Today is my stop on the ultimate blog tour for Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney, and I am excited to be sharing my review with you all. Also, today is the publication day for the book too!
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 was so excited when Dave @ The Write Reads first mentioned this tour, and immediately signed up for it. I am so glad that I did, because Bad Habits is a fantastic book. Can we also take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous the book cover is? THOSE COLOURS! Very punk inspired, which is very fitting for Alex’s character.
From the very first page, Alex’s rebellious behaviour had me giggling, and I could tell that this was going to be a book that I would enjoy, and my first impressions were absolutely right. At times, it seemed more like trouble was finding Alex, rather than Alex finding trouble, and those unexpected moments were the funniest of them all.
There are some brilliant characters in this story! Of course, Alex was my personal favourite, I loved her no care attitude, although I did feel that she could have listened to the thoughts and feelings of her friends a little more, because she was often quite selfish. She had very strong feelings, and was very passionate about what she believed in, and I felt that I could relate to that. She was really prepared to push the boundaries to stand up for what she believed in. She also dripped sarcasm by the bucket load, and who doesn’t love a bit of sarcasm?
Despite being much more reserved, and sticking to the rules much more than Alex does, Mary Kate is also a great character. I think that their differences are actually what makes them such a great pair, almost like Mary Kate is the calm to Alex’s storm. I loved her character development throughout the story, especially towards the end where she finally stood up for herself.
There were also a lot of fun side characters along the way too, and I’m really hoping that we get some more books featuring these characters, because they were a lot of fun.
As well as being rebellious, and funny, Bad Habits tackles quite a few important issues. The one that really stood out for me was actually the sexual health and sex-positivity aspect, because even in non-catholic schools, I feel that this needs to be spoken about a LOT more, and I am all for starting the conversation! There are a lot of things that people still get embarrassed about, which really shouldn’t be embarrassing, purely because we don’t talk about it enough. Periods for example, are nothing to be embarrassed about, but I know lots of people who, like Mary Kate, are embarrassed to be seen buying hygiene products. We need to end this, and get people talking about these things more openly, and this book does a fantastic job of addressing that.
I only have one negative thing to say about this book, and that is that for a book that is supposed to be about empowerment, education, and talking about important issues, there were way too many Harry Potter references. I understand that Harry Potter is still loved by a lot of people, but given JKR’s horrific views and how damaging her words have been to so many people, I feel like we should be at a point where we aren’t giving her a platform or a voice anymore, which by extension does include not repeatedly mentioning her work in new books.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it was so much fun to read. It was certainly a breath of fresh air from my usual style of reading. I actually sped through this in less than 24 hours, which is highly unusual for me, but I just didn’t want to put it down. Hopefully this book will also start a few much needed conversations too! I will definitely be checking out the authors other books.
I give Bad Habits a 4.5 star rating!
About The Author:
Flynn Meaney grew up in Mamaroneck, New York, ten minutes away from Pelham, home to the fictional Finbar Frame. She graduated from Rye Neck High School, where she participated in every nerdy activity imaginable, including Mock Trial, Academic Challenge, literary magazine and the school band. Flynn’s hilarious high school friends and their conversations preserved in letters, emails, and notes passed in class have provided endless inspiration for her YA writing.
Flynn went on to study Marketing and French at the University of Notre Dame, where she spent many Saturdays standing on bleachers in the freezing cold cheering on a losing football team (Go Irish!) and also took her first creative writing workshop courses. She studied abroad in Paris and also at University College Dublin.
After graduating from Notre Dame in 2009 with President Obama as her commencement speaker (and successfully sneaking snacks past the Secret Service under her graduation robe), Flynn moved back to New York to study poetry at Hunter College and hang out with her vampire-obsessed friend Lucila, whose comment “Now that vampires are so hot, we can stop tanning” planted the first seeds of the idea for Bloodthirsty.
In 2012, Flynn finished her degree at Hunter College and her second YA novel, The Boy Recession. Bad Habits is Flynn Meaney’s third book.
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