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Review: Bunny

Bunny

Bunny
By Mona Awad
Viking, 9780525559733, June 2019, 320pp.

The Short of It:

Considered a dark comedy but I failed to see the humor.

The Rest of It:

I won’t pretend to know exactly what went on in this story because it could probably be interpreted many different ways. In fact, I’m sure the majority of it went right over my head. Not because I couldn’t lean in and decipher what exactly was taking place, but because I wasn’t motivated to do so. At all.

Samantha Heather Mackey is working on her MFA at a prestigious New England university. She’s part of a writing cohort that includes a group of girls who think alike, dress alike, and apparently, write alike. Think Heathers meets Mean Girls. There’s a lot of pink and shallowness but then there’s this writing program and the fact that they do seem to possess writing talent, which seems out of place. They refer to each other as “Bunny”. Thanks, Bunny. That was great, Bunny. You know what’s best, Bunny.

Samantha hates them, but also wants to be like them. There’s the problem.

As they begin to work together as a cohort, certain things come to light rather quickly. They have special parties that involve rabbits. These parties also involve imaginary creations of their doing. It’s like they “write” them into existence but with witchery and a lot of alcohol and drugs.

Are these things actually happening or is this a product of Samantha’s imagination? What you need to know is that there is a lot of darkness here. I saw some reviews that categorized it as a horror novel but others say dark comedy. There is nothing funny here and if you have a soft spot for furry, little rabbits this story won’t sit well with you. It’s disturbing and weird.

I like to think that what goes on in this novel IS a product of Samantha’s mad skills as a writer but I’m not so sure. It has a very Naked Lunch feel to it and the visuals are just so disturbing and nightmarish.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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Sunday Matters: The Sun Will Come Out

Sunday Matters

The title of this post has nothing to do with the weather but everything to do with Annie, the musical. By this evening, the first week of shows will be behind us and then we are on to week two. It took a bit of juggling to get through this past week. Plus, Godspell auditions were happening at the same time. My daughter pulled it off though and was amazing as Grace Farrell.

Right Now:

Letting my daughter sleep in while I prep for high school ministry which meets later this morning.

I am not going to bother with meal prepping until production week is over, but I really need to spend some time planning for it. Did I tell you that Macbeth was cancelled? The shooting caused it to be rescheduled and now, due to a cast member moving out of state the show was nixed. I am kind of happy about it. Three weeks of shows is just too much along with school.

This Week:

This week should be easier. First off, no school or work or shows on Monday. REST. Only one mandatory rehearsal for Thursday. I have a haircut appointment for Tuesday and a high school ministry housewarming party to celebrate our new building on Wednesday. Then, shows. I am working backstage for a few of them.

Reading:

By the time you read this, I will probably be done with Big Little Lies. I am seriously late to the party with this one! I don’t know why I put it off but with the TV show and all, I just figured it was too fluffy for me but I was wrong. It’s not intellectually deep for sure but it’s juicy and good! Just the type of book I am loving right now.

Watching:

I would love to start watching Big Little Lies but I don’t have HBO.  It’s not like I have much time to watch anything these days but someday.

New Things I’ve Tried:

This week we have all been on auto-pilot so I haven’t had the chance to try anything new.

Grateful for:

No work or school on Monday due to the MLK holiday. Rest is desperately needed.

Are you starting to think about the Oscars and the Super Bowl? They are coming up and I must say, the nom list for the Oscars is pretty interesting. Lots of competition. I’ve missed the Oscars for the past few years due to high school ministry but since we meet in the morning now I am really excited to be able to watch it again.