Roar

Roar

Cecelia Ahern / Aug 17, 2019

Roar From the bestselling author of P S I Love You a fiercely feminist story collection that blends fables with magical realism perfect for fans of Roxane Gay In this singular and imaginative story

  • Title: Roar
  • Author: Cecelia Ahern
  • ISBN: 1538730960
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the bestselling author of P.S I Love You, a fiercely feminist story collection that blends fables with magical realism perfect for fans of Roxane Gay.In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern illuminates the myriad ways in which women overcome adversity with wit, resourcefulness and compassion Exploring dilemmas and aspirations that women ev From the bestselling author of P.S I Love You, a fiercely feminist story collection that blends fables with magical realism perfect for fans of Roxane Gay.In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern illuminates the myriad ways in which women overcome adversity with wit, resourcefulness and compassion Exploring dilemmas and aspirations that women everywhere will relate to, these unforgettable tales blend magical realism and familiar scenarios with startling and often hilarious results In matters ranging from marriage and childrearing to politics and career, the heroines of these thought provoking stories confront problems both mysterious and mundane one woman is tortured by sinister bite marks that appear on her skin another is swallowed up by the floor during a mortifying presentation yet another resolves to return and exchange her boring husband at the store where she originally acquired him As they wrestle with obstacles of all kinds, their reality is shaped by how others perceive them and ultimately, how they perceive the power within themselves By turns sly, whimsical and affecting, these 30 short stories are an inspiring examination of what it means to be a woman today Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 288 pages Expected publication April 16th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing More Details ISBN 1538730960 ISBN13 9781538730966 Other Editions 12 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Roar by Cecelia Ahern Release date Apr 16, 2019 Enter for a chance to win an early galley of ROAR by Cecelia Ahern NO PO BOXES From the bestselling author of P.S I Love You, a fiercely feminist s Enter for a chance to win an early galley of ROAR by Cecelia Ahern NO PO BOXES From the bestselling author of P.S I Love You, a fiercely feminist story collection that blends fables with magical realism perfect for fans of Roxane Gay.In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern illuminates the myriad ways in which women overcome adversity with wit, resourcefulness and compassion Exploring dilemmas and aspirations that women everywhere will relate to, these unforgettable tales blend magical realism and familiar scenarios with startling and often hilarious results In matters ranging from marriage and childrearing to politics and career, the heroines of these thought provoking stories confront problems both mysterious and mundane one woman is tortured by sinister bite marks that appear on her skin another is swallowed up by the floor during a mortifying presentation yet another resolves to return and exchange her boring husband at the store where she originally acquired him As they wrestle with obstacles of all kinds, their reality is shaped by how others perceive them and ultimately, how they perceive the power within themselves By turns sly, whimsical and affecting, these 30 short stories are an inspiring examination of what it means to be a woman today Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Radio 2 Book Club 2018 13 books 4 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 08, 2018 Amalia Gavea rated it it was ok review of another edition 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 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 to 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 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 to disappear A woman placed on a shelf, exhibited as a trophy Guilt becomes a plague of bite marks for a working mother A wife eats photographs to relieve happier memories Another discovers that abandoning herself and her career how created a peacock feather inside her brain These are the stories that spoke to me and made me continue reading, trying to discover something original and meaningful in the majority of the material Unfortunately, it wasn t meant to be The Woman Who Had A Ticking Cloak was rather mediocre That famous or infamous ticking clock that calls for us to be mothers doesn t exist in all women de facto and it is high time society accepted that and move on The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged Her Husband was irritatingly bad The Woman Who Walked In Her Husband s Shoes managed to baffle me so props for that I don t know what Ahern tried to communicate with this story Gender identity Insecurity Whatever it was, it seemed tacky, badly composed The Woman Who Wore Pink was the epitome of weak writing over themes that have been dealt with again and again by much better writers than her As it were, the result was rather tasteless The Woman Who Spoke Woman demonstrated some of the worst writing I ve come across in a while In my opinion, most of the stories were bad Plain and simple Issues that are considered relevant to most of us were executed in a way that had little to do with Magical Realism or Contemporary writing The only redeeming quality was the choice of presenting the stories are urban fabbles which made even the worst moments in this collection a little bearable Speaking strictly for me, I can t say I can relate to the majority of the issues presented but this is an entirely subjective attitude What I can objectively state is that the way most of the stories are presented are cheaply melodramatic It may work for many readers but it never works for me Why such an emphasis on sex Not every woman cares for sex or relationships of any kind and 30 stories seemed too many since the same themes are repeated over and over again And the dialogue My God, was it horrible Cultural and gender diversity was a welcome feature Ahern tried to place focus on the themes of motherhood, insecurity, pressure The feeling that your body doesn t obey you any The trap of forsaking your dreams for the sake of a family forgetting that being a mother and a wife doesn t cancel the fact that you are a human being Sadly, even if I could honestly say that I am interested in these issues, 30 stories of the same blurbing get easily mundane, in my opinion.My first Ahern novel was The Marble Collector which proved to be a satisfying choice After it came Lyrebird which was seriously disappointing I faced the same issues with ROAR, a collection that was anything but fierce and rebellious When all is said and done, I don t think I will try my luck with another Ahern book in the foreseeable future Her writing and the themes she chooses to