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From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of w From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms. this is the recipe of life said my mother as she held me in her arms as i wept think of those flowers you plant in the garden each year they will teach you that people too must wilt fall root rise in order to bloom


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From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of w From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms. this is the recipe of life said my mother as she held me in her arms as i wept think of those flowers you plant in the garden each year they will teach you that people too must wilt fall root rise in order to bloom

30 review for The Sun and Her Flowers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I don't know where to begin. Listen, as a brown woman of course I gave Rupi a try - that's what we brown girls do, we hold each other up and support each other like crazy because who else will? However, I think we should also be able to speak up when the work just doesn't cut it. Being critical is simply tough love - so don't be so quick to dismiss my negative feeback. First of all, half of this book are one-liners from her first book, and most of her longer pieces felt lazy and ill-thought out. I don't know where to begin. Listen, as a brown woman of course I gave Rupi a try - that's what we brown girls do, we hold each other up and support each other like crazy because who else will? However, I think we should also be able to speak up when the work just doesn't cut it. Being critical is simply tough love - so don't be so quick to dismiss my negative feeback. First of all, half of this book are one-liners from her first book, and most of her longer pieces felt lazy and ill-thought out. I found myself skipping/ losing interest through most of them. Furthermore, I just can't ignore the more popular pieces she has claimed as her own when any avid reader can tell you they are not. Example 1 : "you must see no worth in yourself if you find me worth less after you've touched me as if your hands on my body magnify you and reduce me to nothing" - rupi kaur sounds awfully familiar to my favorite quote by Kaija Sabbah: “If you consider a woman less pure after you’ve touched her maybe you should take a looks at your hands.” Example 2: (This is from her first book) "She was music, but he had his ears cut off" - Rupi Kaur "She was like a piano in a country where everyone has had their hands cut off." - Angela Carter Example 3: "a man who cries" - rupi kaur "i want more men with flowers falling from their skin more water in their eyes more tremble in their hands more women in their hearts than on their bodies more softness in their height more honesty in their voice more wonder more humility in their eyes." - Nayyirah Waheed Example 4: "Your voice does to me what autumn does to trees you call to say hello and my clothes fall naturally" - rupi kaur (Okay aside from this just being hilarious, here's who she tried to copy) "I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees." - Pablo Neruda and "You wonder why I don't answer your 3 a.m. phone calls. When you say "I miss you" I begin to undress myself out of habit." -Sierra Demulder Example 5: "If you got any more beautiful the sun would leave its place and come for you" - rupi kaur “Had I told the sea What I felt for you, It would have left its shores, Its shells, Its fish, And followed me.” ― Nizar Qabbani (Many of you have messaged be about the difference between plagiarism and inspiration, and this is my take on it: If ms. kaur is attempting to give a voice to women through her work, which she claims she is doing, then she should also acknowledge everyone who has "inspired" her. The debate her isn't whether she's a good poet or not, but if she has any integrity....which she clearly doesn't. Many women of color writers, specifically black women writers, have been silenced by her. This is the same woman who "wrote" the following: "I am the product of all the ancestors getting together and deciding these stories need to be told" ???? How??? By erasing them? By taking their words and signing your name underneath them? and my favorite, "never trade honesty for relatability" Congrats y'all, she played you.) The pieces speaking about some of the hardest topics seem so surface level, I felt wrong reading it. I would never give this to my daughter. Not to mention the randomly sprinkled poems talking about her being an immigrant, all of them felt so out of place and awkward next to her other pieces. Anyways, I could go on and on about how much her work mirrors the work of lesser-known authors, but I think most readers already know this. I feel let down and embarrassed by this author and would never recommend it to anyone. I can only hope she grows up one day and finally finds her voice.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)

    *Thank you so much to Indigo for surprising me with a copy of this!* I never read Milk & Honey. It just seemed like such a fad thing, I had no interest in it. I tend to prefer traditional poetry. It's just my inner English major coming out I suppose! That being said, I enjoyed this more than I had expected. I didn't love the whole thing, but there were some poems that I really loved. The poetic style is quite simplistic and some quotes I felt like were reworded versions of things I've seen before *Thank you so much to Indigo for surprising me with a copy of this!* I never read Milk & Honey. It just seemed like such a fad thing, I had no interest in it. I tend to prefer traditional poetry. It's just my inner English major coming out I suppose! That being said, I enjoyed this more than I had expected. I didn't love the whole thing, but there were some poems that I really loved. The poetic style is quite simplistic and some quotes I felt like were reworded versions of things I've seen before. But, I liked the fact that this collection dealt with femininity, immigration, and self love. The topics were well developed and the poems were short, but packed a punch. Not sure if I'll now pick up Milk & Honey. We'll see!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julia Miller

