The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

The Sun and Her Flowers

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 w...

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The Sun and Her Flowers Reviews

  • Kai

  • Clau R.

    I love Rupi Kaur.

  • Nat

    This long-awaited second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur made waves; it was a ride brimming with of every kind of emotion imaginable. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, 

     is 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.

    Kaur's voice is as audacious and brave as ever. She nails to perfection the specific intimate details that made her writing so achi

    This long-awaited second collection of poetry by Rupi Kaur made waves; it was a ride brimming with of every kind of emotion imaginable. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, 

     is 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.

    Kaur's voice is as audacious and brave as ever. She nails to perfection the specific intimate details that made her writing so achingly real in

    . We have poems exploring self-love, self-hate, body-image, girls supporting girls, motherly love, feminism, insecurity, sexual assault, and so much more. I read through it in a whirlwind. I barely put it down, and it was so short I didn't even have to.

    The author's smart, poised, and down-to-earth writing oozes inspiration. And I'm beyond eager to share some of my favorite pieces:

    I'll never grow tired of reading Kaur's passionate words. And I hope there's more and more to await in the future, regarding her poetry.

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  • Whitney Atkinson

    4.5 Stars

    Wow. Let me say I had low expectations going into this, but I was so wrong. Backstory: I'm not a fan of milk & honey. It's not a style I enjoy at all, and the entire book just felt too Tumblr and cheesy and simplistic. this blew me away. it's so different, fresh, and jaw-dropping.

    it’s interesting to see how her writing has grown and evolved. there are very few short poems (unlike m&h), which i was thankful for, because in m&h it seemed like she would just write sentences wit

    4.5 Stars

    Wow. Let me say I had low expectations going into this, but I was so wrong. Backstory: I'm not a fan of milk & honey. It's not a style I enjoy at all, and the entire book just felt too Tumblr and cheesy and simplistic. this blew me away. it's so different, fresh, and jaw-dropping.

    it’s interesting to see how her writing has grown and evolved. there are very few short poems (unlike m&h), which i was thankful for, because in m&h it seemed like she would just write sentences with skips in it, then label them poetry, and i really hated that style. however, this utilized a lot of longer poems and metaphor and personification of nature, and although it’s still not my

    style, it’s gotten so much better.

    This book was just so much more personal. m&h felt like a ton of blanket statements and tumblr posts, but this one had quotes that actually made me sit back and go “whoa.”

    AMAZING.

    This book adds on an entire section about immigration and refugees, and I thought it was new and powerful as opposed to only talking about feminism, the body, and self-love. also, brown girls NEED to pick up this book. there is so much positivity and messages about acceptance of your skin.

    i will say, if you decide to pick this up, don't give up hope until you reach part 2. The whole first part seems like it was a step back from milk & honey? milk and honey was so feminist and focused on recovery and self-love and some of the poems in the first part were like “TELL ME I’M PRETTY I NEED VALIDATION” and stuff like that and I was like ??????? It started out really weak but definitely got better.

    Lastly, another thing I wasn’t a huge fan of is none of her poems use punctuation. She had some longer poems unlike anything she had in m&h, but most of those just employed really long-winded run-on sentences and I wasn’t a huge fan of that style. Because of that, it was hard to tell sometimes when one poem ended and another begun because none were punctuated, some didn’t have titles, some were just one sentence, etc.

    Regardless, I'm sorta speechless because I expected to hate this and I actually enjoyed it so much. Several of the poems gave me chills. If you gave up hope after milk & honey, definitely think about trying this from a library or something because it is a MAJOR improvement and I think its messages are valuable, and nothing about this feels like a regurgitation of a Tumblr post.

  • Megan Singh

    I don't know where to begin. Listen, as a Punjabi woman of course I gave Rupi a try - that's what we brown girls do, we hold each other up and support each other like crazy because who else will? However, I think we should also be able to speak up when the work just doesn't cut it. Being critical is simply tough love - so don't be so quick to dismiss my negative feeback.

    First of all, half of this book are one-liners from her first book, and most of her longer pieces felt lazy and ill-thought out

    I don't know where to begin. Listen, as a Punjabi woman of course I gave Rupi a try - that's what we brown girls do, we hold each other up and support each other like crazy because who else will? However, I think we should also be able to speak up when the work just doesn't cut it. Being critical is simply tough love - so don't be so quick to dismiss my negative feeback.

    First of all, half of this book are one-liners from her first book, and most of her longer pieces felt lazy and ill-thought out. I found myself skipping/ losing interest through most of them. Furthermore, I just can't ignore the more popular pieces she has claimed as her own when any avid reader can tell you they are not.

    Example 1 :

    "you must see no worth in yourself

    if you find me worth less

    after you've touched me

    as if your hands on my body

    magnify you

    and reduce me to nothing" - rupi kaur

    sounds awfully familiar to my favorite quote by Kaija Sabbah:

    “If you consider a woman less pure after you’ve touched her

    maybe you should take a looks at your hands.”

    Example 2: (This is from her first book)

    "She was music, but he had his ears cut off" - Rupi Kaur

    "She was like a piano in a country where everyone has had their hands cut off." - Angela Carter

    Example 3:

    "a

    man

    who cries"

    - rupi kaur

    "i want more men

    with flowers falling from their skin

    more water in their eyes

    more tremble in their hands

    more women in their hearts

    than on their bodies

    more softness in their height

    more honesty in their voice more wonder

    more humility in their eyes."

    - Nayyirah Waheed

    The pieces speaking about some of the hardest topics seem so surface level, I felt wrong reading it. I would never give this to my daughter. Not to mention the randomly sprinkled poems talking about her being an immigrant, all of them felt so out of place and awkward next to her other pieces.

