Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Synopsis: 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.
Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Trigger Warnings for: Rape; Sexual Assault; Abuse; Depression; Addiction; Alcoholism
- Refreshing honesty
- Deeply personal
- Therapeutic after the first chapter
- Very emotional
- The importance of self-love is emphasized
- Some poems or prose can be cliche
- Quick read
- Not suitable for all ages *Personal recommendation is 14 & up
*Warning: May contain spoilers.
One of my closest friends recommended me this book. As soon as I heard it was a poetry book, I was immediately hesitant to read it. Poetry can be very touchy and I either love it or hate it.
In all honesty, I ended up reading the book because I heard a woman of color wrote it and I wanted to support her. You’ll soon learn, I do that a lot.
milk and honey is abook divided into four parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. The first chapter, the hurting is the section where almost all the trigger warnings are applied to, but references of certain topics do come up again. The second chapter, the loving is focused on sex, women’s capabilities, lust, and love. The third chapter, the breaking addresses heartbreak, depression, the importance of self-love, abuse, and self-doubt. The final chapter, the healing focuses on becoming the best version of yourself, growing as a person through acceptance and kindness, feminism, healing from depression, loving your body, women of color, and more.
Kaur instantly draws you in with raw, extremely personal and honest poems. Some parts can be quite graphic, so please beware. The author will make you want to read about the journey of pain, healing, acceptance, and self-love. As cliche as that sounded, please don’t let that deter you from this book.
It is a book full of poems and prose, but it is amazing to be able to read writing that says so much with so little. Five words can bring you to another universe. As someone who’s dealt with depression, body issues, and is still continuing to grow as a person today, I wish I discovered this book earlier in my life.
Final Verdict: READ IT
“You tell me to quiet down cause my opinions make me less beautiful.”
“Do not question whether you were enough.”
“Stay strong through your pain, grow flowers from it.”
“My issue with what they consider beautiful is their concept of beauty centers around excluding people.”