Rupi Kaur's "Milk and Honey" incorporates many messages that need to be said, especially in this era. She often references to themes of feminism, abuse, and empowering oneself which is one of my favorite parts of the book.

That being said, the writing isn't as up to par in my opinion. Many of the poems are very brief (2-3 lines) and feel like captions on social media posts. Being a published book, I expected the prose to evoke emotions, which I felt was lacking. It almost sounded like a conversation I have with my friends. Many of the lines have not left an impact, if anything, poetry should ask for deeper thinking and it feels like I'm scrolling through someone's instagram.

Furthermore, half the book discusses Kaur's breakups; while I don't criticize the idea of venting out frustration through such an event, I think that many of the poems aren't focused on those emotions, rather, spiting other women. At times, some of the poems can sound slightly misogynistic and demean women, which didn't really sit well with me.

However, I can understand why someone would like this book: many enjoy how simple and easy it is to understand, as compared to much of the cryptic poetry out there, and others catch a glimpse of feminism and love the themes. There are some good/decent poems in this book and could be a good fit for poetry beginners or people dipping their feet in the idea of feminism.

Some other common concerns that other readers have had include the images and the topics itself. Personally, the images didn't bother me too much. They actually contributed in conveying the message of the poems, especially the more brief poems. The topics themselves also didn't bother me since I knew what this book was about before I read it.

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