emphasize are not for me, I m afraid.Many thanks to HarperCollins and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.My reviews can also be found on flag 120 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Oct 07, 2018 Paromjit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary fiction, netgalley, short stories, women s fiction 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 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 refugee, being a mother and the fundamental issues of equality and justice It covers issues such as birth control, the burden of guilt, humiliation, the folly of comparing ourselves to others, ageing and so much It is about shifting perceptions and overcoming obstacles and challenges The stories are modern offbeat, humorous and witty fables delivered in small bite size pieces that can be fit into busy lives I particularly enjoyed reading The Woman Who Ate Photographs, The Woman Who Sowed Seeds of Doubt and The Woman Who Was a Featherbrain Not all of the stories will hit their mark, but a number are bound to do so Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC flag 59 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Nov 29, 2018 Rebecca Carter rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, contemporary, cultural ireland, fiction, novella, netgalley 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 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 just five minutes you can have finished one of the stories For those of us with not completely hectic full on lives, the entire book can be devoured in a long and lazy afternoon with plenty of time for a few tea or and coffee breaks Although I did thoroughly enjoy ROAR, I have to admit to looking forward to Cecelia s next normal style of book regular length non short story bookThat s not to say this is lacking any of Cecelia s distinctive quirky style, her short stories are spot on, I just personally prefer becoming fully immersed in regular length books that have a bit substance With thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for the opportunity to read this arc in return for an honest and unbiased review flag 34 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Oct 09, 2018 Nadia rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 starsRoar 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 3.5 starsRoar 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 a different situation, cleverly written and highlighting the strength and resilience of women.Each story is unique, however, it did feel a bit repetitive after a while I would recommend reading this over a longer time period rather than in just one sitting.I really enjoyed the story of The Woman Who Forgot Her Name and particularly liked the story The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared Women need to see women too If we don t see each other, if we don t see ourselves, how can we expect anybody else to Society told you that you weren t important, that you didn t exist, and you listened You let the message seep into your pores, eat you from the inside out You told yourself you weren t important, and you believed yourself Many thanks to HarperCollins for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 19, 2018 Julie Parks 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 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 smiling even when she describes something tragic or sad because she does it with such grace and lightness simply making it feel a natural part of life A very beautiful natural part of life that also teaches the reader that everything that s natural is also beautiful.This book reminded me of Anthony Doerr s MEMORY WALL These two writers in that way are comparable they both can skillfully depict the oddest things as simply natural and beautiful.The biggest thank you to NetGalley for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review Also, it was a pleasure to discover a new writer flag 11 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Kayleigh Kehoe Awkword Reviews rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley, fiction, contemporary, shortstories 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 feelings, for example, The Woman Who Was Swallowed Up By The Floor And Who Met Lo 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 feelings, for example, The Woman Who Was Swallowed Up By The Floor And Who Met Lots Of Other People Down There Too. Her anxiety is physical It s all going on in her body She feels trembling in her knees, her legs, her fingers A heart that beats too fast, they must be able to see it vibrating through her blouse A cramp in her stomach that tights Nothing, nothing in her mind I had too many gripes with this to really settle into the story, so many that if I was written into the book my short story would be called, The Woman Who Complained Too Much , which actually sounds quite interesting to be honest These short stories take the typical social cues and norms that afflict any female and personifies it in such an excruciating way Every societal compliance is twisted into a literal story line Each story is told with a fairy tale like quality to it a third person point of view with a very far away perspective I quite liked that, but it didn t make me relate even though these stories were written to put into printed language the struggles of modern day women The main character in each story is commonly referred to as the woman they re not even deigned names yet the stories purpose is to lift women up It s a nice idea, but it didn t quite hit the nail on the head for me I wasn t nodding along going, hey, yeah I am pretty awesome and pretty and powerful in my own right and my anxieties are irrelevant it was of a slow shake of the head, disgruntled at the way women were portrayed Stop hiding here and making things worse Deal with it head on Calmly Stand up for yourself Talk to people Be an adult Then come here and just enjoy feeding the ducks The idea of these short stories as a feminist masterpiece is really something I can get behind, but the actual execution made me squirm uncomfortably Cecelia Ahern provokes insecurities and portrayals that befall women in general and well, to be blunt, dehumanises them Feelings turned into literal representations take over the platform that the women in the stories should have had in general It was very emotion based and the moral of the story always seemed to be, your feelings are valid which, yes, of course they are but I would have liked them to be celebrated for what they are sensitivity and empathy come from a deep, understanding place that not all mammals have, I am proud that I get emotional and once cried hysterically at a Harry Potter book, I am proud that I once cried when I found a dead seagull on the road I don t even really like seagulls, particularly. Cecelia Ahern s take on our feelings was of a yeah, they re our feelings, so what approach, whereas I think it should be , yes, these are my feelings, aren t they great and wonderful and define us