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.
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About the Author
Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Horn Book, and The Rumpus, among others. She is the author of American Street, a National Book Award finalist, and Pride. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their three children. You can find her online at www.ibizoboi.net.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am not a classics kind of person, so when this book's title and synopsis was released, I wasn't chomping at the bit to get to it. Until I saw it was by Ibi Zoboi. And now after reading this, I can honestly say that I can see myself giving the original classic a chance. That's how much I enjoyed this. Zuri and her family have lived in their own corner of Brooklyn their entire life. They know everyone and everything that happens in their hood. And then something she doesn't expect happens. A wealthy family moves in across the street and they go against everything that the hood Zuri knows stands for. But as their story unfolds, Zuri realizes she doesn't know as much as she thought she did. The ONLY reason I didn't give this 5 stars was Zuri and her attitude. I'm not sure if that's how the characters in the original story is, but she was a little too prideful for me. I hated that because that was once me, except I was the Darius character. We don't act as if we're better than anyone, its just the way we were raised. I got in many a fight over that when I was in middle school because people said that. It hurt just as much reading it as it did when I went through it back then. I just really wanted Zuri to realize she was doing the very thing she was accusing him of doing. As for the re-telling, I read the Sparknotes (don't judge me) and from what I can tell it was a solid re-telling. All the biggest events from it were in the book, but with its own spin and I loved that. Even though it was telling a different story, it still was able to tell its own. As for the romance, I wasn't really convinced with it. I'm not sure if the abrupt change from hating each other to being in love was the same in the original, but it didn't work for me here. I couldn't really define the place where she really began falling for him. It just seemed forced and not natural. As for the plot, I really did like the spin of gentrification. As much as I want to read a rom com with black leads, I love contemporary romances with heavy, hard hitting issues too. And this was one of them. It wasn't something I knew I needed until I read it. And sometimes, those are the best reads. After missing American Street when it released last year, I wasn't missing Ibi Zoboi's sophomore book for anything. And I'm so glad I didn't. Although this wasn't something I was expecting to like, it surprised me and got me interested in the story by Jane Austen. I'm hoping to try my luck with that one soon too!
I think my favorite part of Pride and Prejudice is the tension and the build up and the butterflies I get in my stomach every time I read it! Because of that, one of my main requirements for a retelling is the butterflies! Above everything else, I judge retellings on the feelings they give me. Did it capture the heart of the story? Did I get butterflies? Could I feel the progression as they slowly fell in love? In the case of Pride by Ibi Zoboi, it 100% did. I got butterflies and everything!! On a more technical aspect (i.e. not butterflies) I really enjoyed this spin on Pride and Prejudice. It was set in modern day Brooklyn, and I loved Zuri, this story’s Elizabeth. She was the perfect mix of haughty pride, steely prejudice, and sassy strength. I thought it was very well written. You could tell who all the characters were and they were all perfectly represented. Ibi Zoboi managed to transform all the characters into modern day Brooklyn without losing their core personalities. I never would have thought that a 21st Century Afro-Latino Woman and a Regency Era Caucasian Woman could be so similar, but Ibi Zoboi pulled it off. Elizabeth and Zuri live in two completely different worlds and are two completely different people, and yet, somehow, they are the same. I’m not explaining it right, but it was pretty amazing. I have read plenty of modern day retellings, but the main character is always a well off white woman. And most of those retellings still failed to capture the spirit of Elizabeth. But somehow Ibi Zoboi managed to take Elizabeth and completely flip her surroundings and still stayed true to form. I would highly recommend this to anyone, whether or not they have read Pride and Prejudice. Its a great book in its own right, and it is made even better by the fact that it is a Pride and Prejudice retelling.
This story is everything.
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, so I'm always looking for a good retelling. When I first heard about PRIDE, I was over the moon. An #ownvoices version of the beloved classic has long been needed. And Pride really did the original justice, while managing to bring it's own charm to the table. As a P&P retelling, I thought PRIDE did a great job. Zoboi really stuck to the original material and it just worked so well in her setting. The characters didn't feel like copycats of the originals, but they did feel inspired by. The whole book is a great example of a retelling that's obviously inspired by the original, but has its own flare, enough uniqueness to make it stand out in a sea of retellings. There were a few times that it fell flat for me, though. Some character interactions felt forced. And where Zuri really shone as a modern Lizzie, Darius(the Darcy of this story) didn't quite live up to the character. Overall, I enjoyed PRIDE quite a lot, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of contemporary or anyone just looking for a solid Austen retelling. The fact that it's an #ownvoices book really is the cherry on top, and Zoboi's voice, the world she's build while staying true to a timeless story are the best things about this one.
I really enjoyed this! The ending felt too rushed for me - which took away from the believability and wrapped up some things too cleanly - but aside from wanting like 50 more pages, I thought this was a really fun take on Pride and Prejudice. This is exactly the kind of retelling I've been waiting for since I first read Austen's classic.
This retelling of Pride & Prejudice brings out so much more of the story in a modern setting, while also keeping its soul. The plot, while mostly following the path of the original story, brings in themes of gentrification, cultural identity and worldly experiences into the mix. Zuri Benitez, our Liz Bennet, has lived in Bushwick her whole life – and feels very strongly about her community, and takes pride in her heritage and identity as an AfroLatinx woman. When the affluent Darcys move opposite their house, Zuri sees that her community is being looked down upon and DOES NOT LIKE IT. Prominently, she hates Darius (the Fitzwilliam Darcy of this story) and what begins is a delightful hate-to-love story that also makes place for her personal aspirations. The story picks up key scenes from the original and renders them in the modern setting. Zuri’s older sister Janae starting to fall for Dariu’s older brother (yeah, instead of his friend) is being blocked by Darius because of a silly comment her younger sister makes. The neighborhood pretty much rooting for the older Benitez sisters to marry the Darcy boys. Darcy’s awkward attempts to ask her out, and the other guy Warren who seems like the kind of black boy she likes both confuse Zuri on what she should be feeling. And a chief theme of the story – Darius’ condescension towards the Bushwick neighborhood and what he considers an overly involved parcel of the city, and Zuri’s judgmental condemnation of the Darcy’s black identity coming out as resentment. Lastly, the story brings out the familial dynamics of both families as well as the sisterly bonds in the Benitezes very well. A key character development is Zuri – she goes from being a judgement prickly person who responds to any question with scathing comments, to appreciating new experiences accepting change, and not being a tool because someone’s version of being Black doesn’t match up with hers. Darius confronts her on her pride about her worldview, and on a trip to a college campus, she sees the various ways you can find a community and still keep your pride. While this is definitely a novel about Black identity, I think this particular part will also resonate with diaspora people.