I hope you are all having a wonderful February! How is it February! I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Today’s post is my first Blog Tour of February! February is going to be full of some of the most wonderful books I have read in a while. I am so grateful to be able to be a part of these blog tours. As always I would like to thank Dave at @TheWriteReads for having me on this #UltimateBlogTour it has been a joy to be a part of this tour and I cannot wait to hear what everyone else thinks.
The first blog tour of February is a feminist master piece, obviously we are talking about the comical genius of Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney. *Spoiler Alert- I am a big fan of this*
Title: Bad Habits
Author: Flynn Meaney
Published: 11th of February 2021 – Penguin
About the Author:
Flynn Meaney is the author of The Boy Recession and Bloodthirsty. She studied marketing and French at the University of Notre Dame, where she barely survived the terrifying array of priests and nuns, campus ghosts, and bone-crushing athletes who inspired Bad Habits. Since completing a very practical MFA in Poetry, she works for a French company and travels often between New York (when she’s in the mood for bagels) and Paris (when she’s in the mood for croissants).
CW/TW: Drug use/Alcohol use/ sex, sexual harassment references/ unsafe sex/ others may be present.
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 . . .
Okay where do we start, firstly I am a huge fan of the way Flynn approaches many different feminist issues within this novel whilst keeping the story very comical and easy to read. I tend to be a fan of YA contemporary novels however I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. Set in St Mary’s boarding school we follow the story of Alex Heck and her friends as they approach many different issues during their time at school.
If you know me you will know it is likely that I am going to be a fan of a novel with that is filled with feminism and rebellion. However this book is so much more! It approaches the subject in a very quirky way, not only is it easy to read but it still manages to be a book that despite its comical side flows well.
within the novel there are many pop culture and classic literature references which we just know I was going throughly enjoy. I found myself several times actually laughing out loud to parts of this novel.
Who does not love a story that focuses on strong women who have so many thoughts on different Feminist issues. I have read many books that discuss these issues however this is the first contemporary YA that approaches these subjects like this. I love how it still managed to stay as an easy to read and on a regular part a laugh out loud story that we could all relate to. This is a book I will most certainly reaching for again.
Bad Habits despite is comical side filled me with so much warmth, it reminded me of being at school and the mini debates we would have during lunchtimes in our hall, or if we are being completely true in our drama department with some of my favourite people and my favourite teacher ever. Who always made a point to tell us that being able to stand for what we believe in and be true to ourselves is one of the best qualities to have. It is safe to say I am almost certain she would have adored this novel. Maybe I may have to get her to read it and let me know what she thinks of it.
Anyone who knows me will know why this has a special place in my heart and I am going to be recommending this book to people for months I am sure. Especially those of my friends who love reading feminist stories. I have to admit this may be on my favourites list for a while. I also think this is a perfect book for anyone who wants to learn a little more of these issues but maybe do not want to read a hard hit non-fiction on the subject.
Does Bad Habits sound like a book you would enjoy? What Bad Habits did you have at school? (we all had them)