Bad Habits
Flynn Meaney

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Narrated By: Tanya Reynolds

Duration: 7 hours and 29 minutes

What to expect

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Alex is a rebel from the tip of her purple fauxhawk to the toes of her biker boots. She's tried everything she can to get expelled from her strict Catholic boarding school. 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 a challenge, as no one else at St Mary's can even bear to say the word 'vagina' out loud . . .

Hilarious, bold, sparky and surprising, this is the funniest book you'll read all year. A must-read for fans of Holly Smale, Derry Girls and Sex Education.

© Flynn Meaney 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Genre

Children's / Teenage fiction: Relationship stories – Romance, love or friendship, Children's / Teenage fiction: Humorous stories, Children's / Teenage fiction: School stories, Children's / Teenage general interest: Drama and performing, Children's / Teenage general interest: Girls and women, Children's / Teenage personal and social topics: Dating, relationships, romance and love, Children's / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships

Listen to a sample

Bad Habits is an absolute joy of a read, carefully balancing comedy ("I'm a feminist! I place bets on women's basketball games.") with a nuanced take on female friendships and being a teenage girl judged unfavourably by nuns, priests, peers and the world at large. Heart-warming and hilarious, this is a book you need on your shelves in these bleak times.

Irish Times

This snarky feminist treat is properly laugh-out-loud funny

The Bookseller

Funny, fierce and feminist, Bad Habits is full of big characters, big heart, and even bigger laughs. Flynn Meaney has somehow packed laughs into every line while still taking on everything from priests to the patriarchy. I loved it