Book Review – Pride by Ibi Zoboi

pridePride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street.

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.

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I really enjoyed Pride, and it was everything I thought a modern day own voices retelling of Pride and Prejudice should be. That said… I’ve not actually read P&P. *hides* 🙈 I’ve read the zombies one, does that count?? 😂😂

So now I’ve been open about my shameful confession, I shall move on!

Zuri is a fiercely awesome main character. Far from perfect, but protective and all about her family in a way that rang true for me. And her poetry was gorgeous, and that’s coming from someone who’s not into poetry at all. Ibi Zoboi is a wordsmith and a half. 💙

The Benitez sisters were fab, their whole family seemed so real, as did Madringa. I have never visited a neighbourhood like theirs, but it felt like I was there on every page. I’m a white Brit, so I can’t really compare to anything, but it felt like it should, given its being described by someone who loves their home. And the sense of community was lovely.

I have to say that I felt the Darcy brothers, and their family, fell a little flat for me. But compared to Zuri literally shining off the page, perhaps anyone would!

A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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