Blurb: 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? The women in these startlingly original stories are all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. Discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength; each realises she holds the power to make a change.
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Fiction, Literary
Thirty women. Thirty stories. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Wore Her Heart on Her Sleeve, be prepared to dive into a collection of stories to remind you of the strength and power that lies with being a woman… and that’s it’s more than ok to use your voice and roar.
This book was so much more than I expected! I was obviously intrigued enough to pick the book up in the first place but the storytelling was so interestingly done that it surpassed my expectations. The stories in this book often focus around a woman, typically with no name (that we know of), no mention of her appearance and only a hint at her geographical/economic background (in some stories more than others) which I really appreciated as it made it really easy to insert yourself into their shoes and learn lessons along with them. The tone was that of a wise woman, almost as if this is your mother (or other prominent female figure) passing down life lessons in the guise of bedtime stories. I also loved that the stories cover a range of interesting topics that could certainly encourage conversation with readers. We touch on gender stereotypes (The Woman Who Wore Pink, The Woman Who Walked in her Husband’s Shoes), the importance of looking after ourselves (The Woman Who Unravelled, The Woman Who Found Bite Marks on her Skin) and, most importantly, being our own protectors (The Woman Who Wore her Heart on her Sleeve). Ahern also looks at topics like women’s reproductive rights (The Woman Who Guarded Gonads), women’s place in politics (The Woman Who Spoke Woman), the lack of ageing women in the media (The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared and The Woman Who Thought her Mirror was Broken) and briefly, re-entering society after transitioning into a woman (The Woman Who Found the World in her Oyster). All in all, this book is very much a celebration of women from all walks of life and is a real reminder that we should lift each other up.
As for what I disliked, there wasn’t really anything of particular note other than that it didn’t move me to tears (or some other strong reaction) which seems to be my criteria for a five star review. This book is most definitely still a worthwhile read that often had me pausing to think about the messages in these stories and how they could apply to my own life.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book if you identify as a woman and are in need of a bit of fiction to remind you just how powerful you are.
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