Book review: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: AmazonTBDGoodreads
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Source: Borrowed

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
in order to bloom

Did you know that I had this book on hold at my library for FOUR MONTHS before they emailed me and told me that hoopla is a thing? There’s no wait for books on hoopla, so thanks, guys. Anyway, this collection of poetry is okay, but I think I preferred Milk and Honey. This felt really similar to it and while there were some poems that really stabbed at my heart, the majority just… didn’t.

I think my favorite was the underrated heartache because let me tell you, a thing no one tells you when you move halfway across the country is that even the best friendships are super difficult to maintain. I only talk to one of my friends from Wisconsin with any regularity anymore and it breaks my heart.

Anyway, it’s fine, I checked off a box on my reading challenge and I’m ready to move on.

Goodreads summer reading challenge: the colors of summer

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29 thoughts on “Book review: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

  1. libby @ dimscreen says:

    There are so many knock-off Rupi Kaur poetry books in stores now, I think it’s really interesting the way that this kind of poetry has really become popular. And the way it’s all being marketed is super similar. I’m not a big fan Kaur but I love the last line of the poem you shared “a loss is a loss is a loss”.

    If you’re looking for recommendations for poets I have a couple! Charles Bukowski is my absolute favourite, he’s incredible. I also love Edgar Allen Poe and Elizabeth Bishop. Hopefully you like them too!

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    • Sara @ The Bibliophagist says:

      I know! I was kind of surprised (but not really) at the number of similar books that my library recommended to me. I love that last line too, and I’m really just looking for something that’s going to blow me away.

      Thank you for the recommendations! I haven’t read anything by Bukowski or Bishop, but I think I read everything Poe ever wrote when I was in high school. 🙂 Now I know what I’ll be looking for next time I’m at the library!

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  2. thebookprescription says:

    I was discussing this kind of Poetry with my friend the other day and we both agree that we prefer this as a tumblr/ Facebook post rather than in book form. After I read Dante’s inferno, I was sure more than ever that that is “the real poetry”

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  3. thisisoneforthebooks says:

    OMG.. first of all, you just saved my existence with hoopla. I had no idea that was a thing, but now I know where I will be spending most of my time LOL. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on this, a lot of people like her other one better but I have yet to read either. I did read some of Milk and Honey at the bookstore and it was pretty good but idk if I am super into poetry! It really has to make me feel something inside for me to rate it amazingly

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    • Sara @ The Bibliophagist says:

      I’m so happy that I’ve saved your existence! I’m already at 4 of my 5 monthly checkouts, but let’s be honest, do I really need more books than I already have??

      I preferred Milk and Honey over this one. I’m not super into poetry either, but I definitely want to read more so that I can find some really good poems.

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  4. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams says:

    I think I gave this book three stars as well – I’m not a huge fan of Rupi Kaur, to be honest. Some of her poems really resonate with me, but some don’t, at all? And I feel like this kind of poetry has been becoming really popular, and I’m not all that impressed with it …

    I really want to read Sylvia Plath’s poem collection, though, because I really enjoyed her prose in The Bell Jar. 🙂

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    • Sara @ The Bibliophagist says:

      Yes, this style of poetry is definitely becoming super popular right now. I was kind of surprised at the number of similar titles recommended to me when I finished it! I’ve read four collections now in this style and like you said, some poems really resonate and others just don’t.

      Ariel has been on my TBR ever since I finished The Bell Jar!


  5. Vicky Who Reads says:

    ack! sorry you didn’t enjoy this one that much! I wasn’t really a fan and all this modern poetry is too tumblr for me honestly. i’m glad you at least enjoyed a couple, though!

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