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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  451,204 ratings  ·  32,582 reviews
Milk and honey' is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. 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 ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Createspace
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Julie Cipolla There are zero pages of poetry in this book. There are 208 pages of excerpts from someone's diary, with oddly placed line breaks, occasional doodles a…moreThere are zero pages of poetry in this book. There are 208 pages of excerpts from someone's diary, with oddly placed line breaks, occasional doodles and chapters with theme names, so you'll know which emotions the author is trying to squeeze out of you.(less)
Saffryn The author is writing about experiences that occurred throughout her then-21 years of experience. I believe it to be appropriate for a high school lib…moreThe author is writing about experiences that occurred throughout her then-21 years of experience. I believe it to be appropriate for a high school library, not because they may find the trauma, raw sexuality, and stark feminism shocking...but because they may find it FAMILIAR.

This book is about acknowledging the hurt done to us by ourselves and others, and how to go about healing those hurts. I don't believe that is something that should be censored. (less)

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Miranda Reads
Jan 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Just released my Worst 2020 Books Video - now that you know this one made the list, click the link to find the rest!
The Written Review

ah. i
finally understand.

it's not the words
that matter,
but the spaces

-a slightly sarcastic review -

I'm not normally a poetry person and this book did nothing to convince me otherwise.

This whole book felt like those instagram quotes minus the inspirational photograph. Does that even count?

I admit I'm no expert, but the words seemed more poetical t
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 stars for the beautiful thoughts.

So if I write my review
like this
will it
become poetry?
In my humble opinion
this book is
composed of
extremely beautifully
written lines
but there are very
what i dont
is why
you have to
click the enter key
to make it look
when u can
the same line
same paragraph
same page
why a published book
gives no shit
capitalizing 'i'
beyond me

Consider this line from Milk and Honey:
“you might not have been
Whitney Atkinson
I get likes on this review daily and for a long time i've felt like a 3-star review was too generous so I lowered it to 2 today, which is more accurate in hindsight.

If I could sum up my thoughts about this book, it would just be, "Oh."

Honestly, very underwhelming. I'm not sure why people go crazy about this book and say it's gorgeous and it's their favorite book, because honestly, it's very plain. Some poems are just basic sentences with random skips that have no real point, the
Feb 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read this in a bookshop. I wanted to give it zero stars. It's not poetry. It's shamefully derivitive and doesn't employ any poetic devices except for the most cliched - and not to positive effect. Random line breaks and sentence fragments are used because it is what is expected of a poem, but the author doesn't seem to understand that in poetry, these serve a purpose and must contribute to the poem's larger meaning. The allusions and metaphors are misplaced and nonsensical. "Milk and honey" is ...more
Elle Wilson
Jan 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
While Rupi Kaur seems very passionate and while I agree with her politics, content, and message, that doesn't make this writing very good. Some of the poems are excellent and will draw you in, but mainly, they are very overrated in terms of pure quality. I see why her poems are popular, but not why she's considered a 'great' or 'brilliant' writer. She's addressing universal themes, but she doesn't do so in an especially artful/skilled way. I'd say if you aren't a big fan of poetry, this book cou ...more
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
lol started this forever ago & just now finished it! didn't love this one as much as i was hoping to, but i understand why so many connect to it. i respect the author for being so open and honest about things she's faced. ...more
Gertrude Carrington
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
your poetry
is almost as terrible
as your love life
these poems are just
randomly separated
by hitting enter

or maybe
I just don't get poetry

trigger warnings: rape, abuse
Sep 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horrible-mess
poetry or basic tumblr posts?
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Some people call this poetry. I call it a bunch of pretty quotes from Tumblr or Pinterest or other similar site.

The themes covered are incredibly relevant. And highly emotive which is probably why so many people connect with this collection.
But in my opinion there is a difference in saying/telling what you feel and in writing/showing what you feel. This was a bunch of very quotable quotes about subject matters that need to be explored, and put front and centre into the public mindset, but with
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
2016 was a year of poetry for me. I read more poetry than I ever have before, I wrote more poetry than I knew I was capable of, and I even started performing poetry. Milk and Honey was one of the catalysts for this, written by an author from a town near me, of very similar age to me, powerful and raw, I enjoyed flipping through this and connecting to the poems and illustrations. I like that she shares her poetry online, that a huge part of why they're successful is because of how sharable they a ...more
*laughs awkwardly* That just happened.

If I had known I could write a bestselling book of poetry by putting random thoughts on blank paper and making them look ~pretty,~ I would be a millionaire by now.

i don't understand
the point
of breaking sentences
up like this
for the sake
of wasting paper
and my time

There. Was that poetry? Apparently.

Milk and Honey is supposed to be inspiring and feminist. At least, that's what I read in the synopsis. I picked it up because of the memes, but whatever. It wasn
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Thomas by: Gagan
milk and honey tore through my analytical mind and burrowed deep into my ultra-sensitive soul. It slayed all my emotions, my feminist desires, and my love for vulnerable writing. I may not know a lot about poetry, but I do know a decent amount about feelings, and Rupi Kaur brought all my feelings tumbling out with this gorgeous collection of poems. She writes about love and loss, trauma, and femininity - subjects that I so happen to adore. In spare yet thorough language, she addresses what it fe ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose.

It’s difficult trying to review this because every poem is extremely personal, tender and exquisite in its own way.

So I decided to feature some of my favorite ones:

“you tell me to quiet down cause
my opinions make me less beautiful
but i was not made with a fire in my belly
so i could be p
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

This collection of poems is so deeply honest. It says the words so many of us thought of, but never spoke. You can feel every single drop of feeling that ever ran through the veins and pens of the poet. Yet, not just a poet, but a human being. A woman.

Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: important
“i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut”

Wow. Rupi Kaur really touched me deeply with this incredibly work of art. Her words of truth and honesty are so powerful and so full of emotion, I can't imagine anyone's eyes staying dry while reading it.
A few times, though, I was a little confused, I couldn't comprehend the meaning of her words. The again came a poem about independence, how she was healing from her boyfriend's loss, closely followed by one that showed her hopeless and lost on
April (Aprilius Maximus)
These are
just simple
broken up
with spaces.

Seriously, some of them I was like, I love this! But I didn't view them as poems. They're more like simple quotes. But I get that this is a kind of poetry and people love it, but to me it's just not anything special.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.’

this absolutely stunning collection of words made me look in the mirror, give myself a hug, and just really appreciate the person i was, who i am, and the woman i am becoming. self love is the best kind of love.

5 stars
Jun 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, poetry
This is total tumblr porn. Milk and Honey is pretty much a dream come true for emo fourteen-year-old girls who spend their spare time browsing deep, meaningful quotes written in pretty fonts like this one:


Also: I am going to argue that this is not poetry. Poetry is Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. I know poetry covers a wide range of styles, and I'm not saying free verse isn't poetry. I've read some excellent books by Ellen Hopkins written in free verse, expressing the lives
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a huge poetry person, but I just had to buy this book after hearing so many people talking about it. It didn't disappoint in anyway. The poetry in this book is so raw and beautiful that I related to so many that I kept going back to reread my favorites and highlight and tab them. ...more
Elyse  Walters
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Breathtaking - Brutal - Beautiful

Rupi Kaur's poetry is unlike traditional poetry. For one thing - this small book feels like a graphic poetry novel.
Many of the pages had a familiar 'looking-style' which short poems have....but with the delicate, simple, drawings, I forgot I was reading poetry. The drawings tell a story --we feel the emotions from the them before we even read the words. In essence,
capturing bruises women have experienced.

The book is divided into four sections: hurting, loving,
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry, poetry
To be simply put, this isn't a book meant to be loved or raved about. It is just meant to be read.

I feel as if the people giving it three stars or so went in expecting it to ravish them, thrill them but it was not meant for that. Why on earth would you seek something so much more from a book that was written so truthfully, with feelings so raw that the hurt and the bitterness and the sorrows behind the words will never dull?

This was her story. She isn't asking for you to judge if it's "exciting
Kayla Dawn
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
This read as if 14 year old me wrote this after my first break up
Larry H
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.


I really didn't know what to expect when I picked up Rupi Kaur's exquisite collection of poetry and prose. Poetry is often hit or miss with me—I totally appreciate it as an art form but sometimes I just don't get it. (I'm as creative as the next person, but sometimes my brain is tired and just wants to be told what something means rather than struggle to decode it. Sorry, I'm a Neanderthal.)

Milk and Honey is about happiness and despair, hurt and joy, love and sadness, and findi
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Some of the poetry in the book ripped a hole in my soul.
JV (semi-hiatus)
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: feminism, poetry, 2018
Sigh... I am in the minority once again.

Shoddy execution, bog-standard writing, and frequent enjambment fuse to create an anthology of maudlin proportions whilst exploring love, loss, pain, hope, feminism, and identity. Kaur's themes are of importance, however, this collection didn't live up to my poetical expectations. With all honesty, Kaur is far better than Lang Leav's mawkish and tormenting drivel. Here are a few of Kaur's poems that I found relatable:
"i am a museum full of art
but yo
James Trevino
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maybe I am not the most apt person to give an opinion on this, but I will throw in my 2 cents anyway.

First of all, I can't even remember the last time I read poetry. It is simply not that enjoyable to me. But I picked this up after seeing it on my Instagram feed a couple hundred times. I expected to be easily bored by it, but I read it in one sitting. Not that hard since the book is quite short and has lot of drawings, but still. I was surprised!

Milk and honey may be poetry (for the most part),
Elizabeth Sagan
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
milk and honey makes you grateful for your love of reading because it makes you understand how powerful words can be. It fills you with peace, acceptance and joy. You know that moment when you read something and you think „I needed years and a lot of pain to come to the same conclusion, if only I would have read this book earlier, it tells everything with such clarity”. I will recommend it to anyone who’s sad, depressed, down, heartbroken or lost. Basically the message is accept your flaws, m ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
love is not cruel
we are cruel
love is not a game
we have made a game
out of love

I can't believe it took me so long to finally read this poetry collection, after shivering over so much of Rupi's online poetry snippets over the years, but here we are, and it was... captivating? Painful? Beautiful? Perfect?

what i miss most is how you loved me. but what i didn't know was how you loved me had so much to do with the person i was. it was a reflection of everything i gave to you.

how cruel i was to
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I'm honestly surprised by how popular this book is because not only is it over-hyped, it's just not a very good book at all, in my opinion. The poetry is so cloying and pretentious - just enough "unique" enough to be "special" but vague enough to be relatable. If I had to describe the style, I'd say it's a cross between fortune cookie messages & those weird 3AM posts that one weird friend you have on Face
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As a 21-year-old university student Rupi wrote, illustrated and self-published her first poetry collection, milk and honey. Next came its artistic sibling, the sun and her flowers. These collections have sold over 8 million copies and have been translated into over 42 languages. Her most recent book, home body, debuted #1 on bestsellers lists across the world. Rupi’s work touches on love, loss, tr ...more

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