect.

That being said, the characters are superb. I know who they are and I can see them in my mind. This author pays particular attention to their scents, which I think is very interesting. I love when authors bring life to characters like this. It's pretty extraordinary.

Sometimes the ambiguity in this book is frustrating. I don't like ambiguity. But I think that's the point. We're supposed to not know what the hell is going on sometimes. The main character doesn't know what's going on. We're on this journey with her.
We're supposed to be annoyed when the author spends one whole chapter on a conversation between the girls during which they speak as one entity, referring to each other only as "Bunny", so you have trouble figuring out who is who. That's the point.

It's gruesome and fantastical, but (as a lady) there is something strangely relatable about the relationships in this novel. It's more than a horror story. It's about loss, loneliness, and the need to feel we belong.

Although at times it was annoying and did drag a bit in places, I thought this was great. If they make this into a movie, it will be the "Jawbreaker" of this generation.

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Pure madness!

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 few more minutes 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. The narrator does a good job conveying the emotions and switching between characters. 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.

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so.so.so weird

I think I love it. I might loathe it. what a trip. give it a whirl.

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stick with it!

I have to admit that for the first half of this book, I hated it. so glad I didn't give up...by the second half, I was hooked, and in the end, it was endearing and relatable and so very unique. Let go of all expectations, hold on and take the ride!

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Total mindf@ck for the romantic

Bunny: A Novel by Mona Awad was a total ride. Creepy, visceral and well written. Heathers and Legion mashed up and had warped brain worm baby. This book needs to be optioned to Netflix. I will definitely read again.

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Loved every minute of it

I'm always looking for something different; a plot I haven't heard a million times before. This fit the bill. It was unexpectedly deep and moving despite the seemingly superficial premise. Highly recommended.

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Bizarre in the best way

I went into this book blindly from a recommendation. To start with it didn’t seem like the kind of book I would usually be interested in. The story was interesting enough that it hooked me from the very beginning... it did get weirder and weirder the longer I listened. I was HOOKED. I recommend it for people who enjoy weird not totally transparent (even at the end) stories which keep you guessing the entire way through

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Simply, I got bored at chapter 11

I just stopped listening at it... I don’t think this book adds anything of value to my life. Not improving my mind by the exquisite writing, not leaving an important or mysterious teaching, it’s just not fun or intriguing, I just got annoyed by the writing or the reading, I couldn’t tell.. but I understand that maybe for a teenager it could be a good book to read. I actually got hooked with it because of Lena Dunham review about it, but now I’m not sure if it’s just a marketing move. I feel like this book is one of those things that just starts to be “cool” and everybody just starts agreeing it’s genius while actually it’s really not my type.

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Sad ....

I don't even know how to review this book... to me it has just been a sad point of view of a girl suffering of mental illness, at least I think it was a girl....

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Wow, very different

Definitely a new twist on story writing. Caught my attention from the very start and kept it until the end. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing all of the voices to life. I have never done drugs but I’m pretty sure reading this is how they make you feel. This book definitely takes you on a trip to Wonderland. Not one of my top 20 favorite books but definitely a solid read. Enjoy.

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