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Libro.FM ALC’s: April Reviews

Libro.FM offered six audiobooks for April and I chose three to download, listen to and review. One of the titles was Anna K Away by Jenny Lee, which is the sequel to Anna K, which I haven’t read yet so I haven’t started Anna K Away, once I’ve read both I’ll add my review to this post. The first audiobook I listened to from the April choices was The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman and the second was Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge. I had previously listened to Amanda Gorman perform The Hill We Climb during President Biden’s inauguration but I wasn’t familiar with Libertie at all.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Cover image of the audiobook of The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman.

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special gift edition. Including an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, this keepsake celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.

The Hill We Climb is a truly empowering and beautiful poem. I loved this poem the first time I heard it when Amanda Gorman performed The Hill We Climb at President Biden’s inauguration, listening to the audiobook gave me the chance to pause and let the words sink in. The Hill We Climb is true reflection of the tumultuous period of time leading up to the present day and yet it’s also a prayer for a better, more hopeful future. A powerful and breath-taking poem which I will listen to often.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

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.

Cover image of the audiobook of Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Libertie had a very promising premise, a story about a young Black girl who was born free to a lighter skinned mother, but who has different aspirations and hopes for her future than the ones of her physician mother. I loved reading about the relationship between Libertie and her mother, and the different challenges they both had to overcome. The first half of the book focuses almost entirely on Libertie’s youth, so much so that I began to wonder if the synopsis was wrong about the events of the novel, around halfway into the story was when the second half of the synopsis began to play out and unfortunately I didn’t find it as interesting as the first half of the novel. The author wrote such a brilliant bond between mother and daughter, I would have loved for the entire novel to explore their relationship more thoroughly.

rating to come

Anna K Away by Jenny Lee

Cover image of the audiobook of Anna K Away by Jenny Lee.

How the mighty have fallen. Anna K, once the golden girl of Greenwich, CT, and New York City, has been brought low by a scandalous sex tape and the tragic death of her first love, Alexia Vronsky. At the beginning of the summer, her father takes her to the other side of the world, to connect with his family in South Korea and hide her away. Is Anna in exile? Or could this be her chance to figure out who she really is?
Back in the U.S., Lolly has forgiven Steven for cheating on her, and their relationship feels stronger than ever. But when Lolly meets a boy at her beloved theater camp, she has to ask herself how well Steven will ever really know her. Meanwhile, in Manhattan, everything between Kimmie and her new boyfriend, Dustin, is easy–except when it comes to finally having sex. And Bea escapes to LA, running away from her grief at her beloved cousin’s death, until a beautiful stranger steals her heart. Is Bea ready to finally forgive Anna, and let herself truly fall in love for the very first time?

review to come

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