The Cows Book Review

Hi beauties,
I hope you're all having a good weekend. It's been so crazy in Auckland this weekend with the all the Lions supporters in town - when I say crazy, I mean INSANE! I'm currently hiding away in my apartment, music up loud to drown out the noise and thought I'd FINALLY share with you, my review for The Cows by Dawn O'Porter. Grab a glass or wine or two and snuggle up.

"COW n.
A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.
Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.
Tara, Cam and Stella are strangers living their own lives as best they can though when society’s screaming you should live life one way, it can be hard to like what you see in the mirror.
When an extraordinary event ties invisible bonds of friendship between them, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration and a life lesson to all.
Sometimes it’s ok not to follow the herd." 

The Cows is one of those books that hooks you from the first page. From the moment I picked this up, I could not look away. 
Set in London, the book follows three women; Tara, Camilla and Stella. Each lives very different lives but they are all trying to find their own voice in a society that is continually challenging them and bringing them down. 

Tara is a single mother who makes online documentaries, Cam is a high-profile child-free lifestyle blogger who regularly writes about women and their everyday struggles,  Stella is in mourning after the death of her sister, Alice who died from ovarian cancer. 

The book celebrates women and friendship and also exposes some of the daily things we women struggle with. It touches upon a male-focused work environment, pressures of being a single and/or working mum, sex, abortion, public opinion and the dangers of social media.  

Dawn O'Porter does a great job of splitting up the narrative so we hear from all our heroines equally. She's sassy, funny and realistic. I genuinely can't wait to read more of Dawn's books. 

I did find some of the plot points a little unrealistic, or cringe-worthy, however, if you're heading away on holiday, I think this is the perfect book to devour. 

One of my favourite lines from the book: 
"I realised that no matter how big your life is, how far you spread your wings when it comes down to it, it's a tiny unit that really matters. As long as that is strong, so are you. I have my tiny unity, and I feel pretty indestructible right now." 

Special thanks to HarperCollins for sending me a copy of The Cows to review. RRP $34.99, available at all good book stores

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