Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur // I am a very disappointed bookworm

Posted June 15, 2017 by Ella in Uncategorized / 9 Comments

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur // I am a very disappointed bookwormMilk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Published by Createspace on November 4th 2014
Pages: 204

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is 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 in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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The last thing in the world I expected to feel when I finished Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur was disappointment. The hype and praise around this book is immense and it was just one of those books that I expected to change my life a bit with it’s thoughtful beauty like it seems to have done with so many other people. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be and after I’d finished the book I was left wondering why there was so much praise around it.

I am notoriously hard to please when it comes to poetry, probably because I’m a poet myself and I tend to cross-examine books of poetry under a harsh microscope without realizing it. But I had such a feeling or certainty when I went into Milk and Honey that I would love it and it would change my world, etc, that I was really surprised at the end book how unmoved and disappointed I was.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the IDEA behind the book and how it’s sorted into four parts – The Hurting, The Loving, The breaking and the Healing – but I thought the follow up was terrible.The poems were clunky and all over the place and didn’t seem to go anywhere. I liked a few, but none of them lit up my imagination or felt special in any way to me. I did like a few of Kaur’s poems but that was also a peeve: I LIKED them. Nothing more. It was frustrating that I so desperately wanted to be moved by the whole book and I just so wasn’t. I’m equally annoyed at myself that I didn’t find it.

Milk and Honey just wasn’t the book for me. I found it more disappointing than bad, and I’m sad that I’m in the very small pool of reader who didn’t think it was very good. It didn’t deliver to my head and my heart where it seems to with others. I write a lot of poetry myself and I do wonder if perhaps the biggest reason I didn’t enjoy M&H was because the poet inside me was disappointed and so the reader inside me couldn’t get past that and didn’t enjoy it either.


Have you read Milk and Honey? What did you think? Have you any poetry recommendations that you think I might enjoy? Tell me in the comments! 🙂


9 responses to “Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur // I am a very disappointed bookworm

  1. I think it’s important to read other people’s work, and recognize what does click with us and what doesn’t. But, like you said, perhaps it didn’t work for you as a poet. I don’t normally buy poetry collections, but I am very curious about this one. Hesitant to pick it up, I admit. You know, it’d be lovely if you could share some of your favorite poets/poems! I’m a writer, and would love to learn from ninjas like you. <3

    • I would pick it up! I feel a bit awkward as I don’t think it’s a bad book really – just not one that didn’t work for me! So I would definitely give it a go if you’re curious 🙂 I’d love to hear what you think! And awwww, you are so sweet!!! I’m a very rusty poet atm, haha, but I would love to share my poetry someday! Thanks for your lovely comment <3

  2. Sorry to hear this wasn’t for you! I’ll admit that I was feeling a little disappointed with this too when I read it because it was super hyped up and I had expected more because I wasn’t able to relate to all the themes! But overall, I did enjoy it because it was so well written!

    • It WAS so hyped, wasn’t it?! I think I was just eaten up by the hype monster and was just so disappointed when I didn’t love it :/ I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it though!! <3

  3. At first, I saw nothing but glowing reviews on Milk and Honey. After the hype died down a bit, I saw loads of people that were disappointed by this one. I am an absolute novice when it comes to poetry, but thanks to reviews like yours I’ve managed to lower my expectations of this one. I recently read salt by Nayyirah Waheed and absolutely loved that. I think I do want to read this at some point, but I’m not expecting amazing things from it. Great review!

  4. I agree with you on this one– Milk and Honey is severely overhyped. It wasn’t the worst poetry I’ve ever read, but I’ve read so many poetry collections that I just think are leagues better. Like you mentioned, none of the poems really inspired me or made me fall in love. I will say that I loved the addition of Kaur’s artwork to accompany the poems, though!

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