BOOK REVIEW: The Sun and her Flowers – Rupi Kaur

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From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Timesbestselling 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

f i r s t  s e n t e n c e

bees came for honey

flowers giggled as they

undressed themselves

for the taking

the sun smiled

the second birth

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Picture via Goodreads

As some of you might know, I didn’t really enjoy Rupi Kaur‘s first poetry collection Milk and Honey. I couldn’t relate to the poems and I think my expectations were just too high. When I am back home, I will probably give it another try because I also think that I wasn’t really ready for poetry since it was my first poetry book.

 

I liked The Sun And Her Flowers way more. 

First of all, I liked that the book is divided in five chapters: Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising and Blooming. I adore flowers and couldn’t live without them and I was excited to see and read how Rupi Kaur would work with them in her poems. 

 

despite knowing

they won’t be here for long

they still choose to live

their brightest lives

sunflowers

 

And, of course, she did amazing. I highlighted so so so many poems. Poems I could relate to, poems which made me think, poems which made me realize how important it is to love yourself first.

 

the universe took its time on you

crafted you to offer the world

something different from everyone else

when you doupt

how you were created

you doubt an energy greater than us both

– irreplacable

 

I don’t want to tell too much about the content because I want you all to read and interpret the chapters and poems by yourself but I liked that it was less about heartache, or at least, in another way than Milk and Honey.

I also really enjoyed the immigration part because it was a fresh topic. Sometimes heart breaking, sometimes eye-opening. And I could relate to it being in another country at the moment.

 

you do not just wake up and become the butterfly

– growth is a process

 

Last but not least I want to talk about the illustrations. They are, as always, out of this world. I love the simplicity, the clearness and how they emphasize Rupi Kaur‘s words.

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All in all, Rupi Kaur isn’t just a great illustrator, she is also an amazing writer. The Sun And Her Flowers will open your eyes with her words, she will make you cry and smile and you will learn so much about yourself.

So, go get this book, my dearest friends. You will not regret it 🙂

m y  r a t i n g :  4 / 5  ★

Find all details about The Sun And Her Flowers on Goodreads and Amazon .

xo Franziska

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