Books Reviews

Book Review: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

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If this is what heartbreak feels like, then I’m glad I’ve never experienced it because Milk and Honey is a raw book that delves into topics such as heartbreak and self-love as we follow Rupi Kaur through her journey. A quick disclaimer at this point that if you love this book, my review will probably not sit well with you, but either way read on!

Firstly, my exposure to Rupi Kaur’s work has mostly been through Instagram and I am one of those people that obsessively shares her poems all the time! And perhaps the high expectations that I’ve built by reading so many extracts is why the book is a slight let down.

Blurb 

this is the journey of 
surviving through poetry
this is the blood sweat tears 
of twenty-one years 
this is my heart 
in your hands
this is
the hurting 
the loving
the breaking
the healing 

– rupi kaur

The content of Milk and Honey is divided into four sections titled: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. And these sections essentially take you through the different phases of the author’s life. Milk and Honey is incredibly honest and raw as it delves into issues of abandonment, self-love, and heartbreak.  This is a great strength of the book! That it is bold and unapologetic in exploring areas that are left unspoken about due to societal pressures.  But personally, I find that the book festers too much on heartbreak and the dedication of three sections to it means that the book often lacks the range that ‘Salt’ by Nayyirah Waheed has for example. Rupi Kaur is an extremely talented writer and I just wanted the book to examine different aspects of womanhood that wasn’t primarily narrowed to heartbreak or relationships with men. With this being said, there is also a part of me that values artistic authenticity which enables me to understand the necessity of the first three chapters and why it lingers on heartbreak. The fourth section ‘the healing’, which is a highlight is a product of the pain and anguish that comes before.

The Healing is without a doubt my favorite section! It is hard hitting and beautiful, each line striking a chord. It just feels right. This is the content that I expected in the entirety of the book and I look forward to enjoying this section over and over again.

Lastly, the visuals in the book are a nice addition but too graphic at times. It’s a weird comment, but I love how nice and compact the book is!  I didn’t particularly enjoy this book hence the three-star rating but I am looking forward to reading her latest book when it is released.

✯✯✯ – Hit and Miss

how you love yourself is 
how you teach others 
to love you

Guide to Book Review Rating
✯ – Meh
✯✯ – Read at your own risk
✯✯✯ – Hit and Miss
✯✯✯✯- Hooked
✯✯✯✯✯- Life Companion. Thank me later!

Love, 

MuslimGirlJournal 

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