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Summary

The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a clique of rich girls.  

'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 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, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the sinister yet saccharine world of the Bunnies, 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 the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

©2019 Mona Awad (P)2019 Listening Library

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Interesting and different

I love audiobooks but for once I think I would've benefited from reading this instead. I just felt a bit confused and overwhelmed at times but maybe that was the objective? Only thing I will say is the narrators Scottish accent is the worst thing I've ever heard. Otherwise would definitely recommend for the uniqueness of the experience

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Magical Realism does Mean Girls

It’s hard to describe Bunny without falling short. The closest I get is to imagine if Gabriel Garcia Marques wrote Heathers. Right up my street, certainly not for everyone, but that is why I like it so much.

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Interesting but unfulfilled

Loved the idea, but the constant lazy references to pop culture, lit and music was jarring for the abstract theme and took away from the otherwordliness that was otherwise really well constructed around the bunny cult and the narrator's loss of touch with reality. You could tell the author thought she was so *subsersive* for name-dropping David Bowie and Echo and the Bunnymen. It's also easy to forget the protagonist is supposed to be 25, because the narration is mostly akin to a YA novel.

The audiobook performance was fine except for the terrible Scottish accent, which was so off putting I had to skip some bits of it.

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Performance was great but...

...this was the worst Scottish accent ever. She just shouldn't have done it. Ugh.

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Different

I probably should have read the blurb but didn't and so I found myself swept up in a story I would not have chosen to read. I was about to give up a third of the way through, but I'm glad I didn't. this is no usual story but it's language was thoroughly delightful and the characters, insightful. It gave me nightmares but I couldn't put it down. The blur between reality and fiction was tantalising the whole way through as it was not clear whether a decent explanation of events would be forthcoming. I'll not spoil it by saying whether it was or not in the end. I'll just say I'm better for having read it and it made me feel.
4 stars because the narrator, who did a fabulous job everywhere else in the story, had such a terrible Scottish accent it left me in tears every time the Lion spoke.

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spellbinding, no idea what happened though

it reads like poetry, in a way. I'm amazed, it's incredible, I desperately need it to be made into a film

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The narration was the best bit. Potentially great idea wasted by poor story and unlikeable characters

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I have no idea...

I keep reading other reviews for this book about how weird the overall plot is, which I agree with, but even weirder is how I honestly can’t work out whether I love or hate this book.

The story is quite intriguing from the get-go, and the descriptive nature of the writing engaging at first, but very quickly I began to find it a bit too... much. I was still invested in the plot, but found the scene setting a little too drawn out and overly wordy.

This was all fine for the first part of the book as I was intrigued enough to keep listening, but as the plot progressed it began to get dragged down by the never ending descriptions, tediously played out scenes, and constant repetition of names, words, sentences, you name it. I understand that the protagonists imagination was a key aspect of this story, but having to hear her (very judgmental) inner monologue imagine multiple drawn out answers every time someone asked her a simple question was irritating to say the least. And also the fact that she NEVER answered anything honestly, even when there really seemed no clear reason to lie. It was just so infuriating at times.

One stand out low point of the book for me came during a particularly boring interaction between the protagonist and a character in a supermarket, which led to more even more boring interactions at a gathering the protagonist didn’t even want to attend. I don’t know how long these scenes lasted, but they seriously tested my patience, and I pretty much hated the book at this point.

Fortunately, things picked up from there and I found myself drawn back in as the story reached its conclusion. Which was actually a bit of a mess in some respects, and I can’t say I really understand it, but then I’m not sure you’re supposed to. However, for all that, I finished the book having enjoyed it despite its many flaws. It’s weird, atmospheric, immersive, nonsensical, and has plenty of enjoyable commentary about the artistic process and all the pretentiousness that it attracts. I also liked how the book explored the theme of chronic loneliness.

Overall, this was a confusing mess, but I don’t know if I’m talking about the book or my mind afterwards. Kudos to the author for achieving that.

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Not worth it

It’s not worth listening to is very anticlimactic the drugs on for far too long. The story is so undeveloped.

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Expects too much from the reader.

I’m not a fan of magical realism, so I just didn’t enjoy this- the characters and plot were just very hard to buy into. It’s certainly unusual though- I’ve never read anything like it.