Book Review: Bunny by Mona Awad

Why should you read this book?

Strange, surreal, peculiar are some of the adjectives that come to mind when I think about Bunny by Mona Awad. This unusual book took me to The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and to the universe of Wes Anderson. Most times you won’t be sure of what you’re exactly reading. It will feel like Mona is making fun of you, toying you around. And, because of that, this isn’t a book that I recommend to everyone. But if you don’t mind weird reads and surreal worlds, then dive into this one. Because Bunny is one of the strangest books I’ve ever read by far!

Samantha couldn’t be more of an outsider in her highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. She prefers the company of her dark imagination and is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing group – a clique of rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and seem to move and speak as one. So you have an idea of what it means to be a bunny:

“Hi Bunny!
Hi Bunny!
What did you do last night, Bunny?
I hung out with you, Bunny. Remember, Bunny?
That’s right, Bunny, you hung out with me and it was the best time I ever had.
Bunny, I love you.
I love you, Bunny.”

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.

When I think about Bunny, I don’t get a clear understanding of my feelings towards this book. It’s not that I liked or disliked it. It’s beyond that. It’s a book that messes with you by using some strange and bizarre symbols and metaphors to discuss loneliness, isolation, desire and friendship. Basically, it’s a book that explores very modern and common themes in a very uncommon way. It was funny to read the reviews on Goodreads because there are readers who called this book a rollercoaster, a “wtf just happened?” and a a product of illicit drugs. I think these singular reviews do justice to this singular book. So, do you enjoy mindfucks? Then, Bunny is for you! Go for it!

I’d like to thank Viking Books for sending a review copy. You can buy the book here.

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Summary:

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. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the sinister yet saccharine world of the Bunnies, the boundary between fiction and reality begins to blur.

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 the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

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Book Details:
Publisher: Viking (Penguin Random House)
Published on: June 2019
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320

 

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