as human beings Bottom line this could have been so much better. wordpress tumblr bookstagram twitter flag 10 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 06, 2018 Rachel Gilbey rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 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 someone you know The odds are you will recognise some of the traits if not in yourself than in your loved ones It is a book that will both make you think and others that will make you smile A lot of the specifics aren t exactly realistic in how they are portrayed, but at the same time its a fabulous way of make the instance stick in your mind For there is a women and her sisters who literally unravel and fall to pieces, there is a woman who has been put on a shelf by her husband for her whole life and lives on a shelf There is one who due to a birth defect has her heart on her sleeve the whole time you will know people that have this quality, even if they clearly don t have their heart outside their body There are ticking clocks, overcoming speech impediments there is a woman who loves exchanging everything as she is never happy Some of the stories are quite eye opening and others rather amusing Some of them take on a dystopian sort of world where there are new laws to make certain things now illegal, which really makes you think I was reading these perhaps 2 or 3 at a time, over a period of three days and I can quite happily say they are a very cleverly put together set of stories, by what is clearly a highly imaginative and intelligent author, who can see things in a rather unnusual way I m very pleased to have been able to read this book and it really is all about the power of women Thank you to Netgalley and Harper for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily flag 6 likesLike see review Oct 22, 2018 Mairead Hearne swirlandthread rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 t 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 this time, as this is a very unusual short story collection There are thirty stories in full, so I have listed all of them, with a few thoughts of my own, as I feel it is important, in order to really give you a proper flavour of what this book is about The Woman Who Slowly DisappearedThe Woman Who Was Kept on the ShelfThe Woman Who Grew WingsThe Woman Who Was Fed by a DuckThe Woman Who Found Bite Marks on Her SkinThe Woman Who Thought Her Mirror Was BrokenThe Woman Who Was Swallowed Up by the Floor and Who Met Lots of Other Women Down There TooThe Woman Who Ordered the Seabass SpecialThe Woman Who Ate PhotographsThe Woman Who Forgot Her NameEach story in this collection has an underlying theme with a very strong message.As a woman I found myself nodding my head and agreeing with so many of them and in some cases quite shocked by them The Woman Who Found Bite Marks On Her Skin is one that particularly resonated with me Many of us are subsumed with guilt on a daily basis, as we try to juggle our busy lives.We find it difficult to say No and are always wanting to please others, leaving us with a constant feeling that we are not doing enough.Cecelia Ahern takes this guilt and literally describes, through one woman s story, what this guilt does to us It s quite a graphic image, providing a shocking reality check about how we should deal with this guilt going forward The Woman Who Had a Ticking ClockThe Woman Who Sowed Seeds of DoubtThe Woman Who Returned and Exchanged Her HusbandThe Woman Who Lost Her Common SenseThe Woman Who Walked in Her Husband s ShoesThe Woman Who Was a FeatherbrainThe Woman Who Wore Her Heart on Her SleeveThe Woman Who Wore PinkThe Woman Who Blew AwayThe Woman Who Had a Strong SuitAs I read through these stories I was struck by the simplicity of the approach Cecelia Ahern has taken in presenting this compilation of stories to the world Cecelia has interpreted everyday phrases in a very witty fashion yet also with a very meaningful message attached The Woman Who Walked in Her Husband s Shoes is an example of this The woman in the story literally walks in her husband s shoes and she is immediately treated very differently She could see life from her husband s perspective and was quite surprised by what she discovered The Woman Who Has a Strong Suit is also a very quirky look at how we identify our strongest attributes and how we use these talents in life, sometimes without even realising it The Woman Who Spoke WomanThe Woman Who Found Her World in Her OysterThe Woman Who Guarded GonadsThe Woman Who Was PigeonholedThe Woman Who Jumped on The BandwagonThe Woman Who SmiledThe Woman Who Thought the Grass Was Greener on the Other SideThe Woman Who UnravelledThe Woman Who Cherry PickedThe Woman Who RoaredThis collection of stories is a mixed bag of tales I think each person who picks up the book will walk away with a very personal and unique experience Clearly we all must ROAR a little louder but we also need to be aware of our surroundings, of other people in our lives and of how we view ourselves and each other as women, but also as human beings The Woman Who Thought The Grass Was Greener on the Other Side is an example of this that applies to us all How many of us look on longingly at what others have How many of us drool over Instagram and Facebook posts, imagining the fabulous lives of other people But the reality of this is that we have no idea what sufferings are behind those filtered smiles or the struggles people face just to put one foot on the floor every morning.I always approach a short story compilation a little differently than other books I leave it on a table in my living room and tend to read a couple of stories over a day In the case of ROAR, I think that this is a necessary approach The message can easily be lost if read all at once, as a repetitiveness can creep in The stories are exaggerated truths, of that there is no doubt, but they are an eye opener into our lives as women There are plenty of moments in our lives when we want to just lock ourselves away and roar As frustrations build up and the guilt kicks in, we need to be kinder to ourselves, to step back and take a moment to breatheAR is a book that challenges, a book that raises possibilities It s very very unconventional There are stories in there that will resonate strongly and stories that will just not appeal ROAR is like a pick and mix bag of sweets, as you can dip in and out choosing a random story or selecting by the chapter titles that appeals It is an inspirational book, a book that is quite stimulating, but also filled with plenty of laugh out loud moments, as you start to recognise how flippantly we use many of these phrases.The magic of ROAR is that every woman will discover at least one story they can relate to There is a moral attached to each tale, making it a parable of sorts It is up to each reader how we interpret this message and how we chose to use it s power.Original Thought provoking Pertinent flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 04, 2018 Skye rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, 