Hello, lovelies! Today I’m going to review two books : Ripped Pages by M. Hollis and The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. The first is a novella and the second is a poem book, and there are some common subjects in these two that I’ll love to talk about more, that’s why I’m writing only one review for both of these.
Let’s start with the first I read – The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur.
Kaur’s first book, Milk and Honey, was a huge success and after that, everyone had great expectations for The Sun and Her Flowers. I have to admit (with shame) that I didn’t know about this release until it came out, but as soon as I found out, I was so pumped about it. I needed to have it. And Rupi Kaur did not disappoint. The poems were raw, they were powerful and the author didn’t shy away from speaking of her traumatic experiences. I adored how much emphasis she put on education, how she spoke of women being oppressed in her culture, how she’s turning her grief in art.
otherwise the butterfly
surrounded by a group of moths
unable to see itself.
will keep trying to become the moth
That quote is everything. As a white cis straight female, I never questioned the importance of representation until I’ve started reading more books on feminism, that included diverse characters. I grew up in a mostly white country, where the LGBT community isn’t supported as for now because of religious matters, and while I could sense injustice, it wasn’t until I read more and got myself educated on these matters, that I really started to understand the magnitude of those injustices.
That’s why we need more books and more movies that include representation, because there’s no other way to make people aware of some social aspects, they’re ignorant about.
“we need more love
not from men
but from ourselves
and each other.”
The feminism aspects were amazing and they are very important to our present situation. They talk of internalised misogyny, slut-shaming, the rape culture, oppression and girl power. The poems are raw and they speak of hurtful things, they speak of experiences that would have never happened if our society was not broken. And that’s why this book is special because it shows us the worst and best sides of humanity.
Ripped Pages by M.Hollis
❝For the girls who always wanted to fall in love with a princess.❞
Ripped Pages is a lesbian retelling of Rapunzel, where princesses don’t need men to save them, where women can kiss other women, where women can have adventures and become heroes, not stay forever damsels in distress. This is a novella, so you will have no difficulty reading it, the writing flows, you’ll fall in love with the characters instantly and want them to make it. I’ve been rooting for Valentina and Agnes since the very beginning and I adored them because they’re that adorable.
- I loved the fact that there was no evil step-mother, but an evil father. Because it’s good not to put women against each other from time to time, you know?
- I loved the creativity. I loved M.Hollis’ brave ideas and I really hope she will re-write more fairy-tales like she claimed she would love to do. Because we need more of those. We need people to know that it’s okay to love whoever you love.
- Definitely go and read it!
If you’re looking for some diverse reads, do try these two books! You won’t regret it, I promise!
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them?