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Don’t Follow The Herd

 

The Cows

(Yes, I own a cow-print chair and I’m not even sorry!)

I see a bead of sweat pop out of his forehead and flop down his face like a melting slinky.

Two major points drew me to The Cows – 1) Dawn O’Porter (I’m a complete fangirl when it comes to DO’P so picking up her debut adult novel was a bit of a no brainer!) and 2) the title. I went through a bit of a cow obsession as a teen (to the point where I still have a cow print bedroom back home…) and though I’m pleased to tell you that it has somewhat subsided, I was still intrigued to see what DO’P would do with such majestic creatures as a title…

Tara, Cam and Stella are three very different women leading very different lives but with the same problem – the expectations and demands of society are restricting their voice. One utterly embarrassing incident later and the three women find that unless they grasp the mettle, their lives will be played to someone else’s tune. It’s time to take a stand and stop following the herd.

I raced through this book, devouring every page! There is a lot going on, with three complex and separate female voices narrating the tale, but DO’Ps authorial flair effortlessly carries the story and creates an addictive novel you won’t want to put down!

Controversial, current yet classic The Cows focuses on the age-old issues aligned with growing-up, womanhood and friendship as well as the new and unexpected. It attempts to cover almost every modern feminist issue and though it is a successful and enjoyable read (one I won’t fail to recommend), I felt that a couple of balls could have been dropped to keep a stronger level of focus and character integrity.

The characters are the strongest part of The Cows. All three women have their own defined voice, character and personality and whilst flitting between the three could be confusing in anyone else’s hands, DO’P has written each so well you enjoy checking in with each one! Even if you don’t agree with their methods, motives or philosophies, you will come to understand what makes Tara, Cam and Stella tick. I really enjoyed the change of pace as you transition between the three viewpoints and whilst some of the things they experience are dotted with artistic license, you forgive DO’P because you just want to know what happens!

The Cows is hilarious, heart-breaking and oh so familiar! As DO’P shows what these women have to face, justify and tackle in their day-to-day lives her novel becomes a stark reminder of how far we have to go in order to accept all forms of individuality, free from judgement. So please do follow this recommendation to pick up the book but #dontfollowtheherd…

4 star

 

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