- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (September 18, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062564048
- ISBN-13: 978-0062564047
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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 this 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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The romance is realistic, while the drama can feel a little... Inflated, maybe? Pushed a little far sort of, it still felt good. Not truly unrealistic if that makes sense. I loved the characters, maybe more than the original Pride and Prejudice, even. Our main female lead pulled no punches, stood up for herself, and called people on their crap. Definitely refreshing after a lot of meek female leads in past years.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this to romance fans because even if this isn't a perfect rewriting of Pride and Prejudice, it was similar enough for me, and I loved it.
Story: Zuri Luz Benitez lives with her Hatian-Domingian family in inner New York City. They like it there and are comfortable with 'the hood'. But then a wealthy family moves in across the street and remodels a dilapidated old mansion. Zuri's older sister Janae is immediately taken with the eldest son Ainsley. Zuri, however, has a complicated relationship with younger brother Darius. Can the 'bougey' and "Z from the hood' find common ground?
For me, what always drew me to Pride and Prejudice was Elizabeth's quiet intelligence. It's not about yelling at people all the time, insulting them, putting them down for silly reasons. Elizabeth was respected for that quiet intelligence and that is what drew Darcy to her. But here, Zuri is very obnoxious and talks like the 'hood'. We are supposed to believe there is an intelligent girl there - everyone tells her that and hey, she writes poetry all the time! So she must be smart, right? The problem here is that she never does or says anything smart at all. Or even witty. If anything, she's fairly vapid, loud, and constantly insults Darius. Why does he even like her? I sure didn't. I couldn't help but feel that she could have been updated in a way where she was still very intelligent and witty without having to insult/annoy/stomp around so much like a petulant child.
The rest of the characters did not fare well either. Darius and Ainsley were ciphers and rather simplistic - with none of the character traits that made them so appealing evident here. I also missed Elizabeth's wonderful relationship with her father - here Papi is the usual uptight father and doesn't interact much other than to be annoying to Zuri's plans. If anything, her mother gets better treatment than Mrs. Bennett did.
Perhaps it is just that so many of the key scenes that made us fall in love with the characters were missing. Granted, this is a YA title so brevity is king, but I still feel that as clever as this is, there is so much more that really was needed to flesh out the characters and make us love them. It just didn't happen here. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.