4 star good 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 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 want children and women who don t, women struggling with their dreams, age related issues, women who are generally unsatisfied with their lives It features a trans woman, a refugee woman It plays on every common saying about women that time is ticking to have a child, that you want the ground to swallow you up It is so very clever in how it introduces each story and incorporates the issues and conflicts that so many women face, including ones that the popular feminist would not necessarily consider There will be a character in this that every woman can relate to, and even if you don t identify as female, I think that this will give you an eye opening insight into the things that most women think about, things that may not even cross your mind It explains the things that bother women in a way that others can understand why it bothers us, and why it isn t okay.It s a book that was disturbing at times, some of the stories were reminiscent of The Handmaid s Tale and other feminist dystopian fiction and it was just generally well written Easy to read and engaging with each story having its own world and being worth the read One of my new favourite short story collections flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Genevieve Trono rated it it was ok 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 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 just fell flat for me and seemed very superficial at best Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book All opinions are my own flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 04, 2019 Anupama C K b0rn_2_read rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 My one thousand lives rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 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 smiled and there were other storys that I haven t experienced but i was able to learned from There were also storys that made me laugh out load by how they showed the stupid things some women have to go through by telling it though the most ridiculous sinarios and others that made me mad at the injustice of some thingsThe stories were well written and were the perfect size that you could read one if you had a spare few minute or you could read 5 or 6 in the afternoon and feel fairly accomplished with yourself I think Roar touched on a wide variety of challenges faced by women and there will deffinetly be 2 or 3 that you will be able to identify with and I m sure will get a laugh out of tooOverall I really enjoyed this book, it is a type of book that I have never read before and it was different to what I expected but I think that made it all the better I would deffinetly recommend this book it is funny, eye opening, outspoken and insightful I also found it encouraging or supportive you could say, it shows you you are not alone and there are billions of other woman going though one thing or another right now too So don t worry things get better and if your feeling overwhelmed, stressed or belittled just leave it out, just roar flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 24, 2018 Charlotte Jones rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves review copies, short story collections 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 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 collections I ve ever read There were a few misses for me personally but the majority of the stories were impactful and memorable I love how Ahern has taken contemporary issues and twisted them slightly to give a strange atmosphere to each story without it becoming stale at any point.Overall I would definitely recommend this book It s one that I feel different people would get different things from and I thoroughly enjoyed it flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 14, 2018 michelle 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 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 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 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 woman and recognise some of them in my own life experiences But, I thought towards the end of the book, some of the story were getting quite silly Shame as I would have given it 5 stars but this is a 4 star read for me.Thank you Harper Collins and Netgalley for a copy of this book flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Clair Sharpe rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, chick lit, female authors, owned books, hardbacks, short stories, publisher promotions 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 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 finds lots of other women down the hole who have been so embarrassed in a situation that they have been swallowed up by the floor The Woman Who Had a Ticking Clock about a woman whose biological clock is ticking so loudly it drives her boyfriend away I was really moved by most of the stories It was a great read the stories are just the right length and they are so creative and clever.Thank you so much to Abbie Salter at HarperFiction for gifting me with a copy of this flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Adrianna rated it liked it review of another edition 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 time and expand on some stories and just remo 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 time and expand on some stories and just removed the unnecessary ones, for instance, the ending Again, so much room for improvement flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 01, 2018 Anne 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 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, whoever they may be.Cecelia Ahern has taken some well used and well known phrases and turned them into stories that will resonate with every woman who reads them Each and every one of these are expertly written, with characters and situations that are so very clever.As with any collection of short stories, I have my favourites, but I can honestly say that there isn t one story that I didn t enjoy reading.The Woman Who Found Bite Marks on Her Skin is a particular favourite The author depicts how women allow others to take pieces of them for their own gain, and how we can be eaten up by guilt It s quite shocking, but eloquently written.The Woman Who Walked in Her Husband s Shoes is a very moving story, yet anger inducing too Ahern looks at how a woman would be perceived differently if she was a man The Woman goes out in her husband s shoes and instantly, her experiences change This is so enlightening something that most of us are aware of at all times.Clever, tender, witty this is a fabulous collection of stories and every woman will recognise themselves, or someone they know in all of them Wonderful and highly recommended from me flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it really liked it review of another edition via my blog Even when practically invisible, she was still fighting to be seen There is a story a woman of any age can relate to in this collection, whether you feel like your age or situation is making you fade to nothing, or you re struggling with time slipping through your fingers, your most precious moments are running away from you and all you want is to eat them up and live in them A woman returns her husband, she just has no use for him any, via my blog Even when practically invisible, she was still fighting to be seen There is a story a woman of any age can relate to in this collection, whether you feel like your age or situation is making you fade to nothing, or you re struggling with time slipping through your fingers, your most precious moments are running away from you and all you want is to eat them up and live in them A woman returns her husband, she just has no use for him any, Paddy wasn t defective, he wasn t faulty , she had just grown out of love but then what happens if he is put back up for sale What happens when a woman walks in her husband s shoes She learns that men carry themselves differently, not always walking through the world as freely as she imagined They too have expectations due to their sex, as much as women, but the best part of the story is when she runs into another man, Bob, who has his own surprise Our world is the same but it s not Another story is about a woman who, due to a birth defect, wears her heart on her sleeve It gives her away, her emotional state, beating loudly when her face tries to mask her feelings.The Woman Who Wore Pink is quite interesting, as Gender Police make sure you don t overstep your identity as male or female It s a damning and frustrating exploration on gender roles, how dare a woman hold open a door, that s a man s duty This story in particular reminded me of something I could easily see in the show Black Mirror There was an eerie feeling that washed over me, all of the supposed to be of it There is no doubt there are unspoken rules regarding gender roles in modern day life, and maybe there aren t gender police, and sure you don t get penalized or fined for doing something considered masculine feminine for the most part , say the type of food you eat or the color you wear but there are rules aren t there I think about how a boy wearing a pink shirt when I was a kid in school would have certainly been an invitation for bullying It s a color a color The author is saying a lot in this story, and it s my favorite.I can t think of a woman who can t identify with The Woman Who Spoke Woman Women need a translator in order for the men in power to understand them The men in charge demand women who are man speaking and don t harp on about women s issues Sound familiar ladies The Woman Who Guarded Gonads is a loud message, how different the world would be if men had to fight women s opinions about choices regarding their bodies, as we are forced to do It comes off as preposterous, doesn t it, and yet it s a reality for women I wonder what a man s take on this short story would be, I welcome their thoughts.The collection is a fast read but has bite, and of course the stories are meant to engage the reader to question the culture we live in relating to gender issues Women are so hard on themselves, but so is the world There is surrealism, as in The Woman Who Unraveled, meant to invoke deeper meaning Visibly unraveling would likely be easier, because then maybe others would notice and one could take the time they needed to feel whole again Of course, our struggles are invisible in the real world, and we keep a face on, truck along, usually at the detriment of ourselves, and others It s not lost on me that I am dealing with a health issue and in doing my research about other women who go through what I will be soon, confess they didn t slow down enough, nor have support enough to recover from their surgery because of the load they carry as a mother wife Unraveling indeed, women don t listen to their bodies enough, and what a sad world it is when they don t have the support they need.Yes, read it It s strange but the author is playing with very serious feminist issues, to make it easier to confront she engages the reader with magical realism.Publication Date April 16, 2019Grand Central Publishing flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 15, 2018 Karen Swanscott rated it really liked it review of another edition Empowering and relatable but also somewhat frustrating in places Cecelia Ahern s newest work is a powerful collection of 30 short stories All centre around a different but unknown woman, you are given no name Here lies the magic in the narrative, these stories are about women in different points and aspects of our lives Women s who could be any of us, these stories resonate a truth in us You understand the frustrations and revelations of the characters because you have lived them or recogni Empowering and relatable but also somewhat frustrating in places Cecelia Ahern s newest work is a powerful collection of 30 short stories All centre around a different but unknown woman, you are given no name Here lies the magic in the narrative, these stories are about women in different points and aspects of our lives Women s who could be any of us, these stories resonate a truth in us You understand the frustrations and revelations of the characters because you have lived them or recognise them in others The frustration comes from the stories varying lengths Some of the shorter ones I wanted of and some of the longer less of This however is a trivial point compared to the overall enjoyment of the book.I was very happy to review this book on behalf of love reading and would certainly recommend it when in goes on release It s a powerful book that will speak to women of all ages flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 15, 2018 Diane Dunn rated it it was amazing review of another edition Thanks to Netgalley the author and publishers for a copy of this book I don t normally read short stories, not enough to get my teeth into, however this book was so enjoyable, the lives of women told in imaginative ways I found myself smiling as I read it and would definitely recommend to others flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Frenchorchidea rated it liked it review of another edition Not sure what to say about this book which is a collection of 30 short stories Usually I love every book from Cecelia Ahern, I always found her books really enjoyable, magical But I found those short stories all very strange, way too strange for me Every of those short stories is telling a story of a woman and every of those short stories pin point a different issue that women face around the world I understood the point of this book but unfortunately the stories were a bit too strange for m Not sure what to say about this book which is a collection of 30 short stories Usually I love every book from Cecelia Ahern, I always found her books really enjoyable, magical But I found those short stories all very strange, way too strange for me Every of those