Hey everyone! I know I said that I would post at least once every two weeks, but today when I finally had the chance to write a post, I realized that it had been almost a month since I last posted. Whoops. Anyway, I’m not sure if I can commit to a solid schedule for this blog due to other commitments, but I guess you should expect sporadic posts at least once a month?
Alrighty, let’s get on with the review!
Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre & Age Group: Poetry, feminism, non-fiction
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split 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.
This book is honestly an aesthetic. Even teens my age who aren’t big readers have been picking this one up, showcasing it on their Instagram and VSCO pages for its beautiful poems and aesthetic features, such as its little artsy diagrams inside. After seeing picture after picture of this book on social media and hearing good things about it within the blogosphere, I decided to join in on the hype and see what this book was all about, so I fetched myself a copy. To keep it brief, I find myself nodding in agreement with everything positive that people say about this beautiful book, and I will not hesitate to pick up more of Rupi Kaur’s gorgeous writings!
For me, this book was a tad of a leap outside of my comfort zone- I am used to mainly reading fluffy contemporary stories that do not dwell on deep societal and psychological issues, and I am definitely not used to poetic prose. However, I do not regret stepping outside of my comfort zone for this book in the least. Milk and Honey opened my eyes to so many thoughts I never even knew I had about society and my own self, and books that teach me new things are beautiful creatures.
“we are all born so beautiful
the greatest tragedy is being convinced we are not” (Kaur)
If you are looking for a book to fuel your inspirations, then let this one be it. Many poems in Milk and Honey chronicle author Rupi Kaur going through hardships in her life, be it pain, heartache, abuse, or family troubles, but one of her main focuses is the fact that all negative situations can be turned into positive ones through the life lessons learned. This book inspires readers to turn lemons into lemonade, and to turn honey into honeydew
(alright, maybe that’s little over the top)? Another valuable lesson readers can take from this book is to do unto others as you would like done to yourself- Kaur explores the balance between being selfless and selfish, which is a quite important subject that should be explored more in society today.
“i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut” (Kaur)
Overall, Milk and Honey was a beautiful read with a gorgeous prose, impeccable writing style, and meaningful themes ranging from loyalty, to self-appreciation, to treating others with respect. Though the themes are mature and may go over the heads of tweens and younger teens, I would not hesitate to recommend this precious book to older teens and young adults, who will be able to appreciate it for the deep beauty it really is.