Author: Flynn Meaney
Genre: YA Feminist Contemporary
Release Date: February 11th 2021
It’s Sunday! Is it just me or is February going really quick? Anyway! Today is my stop on the Ultimate Blog Tour for Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney. Thank you so much to Dave from The Write Reads and the author for a stop on the tour and a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review!
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 . . .
What I Loved
This is an amazing YA book that explores feminism in a funny and sarcastic way. I love the unique way it tackles these serious issues but still manages to be absolutely hilarious. The characters are so interesting as they all have such different personalities but I found myself able to relate to them, making it a very enjoyable read!
Bad Habits is definitely up near the top of my favourite books of 2021 so far. I couldn’t help but laugh and I ended up getting really sad when I finished it.
St Mary’s is a Catholic boarding school, full of tradition and religion. Alex, a rebellious teen sporting an iconic purple fauxhawk has already had multiple trips to Farther Hughe’s office. She constantly breaks curfew, the dress code and isn’t afraid to sneak in and out of the boy’s dorm. Her new idea to try and get her kicked out of school is something a little different and proven harder than she thought. This genius new idea is to put on her own version of The Vagina Monologues in a school full of Nuns and Priests! That is definitely going to go well… Although this started as an act of defiance, it quickly turns into a project on feminism to erase sexism in St Mary’s.
I love seeing Alex’s determination towards this play grow, even as obstacles kept pushing her back. When her ideas would fall through, she would just plan to do something bigger and better to get her message across. Everything about her is just so sassy and confident. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at everything she said and did.
The story is incredibly funny and super engaging, making it an easy and quick read. I’m guilty of being a fan of crude humour, as I’m sure a lot of you are and I ended up having quite a late night just laughing to myself because I couldn’t put it down. It was definitely worth it! What makes this even better is that the serious issue of sexism still gets across to the reader, it’s just done in a funny way. You can tell this is a topic the author is really passionate about as this is directed through Alex.
Alex is such an inspirational, funny, sassy rebel. She fights for what she believes in and it’s extremely motivating to see her so dedicated to making St Mary’s an equal and understanding place. Her friendship with Mary-Kate is so lovely to read. They support each other in so many ways despite being complete opposites of each other.
Mary-Kate, Alex’s best friend, really annoyed me at the start. I just wanted to grab her shoulders and shake her, but I obviously couldn’t do that. Instead, I carried on reading because let’s face it, this is a very hard book to put down. I ended up loving her character and her development throughout the book, to the point where I was nearly screaming at the book in happiness and I’m sure you’ll agree with me when you read it.
Overall, Bad Habits checks all the boxes for me. It’s incredibly funny, fast-paced and spreads an amazing message for young girls and women. I will definitely be looking at more books by this author and other books that tackle feminism after reading this. I can’t recommend this book enough if you want a nice easy read that is sure to put a smile on your face!
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).