Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur



#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

My Thoughts

I remember when this book came out, it seemed that everybody and their mother loved it. I mean I would see screencaps everywhere I turned, people were singing Rupi Kaur’s praises and honestly the excerpts backed it up. So of course, I had read this collection of poetry.

And let me tell you, it was extremely overhyped.

This collection is split Into four sections: The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and the Healing. I guess it’s fitting my because It took me four months to finish it.

I’m going to be completely honest. “The hurting” was the strongest section of the whole entire book, and I would recommend this book just for that section alone. It was raw, honest, and heartbreaking. I mean this section had me hurting. It was a painful look into the author’s life and personal experiences and relationships. It was gorgeous and heartbreaking at the same time. Truly, if this book ended after this section I would give it a million stars. But it didn’t and everything after it, didn’t stand up to the raw beauty of this first section.

“The loving” was good but not as strong as the previous section, but still worth reading. There were only eight poems in that section that really stood out to me, everything else just didn’t hold up. But at the same time it’s a much stronger and interesting section than the last two, but pales when compared to “the hurting”.

Everything after “the loving” is repetitive and lousy in my opinion. It’s annoying to read the same thing over and over again. Like I get it, I have to love myself and shave my hair only if I want too, those thing really didn’t need to be said more than once.

In the end, Rupi Kaur’s debut collection did not live up to all hype and ended up being a very disappointing and laborious read for me. I hear her second collection is leaps and bounds better though, so maybe I’ll check it out sometime.

3 stars


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