Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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This heartfelt collection of poems hit the shelves November of 2014. I saw milk and honey in the store and decided to embrace my poetic side and purchase it. Needless to say, I was baffled with what I found folded into the pages. I was expecting an inspirational slightly tacky read much like how I viewed poetry prior to this. What I found was vulnerability, startling bluntness, and a pure and raw story laced into the pages of Rupi Kaur's poetry.

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            Kaur breaks her book into four parts; the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. The poems open in a bit of a dark aura. The hurting depicts the author’s experiences with sexual assault and the struggles of overcoming family issues. This section is a bit chilling and I found difficulty reading some of the poems. I found this part very comparable to the new series “Thirteen Reasons Why.”

            The next section, the loving, is a more uplifting read. The poems are sweet and idealistic. These are the ones that couples want to read to remind themselves of why they are still together. I liked these poems and posted a few due to my connection with them.

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            The breaking returned us to a darker place in Kaur’s life. Any girl that has ever endured a break up after a long term relationship could find a relatable poem in this section. I found myself back in sophomore year trying to get over some asshole that broke my heart. While these poems were sad, they were also very realistic and relatable.

            The last section of milk and honey accomplished exactly what I think the author was aiming for. These poems empowered women to embrace themselves and to value who they are regardless of the turmoil they have endured. I would recommend this section to anyone going through a break up or just yearning for some comfort.

            Overall I really enjoyed this compilation of poems and have already lent the book to a number of my friends that I feel could benefit from this book.