Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: Book Review

By Kimberly Garcia
Blog Content Contributor

I don’t usually read as much I would like, but after a trip to Barnes and Noble I noticed the book, Milk and Honey, that seemed to follow me all through the store. My friend suggested I buy it since it was on every shelf I turned to. I decided against it that day and we left. Less than a week later, I kept thinking about it and decided that I would get it the next time I saw it. I had to wait a good month until I was finally able to begin reading it.

It’s broken up into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. The author mentions that this book is the path she’s taken up to when she was 21 years old. I thought this book was powerful and honest. Kaur has the ability to leave an impact on the reader with just a couple of words.  

The hurting focuses on her experience with men that are older than her. She writes about how she was impacted by outside perspectives that have held her back from speaking her truth and allowing her to exist freely. Some of the situations that she mentions are raw and tough. She conveys her pain effectively to the reader by writing about events that are personal to her and what she has learned as a result of her experiences.

The loving is about her romantic relationships she has had, and the joy and pride that her lovers brought to her. One of the biggest things I can appreciate about her writing is that as much as she hurts she loves, and I think that her ability to make the reader feel like they too are in love is extraordinary. The breaking and the healing follow in the other parts’ formats, but instead of relationships with others it’s more about her relationship with herself. She elegantly writes about her overall development as a poet, and as a person. She writes about encouraging herself to move on, and guides the reader through her journey of finding peace.

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This was one of my favorite poems in the book because she reminds young writers about being proud of their work because it is their own truth and not someone else’s. Photo by Kimberly Garcia.

I really loved this book and its ability to engage the reader in through provoking ideas and philosophies that Rupi Kaur believes in. It has encouraged me to make more time for reading, especially poetry. Her authenticity is apparent throughout the book and leaves the reader satisfied with where she paused her journey for this book. I strongly suggest that anyone who is in need of a good read to pick up Milk and Honey because of its short but strong way with words.

Featured image by Kimberly Garcia.

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