Fearlessly frank and funny, the debut adult novel from Dawn O’Porter needs to be talked about.
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 on...more
With heavy billing and a hefty amount of hype, The Cows is clearly a book with high ambitions. It’s certainly an interesting idea – transferring the debate over whether or not a woman is defined by her ability to procreate down to the populist chick lit genre. I had to raise an eyebrow though when the book kicked off with a dictionary definition of what a cow is but which fell into the common misconception that a heifer becomes a cow after ...more
"The Cows" is the interconnected story of three very different women who have experienced sexism, but also (more or less subtle) bullying from other women a ...more
Tara is a single mother who makes online documentaries. Cam is single and a feisty who is committed to being childless. She writes a blog about women and their issues. Stella is grieving the death of her sister, Alice, who had ovarian cancer.
The contents of this novel might offend some people as it covers abortion, sex, periods and masterbation to name a few. It tells about the dangers of videos going viral.
I did enjoy this novel but s ...more
This story focusses on three very different women who are initially unconnected, but gradually become a part of each other’s lives due to events that in many ways are out of their control.
Tara – A single mum and successful career woman, thanks to her own mum helping to take care of her daughter for her.
Cam – A very co ...more
I am going to start this review by saying that I didn't very much enjoy Dawn O'Porter's first novel, Paper Aeroplanes. Despite that, I was still excited when The Cows was made available to me through Netgalley. I do like O'Porter and her documentaries, and the blurb that accompanied this book sounded promising.
This book has changed my opinion of O'Porter as a novelist. Like the little check-ins with the Daily Mail online that many of us enjoy, it is addictive. The book follows the story of th ...more
A fabulously thinly veiled 'call to arms' for women everywhere - solidarity, sisters; not judgement and jealousy!
Any book about feminism is usually of interest to me. However, to refer to r The Cows as a simple feminist story would be to do it serious injustice. It's an upbeat, wise-cracking examination of how many females judge and bully one another (particularly online) - and an overall message to remind us to a) g ...more
Such a let down.
The story revolves around 3 women in their 30s and 40s (Tara, Cam and Stella) all living in London. Unconnected at the start but events transpire to bring them together.
Two problems at the outset. Firstly, I didn't like any of the 3 women for various reasons (one implausibly irresponsible, one was so vain and arr ...more
I found it crude, patronizing and really nasty. If the 3 women in this book represent feminism then we really need to worry. They patronized anyone who had a "traditional " life whilst using them for babysitting etc.
As for the men - I felt mostly sorry for them for being cast with such weak characters - men are much better than that.
And it wasn't funny and it wasn't well written - it was like an essay written by a schoolgirl aiming to shock.
I really feel t ...more
The Cows is a story of three woman ~ Tara, Camilla and Stella. All live very different lives. All have very different stories to tell. But the one thing they have in common is that all are trying to succeed in a society that is continually challenging them and attempting to push them back down.
Tara is a single mother of a one. Working in the male dominated world of the media, Tara is tough and determined to reach and ...more
The first thing that caught my eye was the edgy cover, then the book’s description (especially the - women don’t have to fall into a stereotype - part), and lastly the O’Porter’s profile photo (she looks like a rockstar!). But then I started reading and I couldn’t stop! It's all about three women standing by their beliefs in today’s largely stereotypical society.
Two of my favourite notes:
‘Can I be a princess ...more
The Cows follows three different women, in their late 20s, 30s and early 40s, as they navigate their way through life while facing off against public opinion on what women should be and what they should do, health scares, sexuality, misogyny in the workplace and much more.
This book was absolutely brilliant and I loved all of it. It's been a long time since a book was able to make laugh out lou ...more
They are definitely not the woman who follow the herd. I found this entertaining but also very cringe worthy. I appreciate how this book deals with social media over all. I liked this book but I w ...more
At the start of the book, Dawn O’Porter gives us the dictionary description of a cow. Part of the herd. Used for milk and beef. They produce milk, calves and then get slaughtered for their meat, which will most probably end up in dog food. Why therefore has she chosen these beautiful creatures with long eyelashes as the title for this book? Are women part of a herd? Is that what we’ve become as women?
The story revolves around three women. Tara, Cam and Stella ...more
It was supposed to be some sort of feminist statement, but if you think feminism is a load of women being awful to each other while saying things like 'just make an effort to change your life! get what you want!' then that's pretty shocking. All the characters were awful, the 'feminist' blogs interspersed throughout were awfully written (although no worse than the rest of the writing), the physical descriptions of women we ...more
Dear Tara's unfortunate circumstances rubbed some people the wrong way -- LOL, see what I did there? -- but I think it's the perfect summer read for the lighthearted and sometimes foolish gals in our circles.
I recommended The Cows to my own gang of girls, and can't wait for them to come back to me with some "Oh my GOD, can you believe.. ...more
The Cows is brilliant. I enjoyed every word. Dawn O’Porter’s writing is vibrant, sassy, sparky, sexy and funny as she explores what it means to be a woman in modern society where men still seem to have the upper hand and modern technology and social media can affect our lives devastatingly.
The plot is very entertaining but also quite disturbing. When Tara behaves in a way I found quite shocking, I ...more
Tara has a six year old daughter from a one night stand but now she is looking for someone special to share her life with and the guys she sees on Tinder are particularly uninspiring. When she finds herself ...more
The storyline for Tara just had me in hysterics at times, and reading sections out loud to my hubby. Look out for the scene dealing with broken crockery, and 'the cape'.
All these women had their faults but they felt very human to me, very realistic. I could identify with all of them and what they went through, and the motivations pushing their actions.
This is going into my Top 5 books for 2018.
The story follows three women: Tara, a single mother who makes documentary films in a misogynistic office; Cam, a childfree blogger who documents her life and loves online; and Stella, grieving the loss of her twin sister to breast cancer and facing a decision to have a prophylactic m ...more
Dawn has written for various UK newspapers and magazines including GRAZIA and STYLIST. She is also a highly prolifi ...more