    Rupi, you have my heart ❤️ beautifully written and ohhh the art :‘)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)

    This review was brought to you by the best Real Housewives gifs on giphy.com. Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of Rupi Kaur's milk and honey; HOWEVER, being the forgiving person that I am, I have decided to give her work a second chance. Warning: The gifs you are about to see are real reactions to the poems I just read. Alrighty, here we go: i live for that first second in the morning when i am still half-conscious i hear the hummingbirds outside flirting with the flowers i hear the flower This review was brought to you by the best Real Housewives gifs on giphy.com. Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of Rupi Kaur's milk and honey; HOWEVER, being the forgiving person that I am, I have decided to give her work a second chance. Warning: The gifs you are about to see are real reactions to the poems I just read. Alrighty, here we go: i live for that first second in the morning when i am still half-conscious i hear the hummingbirds outside flirting with the flowers i hear the flowers giggling and the bees growing jealous when I turn over to wake you it starts all over again the panting the wailing the shock of realizing that you've left - the first morning without you Just adding my unwanted two cents and personal preference here, but I would have been good had she stopped after 'and the bees growing jealous'. The last chunk of this poem just made me cringe and it also ruined the initial emotion I felt while reading the first half. --- Next up, buttercup: i envy the winds who still witness you Been dur, done dat. How is this original? I bet Atticus would love this one. --- Please, Queen Latifah, give me da strength that I need to get carry on. Here we go again: you break women in like shoes You know what? I've made a grave mistake in reading this. This isn't my preferred cup of tea. --- The end is nigh: a man who cries - a gift I came. I saw. I conquered. --- It's over, finished, done, finito, caput. Welp, that was definitely better than milk and honey. NOT! But in all honesty, none of her poems really left an impression on me. There were a few "poems" that I liked, but I've already forgotten them. Also, I thought this collection was meant to empower women? Majority of her poems came across as emotionally insecure and overly clichéd. Here is why I have a problem with her work: corresponding imagery is nice to look at once in a while, but I picked this up to be moved by her WORDS. If I wanted a picture book, then I'd go out and buy one. I found the artwork in this unnecessary, and I wasn't impressed with the stick people drawings. Also, I think modern poets tend to forget how impactful the use of punctuation can be for a reader. Create a tonality with your words and format your stanzas with stylistic elements. Unfortunately, this whole book was very dull and very monotone. It is nice to see a young Canadian poet establish herself--don't get me wrong! And my heart goes out to Ms. Kaur after reading about some of the horrific situations she underwent. That being said, I still think her work is overhyped and resembles little fluffs of nothing. If you enjoyed this then no hard feelings. But no more chances and no more modern poetry for me. I mean it. (that's probably a lie) *sings* Edgar Allan Poeeee sum sugaaa on meee. PS. Check out this insightful article by Chiara Giovanni: The Problem With Rupi Kaur's Poetry

  5. 5 out of 5

    JV (semi-hiatus)

