Pride by Ibi ZoboiPride by Ibi Zoboi

Pride

byIbi Zoboi

Hardcover | September 18, 2018

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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.

Title:PrideFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:September 18, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062564048

ISBN - 13:9780062564047

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant love! Fresh and contemporary, friendly for teens as well as adults. Love this retelling, great story with an appropriate ending. A page turner that flew right by!
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Contemporary Pride and Prejudice “It is a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it is a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing that they want to do is clean it up.” (Zoboi, Ibi. Pride, 2018, p1) The first line in the novel made me smile in glee as the beginning of this sentence echoes one of my favourite lines in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The remainder of the sentence echoes what is suggested in the rest of the novel: the gentrification of a neighbourhood that, on the outside, may look neglected. Pride depicts a young woman’s pride in her neighbourhood and in her culture. Zuri (Zoboi’s Elizabeth Bennet) is comfortable with her culture and has no shame of her roots. She does not immediately take to Darius Darcy as he does not appear to fit in with the neighbourhood, nor does he behave in the way Zuri believes he ought to. Her prejudice reflects the prejudice of Austen’s Elizabeth albeit in different surroundings. In addition, Zoboi adeptly transforms the setting of Austen’s novel into a modern day Brooklyn while embedding the prejudices that people living in the environment may embrace. The neighbourhood described in Pride is unknown to me; and I am not intimate with its culture. Tidbits are added to my knowledge as I read the story – tidbits that are subtly woven into the story. Yet the romance described is a well-known story of two young people who come to know one another and fall in love. This is a story that transcends time. I love how Zoboi wove a well-loved and well-known story into a story of her own. The story that she created is a contemporary one and is well suited for a young teenager of colour. Yet Pride is not so far from the original that the reader cannot make the connection. I enjoyed this reworking of Austen’s novel and will surely read it again in the future. If you are a fan of Austen’s novel, you will enjoy this retelling. And if you do not know Pride and Prejudice, you will enjoy this romance for being a story of our times.
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fantastic retelling Pride is a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice, set in the US and featuring a POC as the main character. It’s so well done. Zuri (ZZ), her family, and her neighbourhood are so vibrant, warm and grounded. It’s excellently written and drew me in very quickly. I actually ended up reading it all in a single day. The flow and pacing was perfect - nothing felt disjointed or drawn out. A large part of the plot focused on gentrification, and what happens to the people living in ZZ’s neighbourhood. It all starts when the Darcys build a monster house and move in. ZZ hates them immediately. She is understandably fearful of change, but at times her reaction seems a bit extreme. That was the only bit that jarred me as I was reading. Fortunately, she seemed to balance out a bit as the story progressed.
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great YA contemporary with a spin on an old favourite! 4.5 stars! If you liked Ayesha at Last, if you LOVED Pride and Prejudice (and even if you didn't!), you're going to love Pride. A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Pride tells the story of Zuri Benitez, an Afro-Latina teen whose family and community mean the world to her. But her world is turned on its edge when a couple of very bougie (but very beautiful) boys move into the newly renovated mansion across the street. Zuri is determined not to get distracted by the boy she's trying desperately to hate, choosing to throw herself into her application to Howard University (seen in the book in the form of poetry throughout) instead. This book was excellent and is the perfect YA contemporary. Fans of the original will find themselves scanning the pages of this beautifully lyrical book for comparisons to the original, and those who found the original inaccessible may see versions of themselves in the characters of Zoboi's triumphant novel. This book has a little something for everyone, and even better yet, each of those somethings is told in a style that made me mark up the pages of my book to mark the words for future perusal. *Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review* #indigoemployee
Date published: 2018-08-30

Editorial Reviews

Praise for AMERICAN STREET: “Zoboi’s nascent storytelling gifts ensnare from page one. To this spellbinding voice of the next generation, I bow.”