Review: the sun and her flowers

the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

My first review of 2018!! Whoop whoop! If you haven’t already, check out the rant I did about the response to this book.


From Goodreads

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Timesbestselling 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 wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.


4.5/5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. Kaur has a way with poetry that I really connect with. I think that’s what made her so famous initially; our generation could understand and connect with her poetry, which I have a harder time doing with other poets. So many poems in this collections brought me close to tears. Kaur really has a way with words and has such an incredible ability to describe exactly how something feels. I was blown away by her fearlessness to tell it like it is. Even the ones I couldn’t relate to were so raw and emotional that I felt like I understood what she was going through.

The book is divided into five sections: wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. Each had it’s distinct message, but they weren’t all executed equally. I think my favourite section overall was rising, closely followed by rooting.

I thought falling, rooting, and rising were the most cohesive sections. They each had a clear message and I thought all the poems in those sections were related. Wilting and blooming, on the other hand, I found to be less cohesive. They had their message, but there were some poems that seemed randomly thrown in and I didn’t really understand why they were related to the message.

Also, I thought rooting was somewhat unrelated to the others. It was one of my favourite sections and I loved reading about her parents, especially her mom. However, it focuses heavily on their immigration, which seemed out of place in this book that was largely about love. Like I said, I loved this section and wish it was longer, I just also didn’t think it fit with the other sections. I do understand it’s purpose in this collection, it was just less obvious.

I loved all the illustrations in the book too. They really added to a lot of the poems and I really enjoyed them.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

Thanks so much for reading! xx

4 thoughts on “Review: the sun and her flowers

  1. My friend got me this book for Christmas and I’m so excited to read it. I’ve read about the first two to three pages but made myself put it down…I need to read some NetGalley books and other book requests first…but it will come!

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  2. I always find it fascinating to hear about modern poets. It seems to be a genre that’s not considered much anymore (except in song lyrics) while it used to be a huge part of our culture. Great to hear that poetry is still alive!

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