    Once, there were these poems, Which my heart cannot fully bear. Drivel — daft and dreary, Perchance, all I can do is but stare. Enjambments and aphorisms, likewise, Have filled this book, Hackneyed phrases — oh bloody hell, Seems like gobbledygook! Prithee, to thee, I say — Analyse her poems first from within, And compare its content From Lord Byron's discipline: "When we two parted In silence and tears, Half broken-hearted To sever for years, Pale grew thy cheek and cold, Colder thy kiss; Truly that hour Once, there were these poems, Which my heart cannot fully bear. Drivel — daft and dreary, Perchance, all I can do is but stare. Enjambments and aphorisms, likewise, Have filled this book, Hackneyed phrases — oh bloody hell, Seems like gobbledygook! Prithee, to thee, I say — Analyse her poems first from within, And compare its content From Lord Byron's discipline: "When we two parted In silence and tears, Half broken-hearted To sever for years, Pale grew thy cheek and cold, Colder thy kiss; Truly that hour foretold Sorrow to this." Forsooth, I fathom the fondness her works had received, Equality, empowerment, and love — all these — Kaur explores with such tremendous breadth, Yet it failed — for it was lacking in some respect. Alas, I come to the end of this critique, Integrate poetic devices, then this would be unique! Apologies, my dear friends, for it was only me, With a pinch of salt, take it, in all this soliloquy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    i am still not a fan of people who use random line breaks in otherwise simple phrases and think it's somehow groundbreaking I don't get it. I feel like a total ass for hating this book because she covers some very personal and traumatic topics, but to me it just reads like she's trying too hard to be profound because everyone lost their shit over her first book (which I didn't particularly like either, because it was basically a tumblr dashboard), so it was like she had to outdo herself. Like m&h, there i am still not a fan of people who use random line breaks in otherwise simple phrases and think it's somehow groundbreaking I don't get it. I feel like a total ass for hating this book because she covers some very personal and traumatic topics, but to me it just reads like she's trying too hard to be profound because everyone lost their shit over her first book (which I didn't particularly like either, because it was basically a tumblr dashboard), so it was like she had to outdo herself. Like m&h, there were a few lovely nuggets in here, but it was long and drawn out, redundant, and it felt like she had a minimum page number she had to get to, and like another reviewer said, a lot of her content looks very familiar/like she paraphrased existing quotations and such already. The bad far outweighs the good. I mean, I guess I can give her props for expanding beyond the tumblr one-liners, but even her longer poems I didn't like. She basically took a regular conversation, got rid of all capitalization, and added misplaced punctuation so it became sentence fragments. Some of the illustrations are lovely. And then some are a bit perplexing (like the drawing of what I'm assuming was a woman going down on another woman under the poem talking about the moon and water. I definitely did not get that metaphor without the image).

  7. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    i hold the pages that give my heart a place to call home while words of simple elegance and subtle purity teach it to grow and inspire it to love. - how i feel about this book ↠ 4.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    April

    “I hear a thousand kind words about me and it makes no difference yet I hear one insult and all confidence shatters - focusing on the negative.” I've never related to written words as much as reading Rupi Kaur's books. “I hear a thousand kind words about me and it makes no difference yet I hear one insult and all confidence shatters - focusing on the negative.” I've never related to written words as much as reading Rupi Kaur's books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    god must have kneaded you and i from the same dough rolled us out on the baking sheet must have suddenly realized how unfair it was to put that much magic in one person and sadly split that dough in two how else is it that when i look in the mirror i am looking at you when you breathe my own lungs fill with air that we just met but we have known each other our whole lives if we were not made as one to begin with our souls are mirrors - rupi kaur Find more of my books on Instagram god must have kneaded you and i from the same dough rolled us out on the baking sheet must have suddenly realized how unfair it was to put that much magic in one person and sadly split that dough in two how else is it that when i look in the mirror i am looking at you when you breathe my own lungs fill with air that we just met but we have known each other our whole lives if we were not made as one to begin with our souls are mirrors - rupi kaur Find more of my books on Instagram

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Wow!! That was intense, sad and good!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Wow!! That was intense, sad and good!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Beautiful... The range of emotions are all felt ... sadness, anger, loss, grief, pride, guilt, fear, nervousness, shame, joy, surprise, love .... These stories/ poems are heartfelt... rupi kaur is a lovely gift to the world. “for so long i was lost in a place where there was no sun, where there grew no flowers. but something i loved would emerge and bring me to life again”. I love “Milk and Honey”... and I equally love “the sun and her flowers”. The one complaint is that I wanted to buy this book Beautiful... The range of emotions are all felt ... sadness, anger, loss, grief, pride, guilt, fear, nervousness, shame, joy, surprise, love .... These stories/ poems are heartfelt... rupi kaur is a lovely gift to the world. “for so long i was lost in a place where there was no sun, where there grew no flowers. but something i loved would emerge and bring me to life again”. I love “Milk and Honey”... and I equally love “the sun and her flowers”. The one complaint is that I wanted to buy this book in a hard copy - so far it’s only come out in a paper copy. rupi kaur writes about sensitive topics with piercing imagination. Introspective and tender ...really wonderful!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    i started 
to read this hoping to 
enjoy it more than Milk and Honey but 
instead i found it derivative
 i also question whether 
random
 breaks in
 sentences and 
no punctuation is equal to 
poetry

