This book describes a woman’s life through poetry. What makes this book unique, is that it’s not only about love and heartbreak but also about abuse, loss, and femininity and even though heartbreaking topics come across, it’s still a very optimistic book. The writer Rupi Kaur poured her heart out in this book which makes it easy to relate to. The book has been divided into four chapters: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. I think this is a fantastic concept and it’s one of the reasons why I bought this book. Another reason was that so many people I know were talking about it and recommending it.
The first chapter ‘The Hurting’ is mostly about (sexual) abuse and trauma and consist of some devastating poems. It’s well-written in a very raw way which makes you angry that things like that happen. ‘The Loving’ is about finding and learning to love yourself and others but also about sexual wants and needs. The third chapter ‘The Breaking’ is about all the feelings you have after a breakup. It’s my favourite chapter and contains one of my favourite poems:
The biggest part of the book consists of small poems but this chapter contains mostly long poems. The last chapter ‘The Healing’ is a perfect ending to the book that actually feels like a long journey. It gives hope and motivation to keep on living and shows how beautiful life is after all. It’s a very sweet chapter and shows what Rupi Kaur is like (sweet, kind, good-hearted!). Even the epilogue makes you love Rupi more. I immediately started following her on social media and watched her speeches online because I got curious and felt like she could be an even greater inspiration to me. The book is also full of pretty illustrations that add up to the meanings of the poems.
I truly recommend you this book if you like simple but good poetry that you can relate to or just need to feel less lonely and more loved.
Here’s one more poem from the book: