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
fall
root
rise
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.

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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!

      Like

  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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