 Some parts of this, like the things she wishes she could have told her mother on her wedding day and insights on immigration were thought provoking, but much of this felt like thoughts I’ve read many times elsewhere. 
 Here are three examples of that:

 you do not just wake up and become the butterfly
 i started 
to read this hoping to 
enjoy it more than Milk and Honey but 
instead i found it derivative
 i also question whether 
random
 breaks in
 sentences and 
no punctuation is equal to 
poetry

 Some parts of this, like the things she wishes she could have told her mother on her wedding day and insights on immigration were thought provoking, but much of this felt like thoughts I’ve read many times elsewhere. 
 Here are three examples of that:

 you do not just wake up and become the butterfly


 the right one does not stand in your way
they make space for you to step forward

 what is the greatest lesson a woman should learn

 that since day one
she’s already had everything she needs within herself
it’s the world that convinced her she did not 

This is akin to reading a teenager’s journal. Not that it’s bad, but rather a bit cliche and young. Also, the amount of time it took me to correct the computer and remove punctuation and add breaks in sentences was frustrating... and I’m pretty sure it still didn’t put my quotes as they appear in the book! (That is an explanation point for emphasis.) 2 stars!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    4.5 Stars Wow. Let me say I had low expectations going into this, but I was so wrong. Backstory: I'm not a fan of milk & honey. It's not a style I enjoy at all, and the entire book just felt too Tumblr and cheesy and simplistic. this blew me away. it's so different, fresh, and jaw-dropping. it’s interesting to see how her writing has grown and evolved. there are very few short poems (unlike m&h), which i was thankful for, because in m&h it seemed like she would just write sentences with skips in i 4.5 Stars Wow. Let me say I had low expectations going into this, but I was so wrong. Backstory: I'm not a fan of milk & honey. It's not a style I enjoy at all, and the entire book just felt too Tumblr and cheesy and simplistic. this blew me away. it's so different, fresh, and jaw-dropping. it’s interesting to see how her writing has grown and evolved. there are very few short poems (unlike m&h), which i was thankful for, because in m&h it seemed like she would just write sentences with skips in it, then label them poetry, and i really hated that style. however, this utilized a lot of longer poems and metaphor and personification of nature, and although it’s still not my favorite style, it’s gotten so much better. This book was just so much more personal. m&h felt like a ton of blanket statements and tumblr posts, but this one had quotes that actually made me sit back and go “whoa.” “i even tried to bury myself alive but the dirt recoiled you have already rotted it said there is nothing left for me to do - self-hate” AMAZING. This book adds on an entire section about immigration and refugees, and I thought it was new and powerful as opposed to only talking about feminism, the body, and self-love. also, brown girls NEED to pick up this book. there is so much positivity and messages about acceptance of your skin. i will say, if you decide to pick this up, don't give up hope until you reach part 2. The whole first part seems like it was a step back from milk & honey? milk and honey was so feminist and focused on recovery and self-love and some of the poems in the first part were like “TELL ME I’M PRETTY I NEED VALIDATION” and stuff like that and I was like ??????? It started out really weak but definitely got better. Lastly, another thing I wasn’t a huge fan of is none of her poems use punctuation. She had some longer poems unlike anything she had in m&h, but most of those just employed really long-winded run-on sentences and I wasn’t a huge fan of that style. Because of that, it was hard to tell sometimes when one poem ended and another begun because none were punctuated, some didn’t have titles, some were just one sentence, etc. Regardless, I'm sorta speechless because I expected to hate this and I actually enjoyed it so much. Several of the poems gave me chills. If you gave up hope after milk & honey, definitely think about trying this from a library or something because it is a MAJOR improvement and I think its messages are valuable, and nothing about this feels like a regurgitation of a Tumblr post.

