‘Roar’ by Cecelia Ahern

Roar: Uplifting. Intriguing. Thirty short stories from the Sunday Times bestselling author by [Ahern, Cecelia]


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 Exchanged her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength; each realizes she holds the power to make a change.

Witty, tender, surprising, these keenly observed tales speak to us all, and capture the moment when we all want to roar.


My Review

I have read a couple of Cecelia’s books and really enjoyed them.  When I was asked if I would like to review Cecelia’s new book ‘Roar’, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.  Usually I read full length novels so reading ‘Roar’ is a departure from the norm for me but as they say a change is as good as a rest.  ‘Roar’ is a collection of 30 short stories about 30 women.  I couldn’t wait to dive in to start reading.  Well I have to say that I really, really enjoyed reading it but more about that in a bit.

It would be unfair for me to single out any one short story for a more detailed review.  As a whole the stories are always brief (I know hence the name short story), to the point, emotive and have the underlying message that you shouldn’t hide your light under a bushel, you should just get out there, find a life for yourself and live your life as you want to live it and not live it how other people think you should.  I’m not sure if they are the messages that the author wanted to get across but it’s what I have taken away.

The author’s writing style is such that she grabs your attention from the word go and her writing casts a spell over you.  By that I mean that she keeps your attention until the moment you close the book.  I binge read the book over a couple of days and it so worked.  I was so taken by the wide variety of stories and the characters within that I found it extremely hard to put the book down.  My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it came everywhere with me.  The stories do contain some tough topics but Cecelia writes about them in a sensitive and compassionate way.  She uses such vivid descriptions that I got a real sense of exactly how the female characters felt.  Every emotion that they went through, I found myself going through.  I also found that I was drawing parallels between my own life/ situation and those that faced the women in the book.

In short, Cecelia has another sure fire bestseller on her hands with ‘Roar’.  I admit that before I picked the book up I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy a book full of short stories but I am pleased to say that I was so wrong.  I absolutely loved reading it and I would definitely recommend that you read it.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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