short stories is telling a story of a woman and every of those short stories pin point a different issue that women face around the world I understood the point of this book but unfortunately the stories were a bit too strange for me as previously said and after a while I found the stories a bit too repetitive Also I wanted to mention that I unfortunately didn t recognized the usual Cecelia Ahern writing So it was a bit of disappointment to me but this book is still worth a try flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Fully.Booked rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.5 5 4 rounded up This was such a charming and unique read Roar is a collection of 30 short stories focused on women The stories are totally fiction and have an imaginative narrative I appreciate what Ahern did here there are hidden messages on empowerment and I felt as though she adressed a wide range of topics, so there s something for everyone Some stories stuck with me than others my personal favourite was The Woman Who Was Swallowed Up By The Floor and Who Met Lots of Wom 3.5 5 4 rounded up This was such a charming and unique read Roar is a collection of 30 short stories focused on women The stories are totally fiction and have an imaginative narrative I appreciate what Ahern did here there are hidden messages on empowerment and I felt as though she adressed a wide range of topics, so there s something for everyone Some stories stuck with me than others my personal favourite was The Woman Who Was Swallowed Up By The Floor and Who Met Lots of Women Down There Too flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Hayley rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves actual book, read 2018, review books read This review was originally posted on my blog I m a huge fan of Cecelia Ahern so I squealed with joy when a copy of Roar arrived at my house I m so happy to say that Roar exceeded all of my expectations and I completely and utterly adored it Roar is a collection of thirty inspiring, quirky and powerful short stories all are written from the viewpoint of unnamed women and each examines a different facet of female experience.I loved how the protagonist in each of This review was originally posted on my blog I m a huge fan of Cecelia Ahern so I squealed with joy when a copy of Roar arrived at my house I m so happy to say that Roar exceeded all of my expectations and I completely and utterly adored it Roar is a collection of thirty inspiring, quirky and powerful short stories all are written from the viewpoint of unnamed women and each examines a different facet of female experience.I loved how the protagonist in each of the stories remains unnamed as it really allowed me to get engrossed in the story and to either remember what it was like to be in a similar situation to the woman, or to imagine how she must feel.I think this might be the first time I ve ever read a short story collection and loved every single story Some affected me than others but each one stands distinct and on its own each story is memorable and none have become muddled in my head since I finished reading.It s near impossible to pick a favourite story but I think if I was pushed to choose one it would be The Woman Who Was Pigeonholed It just really spoke to me how all the women were put in neatly labelled boxes and despite having many other elements to how they were, they were mostly judged on one trait The ending of this story made me smile, and I could so identify with it because I have pushed from being seen as weak and disabled to being seen as tenacious and determined.I also loved The Woman Who Was Swallowed Up By The Floor And Who Met Lots Of Other Women Down There Too We ve all been in that situation where we ve done something embarrassing and just want the ground to open up and swallow us, and this story explores that I love how we get to see what has embarrassed other women and how it makes you see that your own embarrassment isn t that bad, and that it can be got through.The Woman Who Walked In Her Husband s Shoes was also incredibly powerful and is definitely food for thought I kept thinking about this story for ages after I read it, it s one I think everyone should read.Each story in this collection is brilliant, and the joy of the book is that everyone who reads it will connect to something different in it depending on their own life or their emotions at the time There is real power in this collection as a whole, but also in each individual story It s a wonderful book that can make you read one story and connect so closely with the character, and then the next story you perhaps haven t had the experience but you feel like you re standing with that woman and that you can better understand the women in your life that have had the particular experience It feels like a book to treasure, and I know that I will read this book again and again Perhaps when I need a boost I will return to a particular story and remind myself that I am woman, hear me roar I ve already sent a copy of this book to my oldest friend and I know I will be buying copies for other people for Christmas this year I urge you to grab a copy and read it, it really is an incredible collection Roar is a thought provoking, empowering and beautifully written book and I adored every single minute that I spent reading it flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 15, 2018 Gem Bee rated it it was amazing review of another edition Each chapter is a short story of varying length that often takes a whimsical or even absurd twist, very cleverly done, to convey allegories of common phrases and realities of women throughout their lives such as being eaten up by Mum guilt, gender policing, access to birth control, or wanting the ground to swallow you up after humiliation.These stories are modern day parables for women All women Older women, trans women, Mums, married women, refugee women, grieving women, daughters, su Each chapter is a short story of varying length that often takes a whimsical or even absurd twist, very cleverly done, to convey allegories of common phrases and realities of women throughout their lives such as being eaten up by Mum guilt, gender policing, access to birth control, or wanting the ground to swallow you up after humiliation.These stories are modern day parables for women All women Older women, trans women, Mums, married women, refugee women, grieving women, daughters, successful women, women who make unpopular decisions, etc.I think the interesting thing about these stories are that they will resonate differently with you depending on your life experiences and what stage in life you are, but there will, I guarantee, be at least one story that hits you hardar bookThere were several favourite chapters of mine The Woman Who Wore Pink, The Woman Who Spoke Woman, The Woman Who Found The World In Her Oyster, The Woman Who Was Pigeonholed, and The Woman Who Ate Photographs This final one I recommend to any parents watching their kids grow and feeling that tug between holding them tightly and