Book Review

BUNNY by Mona Awad

Rating: 4 / 5

After seeing a lot of mixed reviews for BUNNY by Mona Awad, I was even more curious to pick up a copy! It seemed like a perfect pick for spooky season, so I picked it up on a whim this month!

BUNNY follows Samantha Mackey, a student in a small MFA program, part of a cohort of five women. She is more prone to darkness and flights of imagination than the rest of her cohort and she looks down on them. The other four women in her group have bonded. They’re all well off and impossibly connected, always calling each other Bunny.

When the Bunnies invite Samantha to one of their gatherings, she finds herself drawn to accept though she can’t exactly say why. She ditches her one actual friend Ava, and is drawn into the world of the Bunnies. Their bond goes beyond close friendship and there are many secrets to uncover about what exactly makes them tick.

I went into this book fairly blind, knowing basically just what I wrote above. Looking back on the book’s full synopsis now, I think it gives a lot away that I was glad not to have seen coming. The best description I’ve heard for this book is “weird” and it really is. I can definitely see why some people connected with it more than others. It isn’t a book that will necessarily deliver concrete answers to every question. It is one where you really just need to go with it and see what the heck happens next.

There were times as I was reading when I had to ask myself if I was really enjoying the book? The answer wasn’t always clear, honestly. But still, I was hooked to see what twisted thing would happen next. The book absolutely drew me in and I thought that the author did a great job of getting us into Sam’s head, experiencing her changing perceptions and confusions along with her. There were some wild twists along the way that I’m still trying to think through!

This definitely isn’t a book I’d expect everyone to gel with. It was unique and twisted and dark and in the end I did enjoy the read quite a lot!

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