  14. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    It was really beautiful! Some of the poems SO stood out to me and I would love to read her first collection Milk and Honey now!! It's really empowering and beautiful about change and growing and healing. this place makes me the kind of exhausted that has nothing to do with sleep and everything to do with the people around me - introvert representation is vitual otherwise the butterfly surrounded by a group of moths unable to see itself will keep trying to become a moth It was really beautiful! Some of the poems SO stood out to me and I would love to read her first collection Milk and Honey now!! It's really empowering and beautiful about change and growing and healing. this place makes me the kind of exhausted that has nothing to do with sleep and everything to do with the people around me - introvert representation is vitual otherwise the butterfly surrounded by a group of moths unable to see itself will keep trying to become a moth

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    This long-awaited second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur made waves; it was a ride brimming with of every kind of emotion imaginable. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Kaur's voice is as audacious and brave as ever. She nails to perfection the specific intimate details that made her writing so achi This long-awaited second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur made waves; it was a ride brimming with of every kind of emotion imaginable. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Kaur's voice is as audacious and brave as ever. She nails to perfection the specific intimate details that made her writing so achingly real in milk and honey. We have poems exploring self-love, self-hate, body-image, girls supporting girls, motherly love, feminism, insecurity, sexual assault, and so much more. I read through it in a whirlwind. I barely put it down, and it was so short I didn't even have to. The author's smart, poised, and down-to-earth writing oozes inspiration. And I'm beyond eager to share some of my favorite pieces: I'll never grow tired of reading Kaur's passionate words. And I hope there's more and more to wait for in the future, regarding her poetry. Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Sun and Her Flowers, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission! This review and more can be found on my blog.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marpapad

    I want to thank Jon(athan) Nakapalau for recommending this poetry collection to me. I have never read something similar before. The only part that I did not enjoy was the first one. In general, it was a nice experience, and I will probably read her other collection too. I want to thank Jon(athan) Nakapalau for recommending this poetry collection to me. I have never read something similar before. The only part that I did not enjoy was the first one. In general, it was a nice experience, and I will probably read her other collection too.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andreia ❤The Butterfly Lover❤ Amo Borboletas

    "representation is vital otherwise the butterfly surrounded by a group of moths unable to see itself will keep trying to become the moth - representation" "this place makes me the kind of exhausted that has nothing to do with sleep and everything to do with the people around me - introvert" "when you find her tell her not a day goes by when I do not think of her that girl who thinks you are everything she asked for" "you cannot walk in and out of me like a revolving door I have too many miracles happening inside "representation is vital otherwise the butterfly surrounded by a group of moths unable to see itself will keep trying to become the moth - representation" "this place makes me the kind of exhausted that has nothing to do with sleep and everything to do with the people around me - introvert" "when you find her tell her not a day goes by when I do not think of her that girl who thinks you are everything she asked for" "you cannot walk in and out of me like a revolving door I have too many miracles happening inside me to be your convenient option - not your hobby" "think of those flowers you plant in the garden each year they will teach you that people too must wilt fall root rise in order to bloom"

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Heart breaking yet empowering - a woman's journey of growth - (wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming) as she comes to terms with her past, present and future. As a man this book touched me because I never was aware of all the different ways we try to make women conform to 'our' idea of what they should be. If you have a friend trying to put their life back together after a break up this book will help them focus on the path they need to take. Heart breaking yet empowering - a woman's journey of growth - (wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming) as she comes to terms with her past, present and future. As a man this book touched me because I never was aware of all the different ways we try to make women conform to 'our' idea of what they should be. If you have a friend trying to put their life back together after a break up this book will help them focus on the path they need to take.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    [Edit: had to change my rating to 5 stars] Rupi Kaur does it once again. Her poetry is blooming. Her words hit home as they always do. I mean, there's a reason why there's a surge in poetry books being sold now. She's the reason. I love what she advocates in her poetry collections, what she stands for. How it is told in a format of stages, of growth. Following on from her previous collection (not that it is a sequel, but the format and themes are similar), the sun and her flowers is tackling the [Edit: had to change my rating to 5 stars] Rupi Kaur does it once again. Her poetry is blooming. Her words hit home as they always do. I mean, there's a reason why there's a surge in poetry books being sold now. She's the reason. I love what she advocates in her poetry collections, what she stands for. How it is told in a format of stages, of growth. Following on from her previous collection (not that it is a sequel, but the format and themes are similar), the sun and her flowers is tackling the root of our own emotions and suffering, to taking it in and accepting the people around us, our ancestors and our heritage, our immigrant parents, to ultimately establishing self-love. Yes, you do come first. You are important. I feel like it's a mantra in her poetry and I love that. It's beyond empowering! As per her usual style, the poems are direct, simple, easy to grasp and full of passion. There are underlying layers and raw thoughts and emotions beneath those words that have me wanting to savour it, reread it. Annotate the whole book and find my own meaning within it. The illustrations truly make it come to life and paint a vivid picture and emotion inside you. I can't wait to see what else she has in store! I know I can read her work over and over again!