letting them go welled up just writing that let alone reading the chapter The writing and the way significant, current issues are interwoven through the stories, presented from a woman s perspective, was both emotive and powerful As with most feminist literature, this isn t packed full of ways that men are horrid quite the opposite in many of the stories , it simply presents the reality of situations from alternative perspectives and with wit, satire and intuition.This is definitely a book both women and men need to read I truly adored it.Also, a TV series focusing on the stories within this book is in production so it s my top tip to be the next Big Little Lies particularly as Nicole Kidman is one of the producers.Read all my reviews here flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 13, 2018 Sara Oxton rated it it was amazing review of another edition Roar by Cecelia Ahearn a five star read you will want to shout from the roof tops What a collection of stories, I hadn t read the blurb before I started this story I was just like Cecelia Ahearn I need to read this now, so I was a little confused at first, but then I realised what it was, and I was blown away by the power of the words included in this compelling read Each story tells a unique perspective I read this between several others so each story was new to me, and I enjoyed it that way, Roar by Cecelia Ahearn a five star read you will want to shout from the roof tops What a collection of stories, I hadn t read the blurb before I started this story I was just like Cecelia Ahearn I need to read this now, so I was a little confused at first, but then I realised what it was, and I was blown away by the power of the words included in this compelling read Each story tells a unique perspective I read this between several others so each story was new to me, and I enjoyed it that way, I do think if you sat and read it like I normally read in one sitting it would be a little heavy, but reading each story individually brings a freshness to it You need this book in your life, this author has a way with words that will mystify and astound you, sucking you into the story so hard that you won t ever want to leave flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Morgan rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 5 Full review can be found at received this book in exchange for an honest review from Harper Collins Canada, so thank you I will say that this was quite the interesting book that I ve read, and honestly I have a lot of mixed feelings about it, I m not even sure where to beginSo from the beginning, you ve already gathered that you have thirty stories from thirty different women who end up going through or overcoming some sort of obstacle that in actua 3.5 5 Full review can be found at received this book in exchange for an honest review from Harper Collins Canada, so thank you I will say that this was quite the interesting book that I ve read, and honestly I have a lot of mixed feelings about it, I m not even sure where to beginSo from the beginning, you ve already gathered that you have thirty stories from thirty different women who end up going through or overcoming some sort of obstacle that in actuality is the very real thing that we are dealing with in society Personally I really do like the idea that although these stories may seem silly, there is clearly a story underneath it all I felt like they really could relate to the everyday woman or the thoughts that all women have daily in some form or another.Honestly this just wasn t for me It was entertaining, however I found myself struggling to get through some of it because I wasn t really enjoying a whole lot On the literature aspect, this was great, but on actual enjoyment, I wasn t feeling any of itOverall, this was an interesting novel There were parts that really played into society, social media, and what women feel, think and are dealing with daily, but I just couldn t fully get into the novel and enjoy it There was something that was making it feel in the aspect of telling a story to shock people with pretty much what seems like reality, instead of entertainment That being said, it doesn t mean that someone else might enjoy this This is just my opinion in the story, but I know at the end this is all about bringing so many different women together who are all going through their own things, doing their own thing, and honestly it was a creative take on it all flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Janille N G rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves short stories You can find photos like this one on my bookstagram, Emerald Opal.I have to start this review with a disclaimer The opinions that follow are simply my opinions about the short story collection Roar by Cecelia Ahern If you particularly liked this collection, you may not enjoy this review.I seriously considered not posting a review of Roar because, to be honest, I don t have much that s nice to say about it Roar is a short story collection that I can understand why a lot of people You can find photos like this one on my bookstagram, Emerald Opal.I have to start this review with a disclaimer The opinions that follow are simply my opinions about the short story collection Roar by Cecelia Ahern If you particularly liked this collection, you may not enjoy this review.I seriously considered not posting a review of Roar because, to be honest, I don t have much that s nice to say about it Roar is a short story collection that I can understand why a lot of people like, particularly at this moment in history The collection contains thirty stories about women and each one plays on a popular turn of phrase, image or metaphor There is the woman who thinks her mirror is broken because she looks aged in it There is the immigrant woman who literally grows wings and flies away, finally free There is the woman whose husband keeps her on a shelf for the world to see and admire but not interact with These ideas are certainly relevant, and Ahern plays on societal concerns that are on everyone s minds and makes them into fairytales full of magical realism.However, in my opinion, Ahern doesn t do social commentary very well While her stories make sense, they are not creative and they are, ultimately, very silly These common phrases or metaphors, such as wanting to fall into a hole and die when something embarrassing happens, are definitely used in common speech on a daily basis, but they don t make for good or interesting fiction Each of these stories is full of oversimplification and they border on the nonsensical While magical realism is meant to be a bit outlandish, Ahern s tales are downright ridiculous, and I found myself laughing every so often at how absurd and literal they are Everything is just too on the nose and it gets to be very annoying and irritating very quickly.What s , Ahern spends a lot of her time pandering to her reader Her stories are simplistic enough that they hardly need explanation, but Ahern still feels the need to spell out exactly what each