Review :: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

book-info-2Title: milk and honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre: Poetry, Non-Fiction
Edition Read: Audio
Pages: 204
Publisher: Createspace (Nov. 4, 2014)
Date Read: 12/11/2016

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milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split 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.


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Being a bit hesitant about poetry, for a while I skipped out on reading this book, regardless of some of the four and five star ratings it had received. Poetry has never really been my cup of tea, so anytime I see a book of poems I immediately turn my nose up and move on. This book, though… this book has given me a completely different outlook on the genre.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first started milk and honey. I already had my heart set on not enjoying it, which was totally biased of me and I’m ashamed to have felt that way because I ended up feeling the total opposite. I adored this book! milk and honey is about a woman’s struggle for survival. It is full of heartbreak, pain and love, and will have you in tears before it’s over.

The stories inside this book really struck a chord with me. The author tells us of her experiences with rape and molestation, along with many more sensitive topics. Her words reached deep inside me and strummed on my emotions like a harp. I can only imagine what this woman has been through in her life, and for her to have the strength to face those demons with these beautiful, yet painful, words is absolutely amazing to me.

I happened upon this audiobook as I was looking for a quick read while on a short drive and I think choosing this version of the book played a huge part in my feelings for it. With me being brand new to poetry, I can almost guarantee you that I would’ve had no clue how to read these poems… meaning I wouldn’t have understood them as well I did. Listening to the author speak to us through her poetry brought tears to my eyes and an ache in my soul.

This was my first experience with poetry, but in no way will it be my last. I have no regrets about taking the time out to read this book, and neither will you if you give it a chance. milk and honey is moving and poignant, and if you only read one piece of poetry in your life… this needs to be it.


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66 thoughts on “Review :: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

  1. fantastic review , Personally I am not a Poem person . But you did say you weren’t one either and yet enjoyed it . So maybe I’ll keep this on the back of my mind and recommend this book to people who I know like stuff such as these

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  2. I have a long running love hate relationship with poetry lol. Literally tho! There is no gray area for me. I either fall completely head over heals for a poem OR I Wana puke on the page…. Ill have to give this one a shot!! 🙂

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  3. I usually love poetry but this didn’t really do anything for me. I think it mainly comes down to the style of Kaur’s writing and the way she structures her poems because it was all over the place and sometimes not very clear for me. Personally I think I’d rather stick to more classic poetry but it was good to give this a try.

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    1. Sorry you didn’t like it! I probably would have felt the same if I had read it instead of listening to it. But having her read it to me the proper way it is supposed to be read and paced, worked out well for me. I don’t think it would have worked so well if I’d read it myself.

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  4. Poetry class made me hate it, but I have heard so many awesome things about this book that I had to buy it. I hope to read it next month. I always dread poetry because I associated it with intricate sentences and boring interpretations, but this one sounds different 🙂

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  5. I’m so glad you brought this up, I saw a review on this a while ago and really wanted to read it. I forgot to add it to my TBR list then couldn’t remember the title or the author or anything. I haven’t ever been big into poetry but I have recently read a couple of good ones that makes me want to read some more. Venture out from my comfort zone. If you are interested in trying another one I would recommend The Prophen by Kahlil Gibran.

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  6. I’ve always had an issue with poems back in high school cause of the number of DIFFERENT ways a person could understand them. I do think I need to revisit them now, since I’ve changed A LOT since being a teenager. This is one of those poem collections that really did show me how much power poems can have (I haven’t read it entirely, just segments). Great review though! Hope you do find yourself new poems to check out and enjoy as much as this. 🙂

    – Lashaan

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  7. I’ve heard so many great things about this one and also another poetry book whose name escapes my mind at the moment. I’ve always been a big fan of free verse poetry. Which is the style I think this one is written in, I could be wrong about that though. Either way, this really does seem like a powerful and important book. I definitely plan on reading it sometime next year. Great review, Megan! 😊♥

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  8. I tend to not like poetry, and I tend to not like math, but I found a book of poetry called Alphabet by Inger Christensen who use a math formula to construct poems, and I loved it! I think my happiness stemmed from being able to understand the math formula, which then gave me a sense of connection with the poems, rather than the typical floundering I see (in my opinion) in poems.

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    1. It was brilliant! Truly. I don’t do poetry either… this is my first time reading poetry probably since I was in high school. Maybe 10 years ago. But this, this right here, is a book that needs to be read by everyone. Seriously!! ❤❤❤

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