Bad Habits by Amy Gentry

Bad Habits: Author of Good as Gone 
.ePUB, 280 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner Books

About the Book:
Claire "Mac" Woods--a professor enjoying her newfound hotshot status at an academic conference--finally has the acceptance and admiration she has long craved. But at the conference's hotel bar, Mac is surprised to run into a face from a past she'd rather forget: the moneyed, effortlessly perfect Gwendolyn Whitney, Mac's foil, rival, and former best friend. When Gwen moved to town in high school, Claire--then known as Mac, a poor kid from a troubled family who had too much on her plate--saw what it meantto have. Money, sophistication, culture, the very blueprints to success. Mac had almost nothing, except the will to change. Change she did, habitually grinding herself to work as hard as straight-A Gwen, even eventually getting admitted into the same elite graduate program as Gwen. But then Mac and Gwen become entangled with the department’s power-couple professors and compete head-to-head for a life changing fellowship. The more twisted the track toward success becomes, the more Mac has to contort herself to stay one step ahead—which deception signals the point of no return?

My Review:
I was expecting a thriller out of this but got more than I bargained for. Amy Gentry can write and write well. This was literary suspenseful, psychological fiction at its finest and it surprised me in the best way possible. I loved the before chapters that take us back to Mac and Gwen's toxic college for grades anyone!? I love Ms. Gentry's ability to take the written word and use them as weapons in the story. 

What I liked most about the story is the fact that I was really rooting for Mac when I first picked up the book. She comes from nothing with an addicted mother and a sister who has special needs, she has been supporting both most of her life. But then as the story progresses I learned to despise her without really by page it crept in. I loved that, and the reveal alone is worth five stars...well done Ms. Gentry!

Thank you NetGalley, Amy Gentry and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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