#BlogTour BAD HABITS by FLYNN MEANEY @penguinplatform @The_WriteReads #BookReview

Delighted to be with you today to share my thoughts on BAD HABITS by FLYNN MEANEY – all part of a wonderful Blog Tour put together by The Write Reads!


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 . . .
published by Penguin Books




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).


This was the much needed lighter read that I needed in these darker times we find ourselves in!  Alex is a fun and funky character who doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘conforming’ and is desperate to do things her own way – no matter the consequences!!  She’s standing up for her rights but that isn’t always going to be well accepted at her very straight laced boarding school!!
You do feel sorry for her as a person as the school has become her family – her own parents are way too busy to do the ‘parenting’ thing so have shipped her off to a Catholic Boarding School – so you can understand why she’s desperate to rebel.  She wants some attention and she doesn’t care how she gets it!  Wanting to perform the Vagina Monologues with her Feminist Club isn’t going to have too many fans amongst the staff, but they set her a challenge and she is ready to accept that challenge!!
There’s lots of the normal teen stuff in this book that you can always relate to – friend issues, teen angst, boys being boys – and it made for a really entertaining read to follow her on her quest for success with her play!  This is no Mallory Towers though and this is a book of the times, with buzz words galore!!
Alex is a character who is not backwards in coming forwards, and I loved her attitude and ‘can do’ attitude! A funny and pleasing story!