  20. 5 out of 5

    ♛ may

    Am I reading this book bc my reading challenge is getting a little out of control??? Psshshhhhh no, of course not why would you think something so preposterous ???? Anyways so I read Milk and Honey last year and I sorta loved it and when I HEARD there was another one I was like yes this woman can write gimme some more And that’s what this book is But its better than milk and honey imo why is it that when the story ends we begin to feel all of it the illustrations are ABSOLUTELY perfection, I love Am I reading this book bc my reading challenge is getting a little out of control??? Psshshhhhh no, of course not why would you think something so preposterous ???? Anyways so I read Milk and Honey last year and I sorta loved it and when I HEARD there was another one I was like yes this woman can write gimme some more And that’s what this book is But its better than milk and honey imo why is it that when the story ends we begin to feel all of it the illustrations are ABSOLUTELY perfection, I love them so much they add so much depth to the poems. For all them haters who are like “these are just relatable tumblr posts that someone pressed the enter key too many times” well yes, you’re right BUT THEYRE BEAUTIFUL TOO I love a lot of the concepts that are talked about. Love and acceptance and liberty and compassion, I think the author covered a whole lot of topics and translated them into such beautiful, beautiful, beautiful words like wow give me that talent lady where did you get it from how do i shake this envy when i see you doing well sister how do i love myself enough to know your accomplishments are not my failures - we are not each other’s competition Just like a really inspiring, uplifting poem book that you can finish in 20 minutes do it for the challenge. there will be no quitters in this house 4 stars!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    'you do not just wake up and become the butterfly - growth is a process' Rereading this one cos I loved this one so much better than 'Milk And Honey' I am surprised after all this time I still loved it. This collection is amazing!!! The writing style is so good and smooth. It's relatable. It talks about abusive relationships, depression, rape, how victim copes subsequently, loneliness, (most importantly) letting go, the things we women have to go through in the name of beauty, being an introvert, patr 'you do not just wake up and become the butterfly - growth is a process' Rereading this one cos I loved this one so much better than 'Milk And Honey' I am surprised after all this time I still loved it. This collection is amazing!!! The writing style is so good and smooth. It's relatable. It talks about abusive relationships, depression, rape, how victim copes subsequently, loneliness, (most importantly) letting go, the things we women have to go through in the name of beauty, being an introvert, patriarchal society, fighting back,hope and about women empowerment. Overall about WOMANHOOD. I loved all the lines except for the fact that it gave a hint about acceptance to be in an abusive relationship. The insecurity screams out too loud. Yet the last three sections made up for the brokenness of the character described in the first two sections. Loved it. I will reread this again next year. 💌 Hopefully. ✨So happy to read this one holding a physical copy in my favourite bookstore with two cups of cuppacino ✨ I have to get the physical copy again☺️

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joce (squibblesreads)

    Enjoyed this a lot. A few pieces really stood out to me, especially on the topic of being a WOC and immigration. Liked this more than MILK AND HONEY.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emilie Emzbooksandco

    “You’re everywhere Except right here And it hurts.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Rupi Kaur has again delivered a palpable collection of perspective on varying issues of significance that range from love to heartbreak and all the things in between. I leave this experience feeling grateful, beautiful, and incredibly empowered. I am in love with this woman's writing. Note: There are a few repeated poems from Milk and Honey but much of this material felt very fresh. My favorite quote: One of my many favorite poems: i reduced my body to aesthetics forgot the work it did to keep me a Rupi Kaur has again delivered a palpable collection of perspective on varying issues of significance that range from love to heartbreak and all the things in between. I leave this experience feeling grateful, beautiful, and incredibly empowered. I am in love with this woman's writing. Note: There are a few repeated poems from Milk and Honey but much of this material felt very fresh. My favorite quote: One of my many favorite poems: i reduced my body to aesthetics forgot the work it did to keep me alive with every beat and breath declared it a grand failure for not looking like theirs searched everywhere for a miracle foolish enough to not realize i was already living in one

