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Milk and Honey, Worth the Read?

January 7, 2019
By ninaschroeder BRONZE, Portland, Oregon
ninaschroeder BRONZE, Portland, Oregon
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I’m sure you’ve seen the book Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur all over Instagram and on the shelfs at Urban Outfitters. I’m here to spill the tea on Milk and Honey and tell you weather or not it’s worth the read. Basically the novel is about being a woman and going through pain and finding yourself. The story is told in a series of short poems and has a few simple illustrations to communicate the author's message. But if I’m being honest to your I don’t know if it’s worth the hype.

The whole book just got kind of repetitive and felt like it was saying the same thing over and over again. The book at the same time is a very raw and personal look at women's rights and feminism. The reader goes through the four sections, the hurting, loving, breaking, and healing. As you read the author writes in a way that you can connect and reflect on what she is saying. The whole book is very open and vulnerable and lets you see in the author’s eyes.

The book is a quick read so if you're looking for something that will give you a new lense to see the world then it would be a good pick for you. I would especially recommend this book for men because it is such a raw and honest book about being a woman. You really can feel what the author is communicating.

The poem style of the book really pushes you forward and keeps you interested in what you are reading. It puts a spin on the long memoirs and biographies. I really enjoyed the style that Kaur decided to use and thought it was interesting. The figurative language in the book is also outstanding. You really feel what the author is writing and understand it. That's what I think it's such a groundbreaking book for feminism. It really can change someone’s opinion on women's rights and that is really powerful. Especially these days with all of the sexual assault incidents going on it can really help people see what people experience. Along with just the pain of loss and healing from it. This book is just a really universally helpful book for readers.

The one critique I have for Kaur is the repetitiveness of the novel. I think Kaur could have put the same beautiful message in half of the words. Towards the end it all just sounded the same and wasn’t anything new. I didn’t need anymore of the information to have the same take on the book. The book already is quite short and didn’t take me more than a day to read though.

My favorite section in the book is the healing, it really gives good advice on how to get through issues and move on. “Do not look for forgiveness at the feet of those who broke you”(Rupi Kaur).

In the end I would recommend this book for anyone who is needed some advice on heartbreak, some educating in the feminism department, or just wants a good book. It's really quick and leaves you with many things to think about. There is also a sequel which is, The Sun and Her Flowers. This book is perfect for the issues that society is dealing with in the current time we are in. And it gives you a fresh set of eyes to look at things with. But in the process it will bring you along for a wild ride full of twists and turns and ups and downs but you’ll reach the destination in the end.

The author's comments:

Im in 10th grade and I attend Central Catholic High.

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