you are your own soul mate // Mini Review: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and HoneyGenre: Poetry
Date Published: October 6th 2015
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Pages: 208
Buy: Amazon // Book Depository // Andrews McMeel
Australian: Angus & Robertson // Booktopia
Follow Rupi Kaur on Twitter

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.

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I’m speechless.

I don’t know how to write a review for this collection of poetry that can adequately describe the journey of heartache and inspiration that you go on. To be honest, I’m making this post more as a gush fest because I need to share how this poetry collection made me feel thousands of indescribable emotions.

I found this book from a post that Lindsey @ A Piece of Paradis made and I’m so glad I decided to read this because I honestly feel like my life is changed. I understand how dramatic that sounds, but Rupi’s words burned their way into my soul and they have made an imprint on my heart that will stay with me forever.

milk and honey is told in four parts – hurtinglovingbreaking and finally healing. It’s a raw and honest emotional roller coaster from the very first poem. I was in tears from the start to the finish. There were actual tear drops on my Kindle. I felt every emotion Rupi was pouring out. I connected to so many lines and verses. There is nothing like someone putting exactly how you feel into words. Honestly, just thinking about this book now and re-reading the highlights in my Kindle is making me want to tear up. I was crying whilst writing my brief Goodreads review.

This poetry collections deals with some triggering, but important subjects such as sexual assault, in a direct way that is needed given the prominence of rape culture in society. If you can read about those topics then I highly recommend you pick this up. Rupi also makes note of feminism, relationships and being a women of colour (Rupi is a WOC herself).

As I mentioned above a review wouldn’t do this collection justice so instead I’m just going to share some of my favourites (it was hard not to list the entire book) and beg that you please, please, PLEASE read this. I completely understand that poetry isn’t for everyone, but please give this a chance because I think you’ll still love it no matter what your stance is. It’s such a quick and hard hitting read.

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the idea of shrinking is hereditary is the one that hit me the absolute hardest. I cried for about ten minutes. Also, you can find the majority of these poems (for free) on Rupi’s Instagram.

This is honestly something I’m going to read repeatedly and will still be able to feel the heart wrenching emotion like it’s the first time.

My Rating: ★★★★★


If you’ve read or are planning to read milk and honey I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you’ve read it what was your favourite poem?

Hope you’re all having a beautiful day xx

 

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39 thoughts on “you are your own soul mate // Mini Review: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

  1. I’ve been thinking of reading this for a while now because I really want to read more poetry, and your review has completely sold me on it, so thank you! I’ll definitely be picking it up soon 🙂

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  2. I really want to read this book! I’ve been eyeing it for so long, and it’s actually in my Wordery basket. Hopefully soon I will buy it! I’ve never read a poetry book before, so this will be my first, but I know I will love it. It sounds so important and emotional, and the author sounds inspirational! ❤

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    1. It’s such a beautiful book! I’m no poetry expert – I’ve only read like 2 or 3 collections, haha, but I feel like this would be an amazing place to start for anyone who’s new to the genre! I hope you enjoy it when you read it 😊

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  3. I saw a few of the pics you posted on Twitter and I think the writing style is not really for me – it sounds a bit too direct, not lyrical enough. But I still wanna read the whole thing myself and see what I think. 😊

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    1. Ahh, okay. It’s weird because I love lyrical writing in books, but I think this is my preferred style of poetry haha. Although, I have only read like 3 poetry collections so I’m still really new to the genre and what I like. When you get around to reading it I hope you find it okay 😊

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  4. I follow Rupi on Instagram, and her poems are honestly so amazing. I haven’t read milk and honey yet, but I really need to soon. I need to prepare for it emotionally.

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  5. I haven’t read a collection of poetry in ages, not since I was taking English in sixth form, but I’ve always loved it. And this collection seems pretty amazing as well, the pictures you posted are so beautiful it’s made me want to pick up this book myself.
    Great review Lauren! 😀

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      1. That’s all right 😀 I kind of feel the same way, I really need to start reading more poetry because I see short ones on Tumblr and honestly I just really love them! I have a lot saved on my computer to go back to every so often! 😀

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  6. Let’s talk about those illustrations though, they were also amazing and went beautifully with the poems.
    I couldn’t pick a favorite poem, but all the ones you chose are ones that I loved too.
    I hope others pick the book by reading your review ❤

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  7. Oh gosh, hun! This sounds amazing, and I loved all the ones you picked. I need to read this. But now I want to get a paperback copy of it! But I also want to read it right now! What do I doooo?!
    Thanks for sharing! ❤

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