milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
Published by Createspace on November 4, 2014
Genres: [Adult] Nonfiction, Poetry, Feminism
Pages: 204
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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3.5 Stars, Completed July 29, 2017

– SPOILER free –

Milk and honey is a book I’ve wanted to pick up for some time now.
I‘ve noticed it around the blogosphere, bookstagram, and Goodreads.
Literally at every bookstore I’ve visited the last couple of months, this would be advertised as the #1 bestseller.
Knowing that there was immense popularity surrounding milk and honey, I was wary.

And so today I decided to take a chance and settled in my reading nook to finally see what the hype was about.
Now, I understand why many love milk and honey.
Despite this statement though, I’m going to have to admit that I, personally, did find it to be slightly underwhelming honestly.

Hence why I couldn’t give this a full 5 stars.
Of course the prose and illustrations were aesthetically pleasing, and there were many pieces that moved and even resonated with me.
Not to mention, I was 100% on board with Rupi Kaur’s beliefs and intent the entire way.
Even though the writer’s/poet’s/artist’s passion is very apparent and her artful pieces can speak to readers, the fact that this was written in the form of poetry just probably wasn’t for me.
Yes, this book is raw, beautiful, and powerful, but it isn’t one that can convert non-poetry fans to ones that like poetry as I was secretly hoping.

TL;DR: There was certainly an allure while reading milk and honey because of the messages Kaur conveys within the pages, but overall this book as a whole itself didn’t live up to my expectations. Poetry might just be something I’ll never grow to appreciate, I guess. Therefore, for me, milk and honey felt both disconnected yet connected at the same time, as contradicting as that sounds. (Disjointing because of the style but cohesive with the ideologies and politics, if that makes sense.)

And indeed, I did choose to write my review in an (extremely elementary) acrostic poem this time. (Although, I’m quite pleased with it seeing as I’m not at all a poet. Hah.)


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6 thoughts on “milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

  1. Marie says:

    OH I’m sorry you didn’t love that one as much as everyone else seems to, but it’s refreshing to hear your point of view about this. I’m not much of a poetry reader either so..I don’t know if I’d enjoy that one 🙂

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  2. Lois says:

    I’ve never been one for poetry tbh. Maybe it’s because I spent most of my high school year analyzing the most depressing poems haha. I do see this book pop up every now and then but I’ve never gravitated towards it.

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  3. Michelle 🌈 says:

    I haven’t read this yet, but I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t live up to your expectations! With all the praise it’s good to read a review like yours though, lowers my expectations a bit 🙂

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  4. Zoe says:

    This is such a cool idea for a review! 🙂 I’m sorry it wasn’t absolutely phenomenal, but I’m glad you still enjoyed it regardless. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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