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Roar: Thirty Women, Thirty Stories

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  3,946 ratings  ·  824 reviews
Have you ever imagined a different life?
Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided
Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar?

From much-loved, international bestseller Cecelia Ahern come stories for all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Returned and Ex
Paperback, 337 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Grand Central Publishing (first published August 22nd 2018)
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Amalia Gkavea
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
‘’I’m here, I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.’’

30 stories of 30 women. 30 captivating titles that lead us to the sphere of Magical Realism and allegories. 30 stories that aim to give voice to characters who struggle with issues that make our lives a little more difficult and demanding, especially if we are women in a frenetic era. A collection by Cecelia Ahern that I would characterize as underwhelming, repetitive, superficial, pretentious.

A woman whose chromosomes are failing her, causing her t
Cecelia Ahern has taken a different direction in her writing with this feminist collection of short stories that celebrate women in all their glorious diversity with every story title beginning with The Woman Who. The book begins with the following epigraph:

I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore (Helen Reddy and Ray Burton)

Set amidst our contemporary movement of #MeToo, we have an exploration of what it is to be a woman in today's world, whether it is being married, being a refug
Rebecca Carter
ROAR is the latest book from Cecelia Ahern and is compiled of short stories that focus on women; some are funny, some thought provoking or enlightening but they are all engaging. The release of this book is perfect in its timing of following the #me too and times up movements, in its premise being about the empowering of women - but not in a preachy way. I'm sure there's at least one story in the book that every woman can relate to.

This book is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, in approx
Kayleigh Kehoe ♡

Oh no.

I'm probably supposed to rate this a 5 star to show comradeship or sisterhood due to being a woman but I won't. These short stories did not make me feel inspired as a woman, or motivated, or rallied. To be honest, I cringed heavily at most of them. And a lot of the situations that are told in the stories aren't exactly exclusive to women, which made it difficult to un-generalise my already society conformed feeli
Mar 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
A great idea let down by its execution. I read the first three stories and found them to be thinly veiled, obvious literal interpretations of gender roles/societal expectations. Rather than feeling empowered, I just cringed at the condescending tone.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having loved Celia Ahern’s “PS I Love You” I was very intrigued to read her short stories.

These bite size stories are large enough to sink you’re teeth into and celebrate women in all their glory and faults. There is a story for everyone, that you will identify with.

Loved cringeville, everybody has a cringe moment but imagine going to a place called Cringeville. I have been there at some point and you think you won’t ever get over it and yes you will laugh about it 1 day!! It does make you feel
Julie Parks
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I absolutely LOVED this.

Reading this book the sun started shining again.

Short stories with actual stories. All these female characters are so vivid and un-boring which isn't usually the case with short stories. Nowadays most are simply about something BIG or TRUE but can be otherwise quite on the boring side, until the very end at least when you realize there's some grand metaphor in there and the world makes sense again.

Cecelia Ahern's writing is so poignant and yet lyrical enough to keep smili
Lisa Wolf
Roar is a collection of fantastical stories, rooted in the real world, in which the unnamed women at the heart of the different tales experience life through a series of metaphors that have somehow become reality.

The titles of these 30 stories all begin with the words The Woman Who. Each focuses on a woman experiencing some sort of literal manifestation of the types of issues we all encounter more figuratively in our worlds.

The collection opens strong with The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared. The p
Louise Wilson
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5⭐️ rounded up to 4

This is a collection of thirty short stories about women. They centre around an anonymous woman at different stages in their life. This woman could be any one of us.

