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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.
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published November 4th 2014)
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Melanie 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…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)
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…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)

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Whitney Atkinson
2/7/2017
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.

7/11/2016
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
...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.
Rose
Sep 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horrible-mess
poetry or basic tumblr posts?
Lauren
maybe
these poems are just
words
randomly separated
by hitting enter

or maybe
I just don't get poetry

trigger warnings: rape, abuse
Jessie
Feb 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alafiya
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars for the beautiful thoughts.

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

Consider this line from Milk and Honey:
“you might not have been
...more
Elle Wilson
Jan 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cooper Carrington
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
your poetry
is almost as terrible
as your love life
Ariel
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nat
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Raeleen Lemay
Well that was underwhelming.

I don't really like poetry that much to begin with, but I was so curious about this book after seeing so many people loving it, so I decided to give it a go. I was expecting it to be really profound and ground-breaking and it just wasn't? There were maybe a dozen poems that were quite impactful, but the majority of them felt like filler to me.

Emer
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Thomas
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kai
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, important, to-buy
“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
...more
Hannah
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, owned
I have never loved a collection of poetry more in my entire life.
April
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
These are
just simple
sentences
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.
Elyse
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
...more
Larry H
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Wow.

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 finding
...more
Elizabeth Sagan
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
James Trevino
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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),
...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Some of the poetry in the book ripped a hole in my soul.
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 myse
...more
ellie
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Riley
This was good, not great. Maybe I expected more because this has been recommended so much.
It is split into 4 parts (the hurting, the loving, the breaking & the healing)
The hurting section was great. There was a lot about negative fatherly figures that was easy for me to relate to. I didn't really enjoy the loving section. I don't get much out of poems about falling in love so this part was just meh. The breaking was underwhelming. A lot of repeating the same basic thought "you don't need a
...more
Warda
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[4.5]

“you // are your own // soul mate”

This collection of poetry was gorgeous! I read and reread most of the poems. I savoured them. Took as much time as I could with them. They're genuinely hard-hitting, raw, full of emotion and so meaningful.

'milk and honey' is split into four parts, taking the reader on a journey about love and all the forms it manifests into. It speaks about family, absentee parents, cultural standards that are called out for its bullshit, but also leading you into a direct
...more
Kelli
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was in college I used to cut quotes from magazines and tape them to my door. I would start in the center and by the end of the semester my door would be a work of art. I thought it an intense, dramatic representation of my feelings about love, beauty, and being defined by men (they were boys but I was too young to realize this then). This book reminds me of that. The cover is soft and black. It is a collection of thoughts that are not capitalized or punctuated. It is fragmented. It is hon ...more
Micah Francis
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I absolutely loved this book. It brought me to tears more than once. As women we lose ourselves in other people. We forget that we are worth love and we are important too. I love how she talks about how women are taught to see themselves. This book is a raw look at life, love, abuse, and healing. Recommend to every woman everywhere.
Siena Mirabella
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
absolutely brilliant! nothing but love for this collection of poetry
Es Summer
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry

"How is it so easy for you
to be kind to people
he asked.

milk and honey dripped
from my lips as I answered.

cause people have not
been kind to me."


What an amazing sad little book.
Milk and honey is a collection of poems about different subjects. The author zooms in on love, in particular, heartbreak, for most of the book, but other subjects, such as abuse and femininity, are also discussed.

Rupi Kaur can write poetry like no other. She makes everything personal and sad and her words are for he
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Rupi Kaur is a writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. With a focus in poetry, she released her first book of prose and poems in November 2014. Throughout her poetry, photography, illustrations, and creative direction she engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. When she is not writing or creating art, she is travelling internationally to perform her spoken word poet ...more
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