I had seen this book advertised a lot over the last few months. It seemed to be taking over with it’s hashtag ‘don’t follow the herd’. This is a powerful book, the stories of the three woman are intense from start to finish. Reading it I came across bits that made me slightly uncomfortable and bits that made me question what we consider to be morally right and wrong. I feel it’s messages were quite clear; to not judge people so harshly, don’t trust everything you see on TV, don’t put a woman down over certain choices they make, but most importantly – don’t follow the herd!
The Cows is a story that follow three women as they go about their, very different, lives. Tara, who is a single mum who makes online documentaries. Cam, a blogger who is very happy with being single and childless. Finally, Stella, who is still grieving the loss of her twin sister, Alice, who died of ovarian cancer. Their stories are very different but connect in ways you don’t expect. It’s basically a story of friendships and what it’s like to be a female in a variety of normal, sometimes difficult situations.
I really enjoyed this book, it was enjoyable to read how the three women react to things in their everyday lives. As a woman it was easy for me to connect quickly with the characters, as the book does delve deeply into the struggles women can face, but I think The Cows is for everyone. It has a rawness to it that I think a lot of readers will enjoy, it doesn’t shy away from the nitty gritty and I think that’s a brave thing for any author to do. The are a lot of twists in this, some that did make me shake my head at the characters decision making. But the twists do add some humour to the darker parts of the story.
It’s interesting to see different sides of the media that holds so much over our lives now. Tara who works on TV has to do an interview, a position that she should fit comfortably in as it is her job. However the way it comes across paints her in a bad light, she was too trusting to see coming. Cam’s lifestyle blog is written to show her opinions and she doesn’t tend to hold back, but from Stella’s side we see how that can effect someone and how easily it is to write hate. I honestly believe this story will make people think more about how we should perceive the media and how easy it is to believe everything you see.
I’d love to know what people thought of this book. It raises a lot of interesting debates on what it’s like to be a woman with different ideals to what is considered the ‘norm’. There are a lot of moments that will make you cry, laugh and sigh. What more could you want from a book?