We hear from women with body issues, women being mistreated, women who want children, women who don't, women struggling with their age etc. This is a book that all women can relate to. They will either be the women with the issues or know of women who do. It's an eye opening insight into the things most women thi
Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
They felt so relatable. My favorite one was The woman who found bite marks on her skin, coz I've been that woman. Some stories were funny and I enjoyed all of them. ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
3.5 stars
Roar is a collection of thirty imaginative short stories about women. Each story centres around an anonymous woman at a different stage of her life copying with an every day issue or facing a challenge. I found some stories very relatable while others felt too bizarre. I think that every female reader will find one or two stories she will identify with, or at least recognise someone she knows who is similar to the woman in the story. The stories are a deliberately absurd exaggeration of
Genevieve Trono
I really had a hard time with this book. I get where she was going but it was just so over the top that it was hard to take seriously. I loved her idea of doing short stories about everyday challenges modern day women face. Unfortunately, the transformations were so whimsical that it was hard to really look at the issue she was trying to represent which were strong enough on their own.

I love Ahern's writing but this just didn't work for me. I appreciate what she was trying to do here but this j
I solemnly grieve the end of this beautiful, bold and crazy book. There are very few stories that touch you, and look at my good luck that all the thirty stories have been imprinted into my memory and heart.

“Roar” is a collection of stories about 30 anonymous women, expressed in the most commendable mixture of wit and power. This book is one of its kind, and I feel blessed to have gotten to read the tales that were an amalgamation of fearlessness and strength. I don’t have words to define how th
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
Review : Thirty awe-inspiring stories that every person needs to read to understand woman, not as a gender but woman as a HUMAN BEING. Cecelia Ahern never fails to impress with her storytelling and this is what you can expect from her newly released collection of short stories.

"Women" are termed as the WEAKER SECTION of the society by the opposite gender but what is more disheartening is that even women themselves often fall prey to this predetermined notion of them. They are often devalued by m
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
i really had no idea what to expect from this book. I don't read short story collections often, and it had been a while since I last read a book by the author.

Yet from the first story - The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared, I could tell that this is a rather special collection.

Each story highlights an aspect of life that illuminates a specific quality about a person, often to the extreme. The main women in each story tends to nameless, she is the key person but at the same time she could be someon
Mridula Gupta
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A refreshing take on Feminism in a language that everyone understands and speaks.

30 women with 30 unique stories about the burdens and pain each have to endure in a world that has always been unfair to the female sex. Women have always been told what to do, feel and behave since town immemorial. Women have also been programmed to believe that compassion, guilt, remorse etc. is what they have to feel at a greater magnitude when compared to their male counterparts. Women have been an object of sho
Aritri Chatterjee
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
You know when a book changes your opinion about a writer? Well I think it was this book for me.

Cecilia Ahern was one of the feel good writers for me, whose books I read and felt light and happy. However, reading Roar was a revelation to me and something I definitely did not expect.

Ahern tells the story of thirty women in thirty tales and these thirty women could be any of us. She talks of the woman who starts growing invisible simply because people stop acknowledging her or the woman who was put
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Astute, thought-provoking, and empowering!

Roar is a sharp, creative collection of short stories that highlight all the responsibilities, expectations, and discriminations that society places on women, as well as the self-reproach, pressure, and need for validation we as women place on ourselves.

The writing is witty and sharp. The stories are imaginative, well written and impactful. And the plots, although slightly different, all have a similar theme and character, “the woman”, who is always in
Mairead Hearne (
I am woman. Hear me roar.

Have you ever imagined a different life?
Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided?
Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar?

Cecelia Ahern has written an incredibly original piece of work with her latest book, ROAR. Due for release with Harper Collins on 25th October, ROAR is described as ‘witty, tender, surprising…keenly observed tales that speak to us all, and capture the moment when we all want to roar.’

I have approached my review slightly differently
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roar is a collection of thirty short stories from this incredibly talented author. I had no idea what to expect when I started to read these, and have been totally blown away by the originality of this writing.

