After much hype and discussion, I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and read Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur. To my surprise it was not what I was expecting, but I agree that this particular poetry book deserves all the attention it received. Written with beautiful precision and progression composed within four chapters; The Hurting, The Longing, The Breaking and The Healing. Rupi’s story begins with heartbreak, deception and molestation/rape. (The Hurting) As she grows she enters what we would title an “emotionally and mentally abusive relationship”. She discusses manipulation, alternative motives and longing. Manipulation by a man, him not in love with her and only using her for intercourse, and her longing to feel true unconditional love that is not being provided. (The Longing) Like any true poet she experiences even more heartbreak through an emotional hurricane of a break up resulting in anger, frustration, sorrow and eventually landing with clarity and epiphany. (The Breaking) Her final chapter embraces inner strength, femininity and how one’s self worth is based on their inner beliefs / thoughts and not based on what your partner says. (The Healing) Having been though an emotionally and mentally abusive relationship before, a poem from Chapter 2 – The Breaking on page 210 spoke volumes to me. It read “i didn’t leave because i stopped loving you i left because the longer i stayed the less i loved myself”. This was just a taste of the honesty she provides. Trust me when I say with poems as blunt and provocative as hers, one will thoroughly enjoy this read.