symbol means in detail When a woman has bite marks spontaneously appear on her skin in one story, after returning to work from maternity leave, it seems unnecessary to be given a sentence like, The guilt was, quite literally, eating her alive , italics and all And yet, Ahern constantly offers these analyses of her own stories, and it made me feel as though I was being talked down to or not being trusted to draw my own conclusions and insights from this fiction There are such wonderful female short story writers out there like Alice Munro and Mavis Gallant who write about women being trapped in their hometowns or about women feeling displaced and exiled in ways that are subtle and nuanced Ahern doesn t do this at all, and I personally found that her stories came across as childish and unsophisticated because of it.Don t get me wrong, there was one story I sort of liked The Woman Who Forgot Her Name but one story out of thirty isn t at all what I was hoping for In the end, I got very clearly what Ahern was trying to dobut I wished she had tried harder to do it better out of 5 flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Dec 27, 2018 Hannah rated it it was amazing I really, really liked this book Do I feel a little self indulgent saying that Absolutely, but this was very enjoyable and I raced through it Roar is a collection of thirty short stories about women, and what it means to be a woman in today s world Some or old, young, single, married, childless or devoted mothers and each has some problem she has to face This is very feel good without being saccharine, and there is a diverse range of women featured I especially liked this, because so o I really, really liked this book Do I feel a little self indulgent saying that Absolutely, but this was very enjoyable and I raced through it Roar is a collection of thirty short stories about women, and what it means to be a woman in today s world Some or old, young, single, married, childless or devoted mothers and each has some problem she has to face This is very feel good without being saccharine, and there is a diverse range of women featured I especially liked this, because so often feminist works can feel like they re just putting on a show And maybe there was some of that in here, but I definitely appreciated effort made And as silly as it sounds, reading these did pump me up The I am woman, hear me roar was apt One interesting convention of the collection was that each title was something along the lines of The Woman Who and instead of offering us a name, it was just the woman or she I think that made it relatable, as well.If you re looking for a feel good collection of feminist short stories that are quick and easy to read, I would recommend this flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Scatterbooker rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 4 stars, short stories, feminism, harpercollins I m here, I m here, I m here I was intrigued by the idea behind Cecelia Ahern s book of thirty feminist short stories about thirty women The book swag that came with it was also a lovely surprise Each story involves a different woman who is undergoing an issue that makes them feel uncomfortable, undecided, or angry told from a feminist perspective In short, all the women in these stories want to roar The main idea behind these stories is wonderfully original, as they are told through allegori I m here, I m here, I m here I was intrigued by the idea behind Cecelia Ahern s book of thirty feminist short stories about thirty women The book swag that came with it was also a lovely surprise Each story involves a different woman who is undergoing an issue that makes them feel uncomfortable, undecided, or angry told from a feminist perspective In short, all the women in these stories want to roar The main idea behind these stories is wonderfully original, as they are told through allegories Some of the situations are really quite outlandish, but they mostly managed to ring quite true.I found myself able to relate to many of the characters and the universal everyday issues they experienced as women struggling to have it all, as we do often do in this day and age None of the main characters were given names, and I felt this was a nice touch that really made the women feel like every woman ROAR is a refreshing and creative take on feminism I did feel that it became somewhat repetitive, but the ideas behind it are fascinating 4 stars Originally posted at flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Elaine rated it it was ok review of another edition This collection certainly deserves its title It roars out its anger, its frustration, its injustice, but also its love, its humanity, and its sisterhood There is nothing subtle about the message in each story and, on the whole, I think I would have preferred it to be a little less direct I understood that the woman was fading away because society had devalued her I understood that the woman was eating herself up with guilt because she couldn t be all things to all people all of the time I u This collection certainly deserves its title It roars out its anger, its frustration, its injustice, but also its love, its humanity, and its sisterhood There is nothing subtle about the message in each story and, on the whole, I think I would have preferred it to be a little less direct I understood that the woman was fading away because society had devalued her I understood that the woman was eating herself up with guilt because she couldn t be all things to all people all of the time I understood that the woman was so busy trying to hold on to memories of the past that she was missing out on the memories being made in the present I understood that the woman was grateful for help when she needed it but didn t need it just because she was a woman And the same is true for the rest of the stories as well the moral of the story is in evidence throughout the text, it doesn t need to be explicitly stated I found myself muttering, Ok I get it too often.Most of the stories fall under the magical realism genre, so if you re not a fan of that, I would suggest choosing something else to read flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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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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    1. 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 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 to I [...]


    2. 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 Ce [...]


    3. 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 ROAR i [...]


    4. 3.5 starsRoar 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 3.5 [...]


    5. 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 I [...]


    6. 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 feelings, for example, The Woman Who Was Swallowed Up By The [...]


    7. 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 i rea [...]


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