Blog Tour: Bad Habits

Today, I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney. Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Penguin for inviting me to take part.

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 . . .

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My Thoughts:

Bad Habits was a quick and thoroughly entertaining read that provided some much needed levity in my life. 

This was a genuinely funny book. Very, very few books have made me laugh out loud, but Meaney succeeded. She just has this touch of quick, light wit that worked. The various hijinks characters got themselves into just got more and more elaborate, entering farcical realms very quickly. I definitely understand why it’s been compared to Derry Girls, with that same deftness of touch, but also how it tackles important topics. 

I liked Alex as our protagonist, as she was sarcastic, crude and driven in her passions. However, I really appreciated how it was made clear that she’s not perfect and actually is forced to reexamine her own assumptions. She has some staunch views that don’t accommodate how other people want to express their own femininity and choices, taking her on a journey of self-discovery towards a more nuanced feminism. My only critique would be the lack of intersectionality that would further elevate her feminism and allow marginalised voices to be heard. The feminism portrayed here is empowering and important for younger readers as a kind of gateway into feminist literature that I hope will light a spark and cause them to seek out a diverse range of voices, while also harnessing the power of their own. 

The dialogue around censorship, particularly in regards to sexuality, is one that needs to be broken open. I love how Meaney kickstarts that conversation and sadly its relevance was proven once again recently. Also, the message of looking deeper, beyond your own ideas of what someone will be like is delivered brilliantly. 

Bad Habits is a fun, feel good read, with some important messages to take home to boot.

Thank you again to Penguin and The Write Reads for including me and please make sure that you check out the rest of the incredible blog tour posts.

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