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Pride



by
Ibi Zoboi

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Balzer + Bray
ISBN
9780062564047

Awards and Honors
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2018
CPL Best Books, Teen Fiction - 2018
NYPL Best Books for Teens - 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018
School Library Journal Best Books - 2018
Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl High School 2020-2021
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In this contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Brooklyn, the wealthy Darcy brothers move in across the street from Zuri Benitez’s big, working-class family.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

304

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.6: points 9

Lexile

HL760L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

16

JLG Release

Oct 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Pride and Prejudice. Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. Families. Wealth. Retellings of classics. Interpersonal relations. Gentrification.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal*, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist

School Library Journal

This Bushwick-set, contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice tackles gentrification, Blackness, and romance with honesty, humor, and heart. Afro-Latina Zuri Benitez is proud of her Dominican and Haitian heritage, close-knit family, and bustling block. However, the teen knows that the renovation of the abandoned house across the street into a mansion portends a gentrifying trend that she’s not quite ready for. It also ushers in the arrival of the wealthy Darcy brothers—Ainsley, the charming and friendly college boy who is possibly striking up a romance with Janae, Zuri’s college freshman sister; and Darius, the too-cool-for-school younger brother, who is as handsome as he is snooty. Zoboi follows her novel American Street with this send-up of Austen’s classic, an insightful commentary on socioeconomic class, changing neighborhoods, and the pressures of growing up and falling in love as a second-generation immigrant. Janeites will appreciate the nods to the original: Mr. Collins is the nephew of the Benitezs’ Oshun-worshipping godmother and apartment building owner; the Wickham character likes to sweet-talk younger girls into taking revealing selfies; and the five sisters’ dynamic is just as memorable. But those unfamiliar with Austen’s work will also be enamored with the warmth that permeates the characters, the spellbinding storytelling, and the tender but bittersweet love letter to Brooklyn. Teens will cheer for the protagonist as she finds her passion for poetry and hesitantly falls love. VERDICT This excellent coming-of-age take on a classic belongs on all YA shelves.–Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal, School Library Journal

Horn Book

Zuri Benitez is a proud Haitian-Dominican teen who loves her four sisters and her parents, and despite others’ negative perceptions, she especially loves her Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. When the wealthy African American Darcy brothers, Darius and Ainsley, and their parents move in across the street, Zuri must deal with standoffish younger brother Darius and the reality that the family’s move to Bushwick means her neighborhood is being gentrified. Zuri also feels complex and conflicting emotions—including guilt and hope—as she considers leaving Brooklyn to attend Howard University. This lively and innovative Pride and Prejudice retelling (starring a fully rounded Afro-Latinx YA character) hits the familiar notes of Austen’s Bennet sisters—their misunderstandings with the young men around them, the importance of supportive family—while inventively modernizing the elements of the original that were always a commentary about social class. As Zuri comes to understand that Darius also worries about what the future might hold, her feelings toward him shift, and the reader is drawn once again into a timeless tale, beautifully told. christina l. dobbs

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

This Bushwick-set, contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice tackles gentrification, Blackness, and romance with honesty, humor, and heart. Afro-Latina Zuri Benitez is proud of her Dominican and Haitian heritage, close-knit family, and bustling block. However, the teen knows that the renovation of the abandoned house across the street into a mansion portends a gentrifying trend that she’s not quite ready for. It also ushers in the arrival of the wealthy Darcy brothers—Ainsley, the charming and friendly college boy who is possibly striking up a romance with Janae, Zuri’s college freshman sister; and Darius, the too-cool-for-school younger brother, who is as handsome as he is snooty. Zoboi follows her novel American Street with this send-up of Austen’s classic, an insightful commentary on socioeconomic class, changing neighborhoods, and the pressures of growing up and falling in love as a second-generation immigrant. Janeites will appreciate the nods to the original: Mr. Collins is the nephew of the Benitezs’ Oshun-worshipping godmother and apartment building owner; the Wickham character likes to sweet-talk younger girls into taking revealing selfies; and the five sisters’ dynamic is just as memorable. But those unfamiliar with Austen’s work will also be enamored with the warmth that permeates the characters, the spellbinding storytelling, and the tender but bittersweet love letter to Brooklyn. Teens will cheer for the protagonist as she finds her passion for poetry and hesitantly falls love. VERDICT This excellent coming-of-age take on a classic belongs on all YA shelves.–Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal, School Library Journal

Horn Book

Zuri Benitez is a proud Haitian-Dominican teen who loves her four sisters and her parents, and despite others’ negative perceptions, she especially loves her Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. When the wealthy African American Darcy brothers, Darius and Ainsley, and their parents move in across the street, Zuri must deal with standoffish younger brother Darius and the reality that the family’s move to Bushwick means her neighborhood is being gentrified. