“The Secret History meets Jennifer’s Body. This brilliant, sharp, weird book skewers the heightened rhetoric of obsessive female friendship in a way I don’t think I've ever seen before. I loved it and I couldn’t put it down.” - Kristen Roupenian, author of You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories
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 one.
"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 different from the other members of her master's program at New England's elite Warren University. A self-conscious scholarship student who prefers the company of her 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 it seems their bodies might become permanently fused.
But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies' exclusive monthly "Smut Salon," and finds herself drawn as if by magic to their front door--ditching her only friend, Ava, an audacious art school dropout, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into Bunny world, and starts to take part in the off-campus "Workshop" where they devise 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 about loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and female friendship and desire, Bunny is the dazzlingly original second book from an author with tremendous "insight into the often-baffling complexities of being a woman" (The Atlantic).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Call your besties: You’ll want to read this novel together and discuss. Mona Awad’s dark, twisted, and funny book revolves around a terrifying clique of hyperintelligent graduate students known as the Bunnies who take flattery and codependence to the next level. The story is told through the eyes of Samantha, a recent inductee to the group who has given the other members nicknames like Cupcake and Creepy Doll. Samantha’s initial wariness makes her growing yearning for approval from the Bunnies that much more unnerving. Bunny invokes the best movies about messy friendships (think Heathers), with a dash of Alice in Wonderland and horror thrown in. It’s cryptically feminist and just plain brilliant.
Awad's outstanding novel follows the highly addictive, darkly comedic tale of sardonic Samantha Mackey, a fiction MFA student at a top-tier New England school. There, four of her fellow writers are a ghoulish clique of women who cryptically refer to each other as "Bunny." To outsiders, the Bunnies come across as insipid with their colorful, patterned dresses and perfect hair. Samantha feels more grounded after her first year and after meeting Ava, who becomes her only friend, over the summer break. Samantha dreads the Bunnies' return upon learning the four of them are the only other participants in her writing workshop; once in class, they dismiss her work while praising their own. The trajectory of Samantha's life alters after she receives an unexpected invitation from the Bunnies to join them. Samantha's desire for acceptance leads her down a dangerous path into the Bunnies' rabbit hole, which begins with them drinking weird concoctions and reading erotic poetry together in sessions they call the "Smut Salon." Soon, though, Samantha begins to believe in the Bunnies' views, becomes unreliable as a narrator, and willingly participates in their increasingly twisted games. Awad (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl) will have readers racing to find out how it all ends and they won't be disappointed once the story reaches its wild finale. This is an enchanting and stunningly bizarre novel. \n
Weird story, not sure what to make of it