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Kaylee Reads Books: The Sun and Her Flowers

by Kaylee Golden
Posted on Nov 30, 2017

“The Sun and Her Flowers” is the long awaited follow-up to Rupi Kaur’s breakthrough bestseller “Milk and Honey.” The book of poetry is split into five different sections with each relating to the stages of a flower’s life—wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. This poetry book is aimed toward a female reader, but can be empowering for both men and women. It goes through the stages of heartbreak, recovery after a traumatic event, immigration struggles, and regaining a purpose.

Both of Kaur’s books have been incredibly moving, but this second book touches topics that the first book didn’t even shed a light on. While some may think that it is a little vulgar, inappropriate or blunt, I think it was a perfect mix of all these pieces. Society needs to see the female perspective of sexual assault, immigration and heartbreak in such a vulnerable and honest manner.

Personally, I found this book to be touching, emotional and empowering. For any female, or male for that matter, who has experienced heartbreak, sadness or violence, this book is a must read. It takes all of the thoughts that the reader hasn’t been able to emulate and puts it on paper. Readers may not relate to every piece in the book, but any human being could find hope in the overall message of strength, confidence and sunlight after rain.

If I had to rate this book, I would give it a 4.6 out of 5. I think it is a must read for all college students—male or female. If you don’t like poetry, then this piece may change your mind and send you scrambling to get her first book and begging for a third.