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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: New York : Balzer + Bray, 2018
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062564047
Characteristics: 289 p. ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeLesley Jun 14, 2019

This Pride and Prejudice remix set in Brooklyn is expertly written by Ibi Zoboi and amazingly read by Elizabeth Acevedo, author of The Poet X. This is a fun way to relive some classics with some added relevant themes. Listen to it!

May 10, 2019

Rich and vibrant retelling of Pride and Prejudice for a teen audience.

ArapahoeTiegan May 08, 2019

A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice that also changes the background of beloved characters in such a beautiful way. I love Pride and Prejudice and greatly enjoyed this version of the story. I appreciated the diverse characters and the setting - I think this makes the classic story accessible to so many more teens.

Tigard_AnnmarieA Feb 27, 2019

An homage to Pride & Prejudice but with its own wonderful originality and vibrant characters. Zuri is one of five teenage Haitian-Dominican Republican American sisters living in a tiny apartment in the gentrifying neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Their parents and landlady are the heart of the community, throwing block parties, cooking for everyone, and knowing everyone in the neighborhood. When the wealthy, black Darcy family and their two handsome sons Ainsley and Darius move into the renovated mansion across the street,most of the sisters are delighted, but Zuri thinks they are snobs who are helping to gentrify and dissolve the close-knit vibrant community of the neighborhood. Plus, Darius is so arrogant and judgmental! But perhaps they may both be persuaded to change their minds.

Feb 15, 2019

Zoboi's writing just entrances me and this story was not going to let me down. Although I wanted a bit more from the romance side of things the commentary on class and gentrification really held my attention and made some valuable points. The main character evolves a lot and by the end you really feel like you don't want to stop listening to her ponder her place in society and what she should look for in relating to people. Aimed at older YA audiences this book is really great for adults too.

JessicaGma Jan 03, 2019

Nicely done re-telling of the Pride and Prejudice story with gentrification, teen protagonists and solid Afro-Latinx characters to update this classic. I wondered how they would tackle some of the elements of the original where now teen girls are too young to marry off, but it was very well done. An excellent read

LiztheLibrarian Dec 13, 2018

This is a great #ownvoices retelling of a classic novel. It successfully addresses gentrification/affordable housing loss, racism, and class-ism within the familiar plot of Pride and Prejudice.

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.

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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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