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    My favorite parts in this quick read were the poems centered on Kaur's generational experience with immigration and her deep admiration for her mother. There's a rich narrative to be explored there and I'm glad she devoted an entire section for it. Other than that, many of the poems are a hit or miss. Sometimes Kaur weaves together profound thoughts, and other times she simply write statements that have line spacing every other word. Half of the poems are about heartbreak and relationships, whic My favorite parts in this quick read were the poems centered on Kaur's generational experience with immigration and her deep admiration for her mother. There's a rich narrative to be explored there and I'm glad she devoted an entire section for it. Other than that, many of the poems are a hit or miss. Sometimes Kaur weaves together profound thoughts, and other times she simply write statements that have line spacing every other word. Half of the poems are about heartbreak and relationships, which I found to be generic. I can see how this would be meaningful to young girls though; my younger self from 5 years ago probably would have enjoyed Kaur's poetry more, because I dealt with emotionally abusive relationships back then. But my present day self has matured and moved on from teenage/college-age angst, so I think I've outgrown this type of sentimental writing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Beautiful book. Loved that there were longer pieces in this one and that the book was thicker in general. Wonderful illustrations as always though I have to say that since she has used drawings that were quite similar to some in her first book, I kinda got confused and thought for a moment that she has reused some of her old poems too. (I hope I make sense). Definitely gonna keep this book on my nightstand 😊⭐️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    This is the BEST book of poetry in 2017? It’s a joke. A BAD ONE.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Langford

    4.5*** Rupi Kaur writes with such beauty, her poems go straight to the heart and invoke emotion. It shows the journey of the ending of one relationship, solitude, to finding love again. Some of the poems were highly relatable whilst others were eye-opening.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    it isn't what we left behind that breaks me it's what we could've built had we stayed. Grief, self abandoment, the bond between a child and her parents, girl power, and respecting the generations that came before are all themes of the second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur. Recently I read the poet's debut collection Milk and Honey and I became spell bound by her writing. this place makes me the kind of exhausted that has nothing to do with sleep and everything to do with the people around me. it isn't what we left behind that breaks me it's what we could've built had we stayed. Grief, self abandoment, the bond between a child and her parents, girl power, and respecting the generations that came before are all themes of the second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur. Recently I read the poet's debut collection Milk and Honey and I became spell bound by her writing. this place makes me the kind of exhausted that has nothing to do with sleep and everything to do with the people around me. introvert

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara Hunt

    I hadn't read Milk and Honey so came to this book with no preconceived expectations. As a big fan of poetry I love to find new poets who inspire me and make me question my own view of the World. I enjoy reading poems that are hard hitting and don't shy away from the brutality of the World today. Rupi's poems in this her second book are written with love and from the heart. The offer a glimpse into the life Rupi has lead and the trials and tribulations she has gone through to get where she is tod I hadn't read Milk and Honey so came to this book with no preconceived expectations. As a big fan of poetry I love to find new poets who inspire me and make me question my own view of the World. I enjoy reading poems that are hard hitting and don't shy away from the brutality of the World today. Rupi's poems in this her second book are written with love and from the heart. The offer a glimpse into the life Rupi has lead and the trials and tribulations she has gone through to get where she is today. You get the impression Rupi is still learning how to be a woman and an adult. She's still trying to find her place in the world. I love Rupi's style of poetry. It's simple yet also very beautiful. Rupi illustrates her poems with simplistic drawings that help to get her point across. This latest collection touches on sex, abuse, culture, religion, gender etc. The stand out poem is called Home. This poem is striking and quite frankly amazing. It's worth getting the book just for this poem alone. The use of description within this piece is just outstanding. A truly phenomenal piece of writing. Be warned Home is a brutal poem. It's not a pleasant read but it's a poem I believe every woman should read no matter what their circumstances are. Rupi has the ability to pack a hearty punch even when she is only writing a short poem. She has a clever knack of choosing just the right words to make the biggest impact possible. Reading this book makes you appreciate life. It makes you question the choices you make. It makes you sit up and take notice of subjects you might not normally read about. Rupi isn't afraid to open her heart to the world. This collection was inspiring and energizing. Wonderful reading.

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