Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Title: Milk and Honey
Illustrator: Rupi Kaur
Publisher:  Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pages: 208
Genres: Poetry
Source: Review copy from Socialbookco

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

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.



Disclaimer
My copy was sent to me for review by the Socialbookco. For those who do not know, Socialbookco is a brilliant website for book lovers and casual readers alike; that offers a handy book price comparison to help you find the cheapest offer, more conveniently. If you would like to buy the book using my affiliate link, feel free to do so. I receive a small commission on each purchase. All thoughts and opinions stated in this review are my own.

I feel like I have to start this review by saying that I am not generally a poetry reader. However, in school I loved reading and studying classic poetry so I really wanted to try and read something with more of modern and contemporary feel. Milk and Honey was just the perfect book for me to read as an introduction back into poetry. It was so profound and so moving that I was actually reduced to tears a couple of times.

This poetry collection explores themes of femininity, love, loss, abuse, violence, and many more. I guarantee there will be something in this collection that every reader can relate to in some way. Despite the melancholic nature of many of the poems, there is an underlying bittersweet feeling. Despite all the trauma that Rupi Kaur experienced, there is still a lot of joy, hope and healing. I really loved this book, some of the poems spoke directly to my soul and it was like I could have written this book. It was just an amazing reading experience.

The book has four chapters: ‘the hurting’, ‘the loving’, ‘the breaking’, and ‘the healing’. I found ‘the hurting’ and ‘the healing’ the most impactful. Rupi Kaur’s poetry is so raw and so simple, many of the poems are only a handful of lines. There are also line drawings to illustrate many of the poems which added a lot of visual impact, and really added to the reading experience. I loved the black and white colour scheme, visually representing a sense of yin and yang or good and bad.

I highly recommend Milk and Honey to lovers of poetry and newbies alike. I think this collection is especially good for those who (like myself), haven’t read much poetry since school. There is something in this book that will resonate with everybody.

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