Author: Flynn Meaney
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published by: Penguin
Publication date: 11/02/21
My rating: ★★★.5
I received a free review copy from Penguin and The Write Reads in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Hilarious, bold, sparky and surprising, this is the funniest feminist book you’ll read all year.
Alex is a rebel from the tip of her purple fauxhawk to the toes of her biker boots. She’s tried everything she can think of to get expelled from her strict Catholic boarding school. Nothing has worked so far – but now, Alex has a new plan.
Tired of the sexism she sees in every corner of St Mary’s, Alex decides to stage the school’s first ever production of The Vagina Monologues. Which is going to be a challenge, as no one else at St Mary’s can even bear to say the word ‘vagina’ out loud . . .
I don’t know how to properly word my thoughts here. I really enjoyed it, this one isn’t going to be for everyone though. Harry Potter references are scattered throughout and I know this will be an issue for a lot of people, which is why I’m mentioning it here.
As someone who isn’t religious and went to a religious school I can relate to it to some degree, though mine was nowhere near as strict. Alex is a loud and proud feminist who decides to put on a play of The Vagina Monologues in another bid to get expelled from St Mary’s Catholic boarding School. I liked the concept, Alex’s determination to stand up for what she believes in and laughed
out loud in places. At times Alex can be narrow minded and unlikable, I don’t think this is a bad thing, I quite like the unlikeable characters in books, and liked Alex. Bad Habits is different to what I normally read, I’m so glad I gave it a chance though, I’ll definitely be giving Flynn Meaney’s other books a read. I definitely recommend giving it a read!