Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poems that every teenage girl should read. I’ve read it all the way through in one sitting at least three times, and time and time again, I look through it and reread some of my favorites when I’m having a rough day. The book is split up into four personal chapters, each dealing with something different that we go through on a daily basis, embellished with simple sketches that mean a lot more than what first meets the eye. Kaur tells a personal, heartfelt story of love, loss, pain, and healing that anyone can relate to, and inspires people to write their way to healing.

The book has a wide variety of poems, each page making you feel something different inside. Whether it’s sad, angry, hopeful, or empowering, each and every poem is truly moving.

This is one of my favorites:

i want to apologize to all the women
i have called pretty
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is the most you have to be proud of                           when your spirit has crushed mountains
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re pretty
but because you are so much more than that 

We often feel like we’re alone, like we’re the only person in the world who is going through challenging situations, and this book certainly helped me realize that we’re wrong in thinking that. So if you’re in love, suffering, on the path to healing, or just love poetry, you should definitely give this book a read!

Riya (Teen Blogger)