So I came across this book on Book Depository under the Bestseller section, and being my usual aesthete self, how can I not be attracted to this beautiful book cover, like how. I've also seen this book floating around the internet for quite some time now, this book is pretty hyped by a lot of people I believe, so I bought my own copy, read it, and here's my review on the book.
P.s. This is my first poetry book that I've ever read, so bear that in mind as you read the rest of the review because I might be a little inaccurate, after all this is my very first poetry book so yep, onto the review.
Okay, milk and honey is a poetry book written by Rupi Kaur, a Punjabi woman who is now living in Toronto. This book is divided into 4 chapters: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. So Rupi Kaur takes us on a bitter journey through her life with the essence of rape, abuse, femininity, trauma, love and loss. Between each pages are the little illustrations that are like icing to the cake, it brings so much life to those poems which excites me a lot. (#teamaesthete) I truly admire her bravery for finding the courage to write and share her bitter past to the world especially because she is a Punjabi women. She had turned her sufferings and trauma into a ton of really positive messages in the book, emphasizing on how women should love their body, stand up for themselves in times of difficulties and most importantly spread words of kindness instead of negativity which I really respect.
I mean this is really a good book, but a part of me is wishing it to be better in relative to the hype that it is getting. I don't know if it's me or that poetry books are meant to be like this, but I feel like I am not getting the number of poems that I paid for... does it make sense? Like some of the pages literally only have like 2 sentences, and it doesn't even sound like a poem. Some pages are just filled with a few words linking to another page to form one complete poem, which honestly makes me feel like it is such a waste of paper. Like as if I'm paying for the paper, not so much for the poems that I'm getting you know.
And some of the contents are not as refreshing as I thought it would be; a few poems in the book have already been seen around social media long before the book was published, so I don't really get the 'wow' factor as I read the book. It's like I've seen this particular poem being reblogged so many times on Tumblr and Twitter that when I see in the book, it's just not as overwhelming anymore you know what I'm saying. But don't get me wrong, there are some poems there that blew my mind as well.
This book was $14.00 when I bought it, Book Depository is currently having a sale and is selling it at a cheaper price now at $11.64 (?), so you can check it out here.
Besides that, overall I would say that it is a great book that I would recommend, especially to girls/women who are going through a tough time in their lives. My favourite chapter(s) would have to be the hurting and the healing, some of the poems there really did touched my heart and gave me the chills. I also love how sincere the author's writing style is, if you noticed, all the words including the book title and the author's name are all written in small caps, which sort of gives the book a fresh unique style.
So there you go, my humble review of milk and honey by Rupi Kaur. I am such a fan of Rupi Kaur, this girl, is so beautiful, I've watched the video of her talking about the release of her own book, and it's so beautiful and inspiring :')
I will link the video down below so go watch it! And thank you for making to the end of the post :')