If you combined Heathers, Mean Girls, and The Craft, you’d have one hell of a something. That one hell of a something is Mona Awad’s Bunny. Samantha Heather Mackey is the outsider when it comes to her highly selective and very “experimental” MFA program at New England’s Warren University. Living on a scholarship and desperately wanting out of her dreary existence and into the professional writing world, she finds herself trying to avoid the cutesy foursome of rich girls in her MFA program who call each other “Bunny.” Samantha would rather make fun of them with her friend Ava and get through the final year of the program. When the “Bunnies” invite Samantha to their “Smut Salon” she finds herself leaving Ava and becoming part of a ritualistic offsite “Workshop” where some pretty messed up fantasies go wild.
Mona Awad is a unique writer who kept my attention from beginning to end. The book takes the concept of cults, the desire to belong, magical realism, and puts them all in the setting of a Masters program. Bunny does an incredible job of keeping the reader guessing throughout the book, but still has that classic feeling of “uh-oh” that comes with a thriller.
Bunny by Mona Awad is available June 11, 2019 from Viking.