Each of the stories feature 'a woman'; no names, just 'the woman', and this is such an enlightening thing to do. Whilst each of the women in each of the stories are unique, they all have that common bond; they are female and they are all dealing with issues that are unique to women, whoeve
Charlotte Jones
*Disclaimer: this book was sent to me for free by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I have only previously read a couple of Cecelia Ahern's novels and am not sure if I have experienced her short story writing before. This collection tells the stories of thirty female characters from different walks of life and has a touch of magical realism which is used to highlight issues faced by women in the twenty-first century.

This is by far one of the best short story col
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free ebook version of this through Netgalley. Thankyou to both Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this. My review is still honest!

How can I describe a book like Roar? A collection of 30 stories all centred around women, it was a truly eye-opening experience.
This is about women of all sorts, told through a magical realism lens. To give a little snapshot: women in toxic relationships, women with body issues, women raising families, women being mistreated, women who wan
Being exasperated of having browsed through all the books in my library, I asked my sister to pick a book for me at random, and this stuck out to her.

The stories in this are a bit hit or miss but some thankfully stuck out.
Frankly, it reads like your average white-feminist collection with clean-cut endings wrapped in a bow, but still, some gems were to be found. Like the one where the main characters arrives in cringeville, and now, I’m ultra aware of the phrase “per se.”

Check out the first stor
My one thousand lives
Roar by Cecelia Ahern is a collection of 30 short storys about the different challenges women face from sexism and feeling lost to embarrassment and wanting to be heard. I was expecting this book to be 30 real life stories about specific women but it's not. It's 30 methophoric storys that are told in a really clever, inclusive and witty ways
I related to a lot of the stories like 'the woman who was swallowed up by the floor and who meet lots of other women down there too' and 'the woman who smil
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of Cecelia Ahearn’s books so, I was intrigued to get a copy of Roar as I have not experienced her writing short stories.
Roar is a collection of 30 short stories, all about women in different situations. They are in the usual style what we all love by Cecelia Ahearn but, they more thought provoking than the norm that I have read from this author.
I really enjoyed most of these stories from Cecelia Ahern. Each made me stop and think about each story and the experiences of each
Adrianna O.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m going to give this book 3 stars, because I enjoyed it, it was lighthearted.

But lately I’ve been looking for something deep, and this was unfortunately not it, so, as sadly as it is for me to admit it - I was disappointed 😔

There was so much potential!

Some stories really managed to get to me, until they were abruptly concluded and eventually ended up leaving me unsatisfied.

It’s a real shame, this could be a VERY good book if the writer gave more time and expand on some stories and just remo
Clair Sharpe
Roar is a collection of 30 feminist stories, about 30 unnamed women which are touching, sad, humorous and uplifting. All written by Cecelia Ahern, the women in these short stories are oppressed, neglected and underrated but ultimately come out on top.
We have "The Woman Who Was Kept on the Shelf" about a woman who is so idealised by her husband that he literally keeps her on a shelf; "The Woman Who Was Swallowed Up by the Floor..." who escapes down a hole while doing a work presentation and find
I didn't like it at all. The author wanted to create allegories around overcoming gender related societal roles, but her stories where somewhat naive at best. This stories do not empower women, how can a story whose main character doesn't have a name empowers a anyone? Naive, obvious, condescending, frustrating. Not good. ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve got mixed feelings about this.

A majority of these short stories have such a great premise to them, so much potential, that I think a few of them could’ve been written differently. And when I say that, I mean with a bit more substance. These short stories start off interesting, then are rushed near the end, giving a very “cheesy” lesson to be learned by the reader. It’s kind of disappointing!

There are 30 short stories in this collection, and honestly, I found it to be way too much. It could’
Paula  Phillips
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
When I saw that Cecelia Ahern had released a new book, it went automatically on to my reading list as I have always been a fan of her books whether it be her adult romance or her YA dystopian. I wasn't 100% sure what to expect from Roar except that it would be a collection of short stories. I have to admit it was a weird collection of short stories but they each had a common thread of feminism and being about strong woman or women that needed to recognize their own strength to make themselves wo ...more
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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

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