the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur || Book Review

“i notice everything i do not have
and decide it is beautiful”

Synopsis: 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

Source: Goodreads

Title: the sun and her flowers
Author: rupi kaur
Links: Amazon CA | Book Depository | Goodreads

Genres / Themes: Contemporary | Feminism | Mental HealthPoetry | Romance
Point of View: First Person

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256

After read Kaur’s milk and honey, I had this NEED to read her other more commonly known collection: the sun and her flowers. Like it’s predecessor, this collection is moving beyond belief. Touching upon a number of important topics, Kaur provides understanding and comfort for a wide audience.

As I’ve mentioned a number of times, poetry is rather subjective. This review will attempt to examine the layout and structure of the poems and novel itself, rather than necessarily critique the works within it.

CONTENT & TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains topics regarding abuse (multiple), alcoholism, anxiety, manipulation (toxic relationship), racism, rape (sexual abuse, sexual assault, toxic relationship, pedophilia), sex, and trauma (victim blaming).

More than its predecessor, the sun and her flowers discusses an even wider range of topics. Sexual assault, gender inequality, racism, feminism, healing, the bonds of family … these are a few of the topics that are discussed in both milk and honey and the sun and her flowers. But with this new collection, Kaur opens up the dialogue to even more important topics. An emphasis on friendship, our treatment of our planet, a greater attention to social stigmas of beauty and more focus on motherly bonds are topics in particular that hit me more. By expanding her topic range, Kaur has allowed for more people to feel connected to not only her works but with individuals in the world. With this, so many more people can find comfort and healing through the words painted on these precious pages.

Not only is the poetry itself beautiful, but Kaur’s illustrations are captivating. Kaur was taught at a young age to express herself through art, so it’s no surprise she uses her gift to further emphasis her meanings in her written work. Not only are the illustrations stunning, but they capture the meaning of the poems and provide further meaning to readers.

The subtitles within this collection accurately depict the poems within, making the content flow like a story. Like milk and honey, Kaur separates her poems into different section: wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. Firstly, I love how Kaur maintains this floral element through the sub chapters. But the most extraordinary thing is how RELEVANT the poems in each section are TO that particular chapter … none feel out of place or that they’re part of the wrong section. This makes the whole collection feel like a story, a story of growth and healing and inspiration.

Sometimes, there were moments when it was hard to tell when one poem ended and the other began. For the most part, this wasn’t an issue … especially since the story in the poems flowed so well. But there WERE moments when I couldn’t tell if the poem on one page was mean to connect to the one on the next, or if they were two different thoughts.

Kaur’s the sun and her flowers is a HEAVY read, but completely and utterly worth it. For the loss and the broken, the scared and the shamed, the longing and lonely … Kaur’s poetry shows us that we are MORE normal than we realize, and that we are not as alone as we think we are. Her raw and open nature in her poems helps readers realize that no matter what our past holds, we are in-charge of our futures … our pasts do not control us, for we are MUCH stronger than that.

I recommend this novel if you enjoy:

↠ A collection of free verse poetry
↠ A novel about feminism and personal growth
↠ Depth to the content and symbolism of the written word
↠ “Self help” and “healing” novels

Have you read Rupi Kaur’s the sun and her flowers?




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14 thoughts on “the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur || Book Review

    1. Thank you very much! It doesn’t for everyone, but I’m glad you still liked my review 🙂 I totally get that though. I think that’s even more interesting about poetry is how the different forms aren’t for everyone. But there’s so many different forms that I think most people can find one method that suits them more than others 🙂

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      1. I definitely agree, there is poetry I love! In case you’re looking for something similar to Rupi Kaur – salt. by Nayyirah Waheed was brilliant, and it kind of explores the same topics and themes in a similar style.

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  1. I’m so glad you liked this book! It’s great that Kaur addressed a wider range of topics that more people can relate to. I wonder if this book was better received than “milk and honey” because of that. Lovely review, Jenna 😁!

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  2. Another great review, Jenna! I honestly didn’t have much interest in reading Milk and Honey or the Sun and Her flowers until you started gushing about them! ❤ I've never been much of a poetry reader, but I do want to give these two collections a try some day! I really love how this one focuses on friendship and motherly bonds at times! That's so sweet to hear!

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    1. Thank you, love! I absolutely adore her work. You have to be into modern day poetry and “free verse” style though, since that’s the only form she sticks with in these collections. What I also love is the topics are PRETTY easy to comprehend overall. Nothing really went over my head. If you do read them, you’ll have to let me know what you think!


  3. Wonderful review! I actually read milk and honey a while ago but I really think that I was too young to fully appreciate it haha. I honestly would not know how to write a review of a poetry book because sometimes they’re really personal, and subjective, but you did it so well WHAT? I might actually pick this book up because of your review!

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    1. Thank you so much! I DEFINITELY think Kaur’s works make more sense when one is older and has experienced more, especially since the topics are fairly adult. Unfortunately, I think some people can understand at a younger age due to the things they’ve experienced. I can tell you that some of the poems would’ve went over my head 10 years ago (I’m 28).

      It is SUPER hard … that’s why I tried to REALLY review the layout and style more than the content itself (other than the fact that I like how it explores LOTS of topics). I’m glad my review still helped! I really wanted feedback on my poetry reviews since they’re so subjective in nature.

      I’m so glad to hear it! Thank you again! ❤

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  4. Great Review! It’s one of the oldest books in my TBR and now you’re making me so eager to start it 😮


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