    Anyways, I could go on and on about how much her work mirrors the work of lesser-known authors, but I think the smart readers already know this. As a Punjabi woman, I wish we were better represented. I feel let down and embarrassed by this author and would never recommend it to anyone.

    I can only hope she grows up one day and finally finds her voice.

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)

    *Thank you so much to Indigo for surprising me with a copy of this!*

    I never read Milk & Honey. It just seemed like such a fad thing, I had no interest in it. I tend to prefer traditional poetry. It's just my inner English major coming out I suppose! That being said, I enjoyed this more than I had expected. I didn't love the whole thing, but there were some poems that I really loved. The poetic style is quite simplistic and some quotes I felt like were reworded versions of things I've seen be

    *Thank you so much to Indigo for surprising me with a copy of this!*

    I never read Milk & Honey. It just seemed like such a fad thing, I had no interest in it. I tend to prefer traditional poetry. It's just my inner English major coming out I suppose! That being said, I enjoyed this more than I had expected. I didn't love the whole thing, but there were some poems that I really loved. The poetic style is quite simplistic and some quotes I felt like were reworded versions of things I've seen before. But, I liked the fact that this collection dealt with femininity, immigration, and self love. The topics were well developed and the poems were short, but packed a punch. Not sure if I'll now pick up Milk & Honey. We'll see!

  • Julia Miller

    Rupi, you have my heart ❤ beautifully written and ohhh the art :‘)

    Rupi, you have my heart ❤️ beautifully written and ohhh the art :‘)

  • Elyse

    Beautiful...

    The range of emotions are all felt ... sadness, anger, loss, grief, pride, guilt, fear, nervousness, shame, joy, surprise, love ....

    These stories/ poems are heartfelt...

    rupi kaur is a lovely gift to the world.

    “for so long i was lost in a place where there was no sun, where there grew no flowers. but something i loved would emerge and bring me to life again”.

    I love “Milk and Honey”...

    and I equally love “the sun and her flowers”. The one complaint is that I wanted to buy this book

    Beautiful...

    The range of emotions are all felt ... sadness, anger, loss, grief, pride, guilt, fear, nervousness, shame, joy, surprise, love ....

    These stories/ poems are heartfelt...

    rupi kaur is a lovely gift to the world.

    “for so long i was lost in a place where there was no sun, where there grew no flowers. but something i loved would emerge and bring me to life again”.

    I love “Milk and Honey”...

    and I equally love “the sun and her flowers”. The one complaint is that I wanted to buy this book in a hard copy -

    so far it’s only come out in a paper copy.

    rupi kaur writes about sensitive topics with piercing imagination.

    Introspective and tender ...really wonderful!

  • maybelline™

    Am I reading this book bc my reading challenge is getting a little out of control??? Psshshhhhh no, of course not

    would you think something so preposterous ????

    Anyways so I read Milk and Honey last year and I sorta loved it and when I HEARD there was another one I was like yes this woman can write gimme some more

    And that’s what this book is

    But its better than milk and honey imo

    the illustrations are ABSOLUTELY perfection, I love t

    Am I reading this book bc my reading challenge is getting a little out of control??? Psshshhhhh no, of course not

    would you think something so preposterous ????

    Anyways so I read Milk and Honey last year and I sorta loved it and when I HEARD there was another one I was like yes this woman can write gimme some more

    And that’s what this book is

    But its better than milk and honey imo

    the illustrations are ABSOLUTELY perfection, I love them so much they add so much depth to the poems.

    For all them haters who are like “these are just relatable tumblr posts that someone pressed the enter key too many times” well yes, you’re right BUT THEYRE BEAUTIFUL TOO

    I love a lot of the concepts that are talked about. Love and acceptance and liberty and compassion, I think the author covered a whole lot of topics and translated them into such beautiful, beautiful, beautiful words like wow give me that talent lady where did you get it from

    Just like a really inspiring, uplifting poem book that you can finish in 20 minutes

    4 stars!!

  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    I totally confess I haven't read poetry in like...forever. I'm kind of terrified of it?! I generally don't "get it" and spent my entire highschool life learning to sprint in order to get away from it. Tbh I'm a great sprinter now so things work out wow go me.

    , I really did want to give this a go when I was sent it for review and

    It's like so empowering and the words were pretty and like?!?? I think I really like this typ

    I totally confess I haven't read poetry in like...forever. I'm kind of terrified of it?! I generally don't "get it" and spent my entire highschool life learning to sprint in order to get away from it. Tbh I'm a great sprinter now so things work out wow go me.

    , I really did want to give this a go when I was sent it for review and

    It's like so empowering and the words were pretty and like?!?? I think I really like this type of poetry!

    So I know nothing about poetry hhhaha.

    That seems like a weirdly simple thing to say?! But they fit SO NICELY. And I totally understand why this author is loved and famous!

    • it's all about loss and growing and heartache and self-love

    • it's

    powerful

    • so so feminist

    • there's a lot of dark themes here too

    • it talks a lot about depression and rape

    • it talks about immigration and representation

    • and there's a lot of sex

    • and a lot of flowers

    • and SUCH good but simple illustrations

    • honestly why aren't all books illustrated I would like this

    There were a few things that didn't really work for me: (A) there's a lot of talk about sex and that's not my thing haha, (B) it talked a lot about adulthood and I'm allergic and, (C) it talks a lot about relationships and breakups and first love and like...I'm also allergic.

    Some of the poems SO stood out to me and I would love to read her first collection

    now!! It's really empowering and beautiful about change and growing and healing and I LIKED THE WORDS.

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