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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.

Publisher: 2018.
ISBN: 9780062564078
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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ArapahoeMary Nov 21, 2018

This retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, tackles issues of racism, classism and gentrification in one really engaging story. Plus, romance!

OPL_KrisC Nov 08, 2018

A retelling of Pride & Prejudice set in present day with an urban twist and an absolutely gorgeous cover!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Nov 04, 2018

I love what Zoboi did with this. Using P&P, a story about a time and place with strict behavioral norms, as the basis for a contemporary African American romance worked really, really well! It also helped me see things about the world I might not have noticed otherwise.

Oct 22, 2018

Pride and Prejudice provides a framework but Zoboi makes Pride modern and vibrant and I loved this version, too. Set in a neighbourhood of Brooklyn, and ranging throughout New York City, our girl and her nemesis live across the street from each other. Suitable for 13 and up. (Our heroine is in Grade 11 and applying for university.) Highly recommended.

Sep 19, 2018

One of the striking things about Jane Austen’s novels is her sharp eye for characterization—and sometimes caricature. Zoboi takes a somewhat softer approach to her characters, few of whom are as harshly delineated as their Austenian counterparts. Zuri’s parents, for example, are decidedly in love, and while Mama Benitez can still be a source of embarrassment, there is a respect between the parents that does not exist between the original Bennets. And Carrie, who parallels Caroline Bingley, shows a softer side in the end when she helps protect Zuri’s sister Layla from Warren’s predations. Part of this is likely related to Zoboi’s strong community theme for Pride. She is depicting the positive sides of Zuri’s Bushwick, and a big part of that is the way the people support and look out for one another. She freely loosens the relationship to the source material in service of this theme. Madrina, for example, is not an exact analogue to anyone from Pride and Prejudice. She has aspects of Aunt Gardener, but she also in some ways represents Mr. Bennet and the entail of Longbourn, since she is the owner of the building Zuri’s family has lived in her entire life. Zoboi strikes the right balance between the fun of recognizing the source material, and the need to tell her own story.

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Aug 15, 2018

Title: Pride
Author: IbI Zoboi
Number of pages: 289
My impression of this book is overall very dumbfounded. I really like how the author portrayed an all black family, living in a fairly small neighbourhood with black and white people. The author IbI Zoboi was born in Port au Prince, Haiti. From there she went Vermont College and holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults she currently lives in brooklyn with her husband and three children.
The significance of the work and effort put in this book is astonishing, it talks stereotypes, judgement and acceptance of others and for who they are. This book takes place in bushwick, brooklyn, the Northern part of New York City where the Beneitez family lives.
The main character wants nothing to do with the new neighbours that have arrived in their neighbourhood from across the street but, Zuri gets herself involved. Her sister Janae is home for the summer from college.
Not to far along the novel Janae starts starts to hang out at the new family’s house across the street and she ends up dating Ainsley, older brother of Darius. I find that this book is very interesting because the author talks about some things that happen in the city like how people offer you help with moving in or that people often are very loud and have outdoor get together parties, it’s definitely a place where there’s always something going on, events, get togethers, music and etc. Zuri and I are similar in ways I didn’t expect.
My first thoughts on when I read the back of the book to see what it’s about were my inner thoughts expected that Zuri would be a bit more quiet and reserved like her sister and her older sister would be more loud and outgoing but it was the other way around which I don’t always see in books. Zuri has a lot of pride in her hood background and that comes with a lot of confidence and not letting anyone treat her, her friends or family badly. She is definitely the kind of older sister I’ve always aspired to have.
This book is unquestionably a must read novel that recommended for teens to enjoy, laughter, frustration, love and other emotions I experienced in this book. One thing I would have loved in this book if it talked about darius’s point of view in the novel so the readers could get to know a bit about his family, why exactly a rich family moved into the hood and stories of his past life from his childhood and more information about why him and Warren hate each other's guts. Overall this is a solid four out of five stars. Thank you IbI Zoboi for writing this book you came from a country where it’s not that common for haitians to become writers or to have the tools and money to go to a school outside of the Western Hemisphere where a lot of families don’t have much. I myself am Haitian so it was good to hear a Haitian author.


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Sep 19, 2018

uri Benitez is an Afro-Latinx soon-to-be-senior from Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighbourhood. She is looking forward to a summer spent with her sister Janae, who is about to return from her first year of college, even though it will be tight quarters with five Benitez sisters packed into one oversize bedroom in their old apartment. But everything changes when the Darcy family moves into the newly built mini-mansion across the street, heralding the gentrification of Zuri’s beloved neighbourhood. Zuri dreams of going to college, and then coming back to serve her community, but will there be anything left of it by then? The wealthy, black Darcys don’t really fit into the hood, and to Zuri their money represents everything that is slowly destroying her piece of the world. But Janae falls hard for Ainsley, even as Zuri gets off to a bad start with his younger brother Darius. She would much rather spend her time with Warren, a boy from the neighbourhood who gets where she is coming from, but also attends an elite secondary school, suggesting he has a bright future ahead of him. But it is Warren’s past that she should really be concerned about, and it is Darius who seems to hold the key to that story.


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Sep 19, 2018

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it’s a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to do is clean it up.


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