If you are a twenty-something, consider yourself very much a part of #girlgang, get offended when people insult millennial behaviour and follow the sort of people on social media one might expect you to, you have probably already heard of Dawn O’Porter’s, The Cows.
And if you haven’t, where have you been?
As soon as I caught wind of another one of Dawn’s books being published, I immediately pre-ordered it on Amazon (sorry independent book shops but one click is more accessible – and cheaper – than you at this point in time) and eagerly anticipated it’s arrival. After all, she is one of my all-time favourite authors, journalists and TV presenters.
The book itself is a very easy, very feminist, very current read. It’s one that you would kick off a female-only book club with – an accolade not to be taken lightly: us modern women are very difficult to please when it comes to our choice of reading material. We don’t want something too obvious or too presumptuous and, although we need something light and easy to pick up on our commute and between meetings, we certainly don’t want something so vacuous we lose interest.
Of course, O’Porter ensured that her book avoided this.
The plot line is strong, the characters are believable. A perfect, realistic combination of being both insufferable and endearing, she captures the essence of all of us, with Tara being my favourite. Actually, no. Maybe Cam.
These women are all women we know. Or perhaps, are. It sounds cliché but the book gets me, and will probably get you too.
I would recommend this book as holiday reading for all you women who enjoy reading my blog, or any other similar sites. I would recommend it to any woman who needs to turn a bad situation into a good one right now. To women who are thinking about motherhood – and not just those who are keen to grow a human, but those who aren’t, too. It’s a really interesting narrative, centred around blogging, social media, career, family and mental health. Relationships are, refreshingly, a side note. It’s everything you would expect from a book targeting you or I, in the best way possible. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s predictable though, because it’s really not.
I never like to give anything away in book reviews, but basically, I would recommend it to anyone who wants just a really good bit of a fiction about what it’s like to be a woman in 2017.
Truth be told, finishing it has really given me the lift I needed, and I’m keen to pass my copy onto someone who deserves a similar boost, so let me know if you’d like it (or nominate a friend) and I will happily pay it forward.
Thanks, Dawn, for another great read.