A Review On Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

In the time of slavery, Libertie is the story of Libertie Samson and how she begins to discover being a Black woman in a time of men. Throughout her life, Libertie is brought different situations, talking about race, colorism, as well as issues on slavery. Each point that was talked about hit so many different topics that showed that even through fiction, you can learn a lot. I gave Libertie four stars, enjoying how each turn of the page made me…

Book: Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: March 30, 2021
(Thank you NetGalley for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review)
Happy Release Day!!
Tags: Young Adult, historical fiction, race, feminism, culture
Links: Goodreads | Ebook | Paperback | HardbackAudiobook
Read: March 29, 2021 to March 30, 2021

Welcome to my review for the Libertie blog tour!


Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson was all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, had a vision for their future together: Libertie would go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else—is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark.

When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Spoiler Free Review

In the time of slavery, Libertie is the story of Libertie Samson and how she begins to discover being a Black woman in a time of men. Throughout her life, Libertie is brought different situations, talking about race, colorism, as well as issues on slavery. Each point that was talked about hit so many different topics that showed that even through fiction, you can learn a lot.

I gave Libertie four stars, enjoying how each turn of the page made me think twice about what I was reading. It showed the in depth relationship of a mother and daughter and how not everything goes as smoothly as some show. One of my favorite aspects was how Libertie’s mother was there for her and even though there were occasional bumps between the two, Libertie’s mother was still there for her no matter what.

Libertie was well executed in terms of history and I loved the inclusion of having free Black woman as doctors and showing the power that women can truly have was something I thoroughly enjoyed and continued to love as I read Libertie. There were so many things while reading that I truly enjoyed and I think that Libertie really tackles controversial topics and I think that this was amazingly well written.

Thank you to NetGalley and Algonquin Books for inviting me to the Libertie Blog Tour and for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I hope you guys have a great day, please like and comment down below if you enjoyed this book as well or if you plan on reading it!

Loves,

Veronica Chen

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