Milk and Honey is a New York Times bestseller written by Rupi Kaur. Published in late 2014, the book, which consists of a collection of poetry and prose quickly became a bestseller and topped charts. Milk and Honey is the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. This book has the ability to remind you of all the bitter moments in life, horrible times in society and at the same time, allows you to find hope within them, because if you are willing to look for it, there is hope and love everywhere.
Personally, I feel that this book can either be an easy read or a difficult read; it really depends on how much thinking you put into it. A quick flip through the book and you might find it extremely boring; perhaps even criticize the writer for some controversial ideas of hers. Some of her poems are very simplistic, and might look like it took no thought at all to write. But when it comes to poetry, every single word counts. If you observe the illustrations carefully and try to put meanings into the words as well as make your own inference on how they link up, Milk and Honey will bring you many meaningful moments and new perspective.
I like how the author chooses to use powerful language over insulting language when writing about controversial topics such as a women’s body and a women’s rights as well as how she was able to not filter the contents of her book to fit what society would expect. She is frank with what she wants to tell her readers and I feel that as a reader of her content, we are grateful for her honesty.
I hope that you would check out this amazing book! Below are some examples of what you can expect from Milk and Honey.
Ang Yen Chi (2U)