Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Pride 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.
AUTHOR: Ibi Zoboi, narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo
LENGTH: 304 pages (6 hours 8 minutes)
AGE: Young Adult
GENRE: Contemporary, Romance
Queer Rep Summary: No canon queer rep. A secondary character is possibly GNC.
PRIDE retells Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. Ibi Zoboi makes this story fresh and new, placing old worries and new love in a modern context so seamlessly that you don't have to be familiar with the original to be pulled into Zuri's world. Her love for her family shines through, and her rapport with Darius Darcy has a wonderful mix of tension and romance. Elizabeth Acevedo's performance as the audiobook narrator is so perfect, bringing the story to life and making me believe that she is Zuri.
CW for sexual content (brief), ableist language (brief), alcohol, child abuse (brief), sexual harassment (not depicted).
TW for Harry Potter reference (brief).
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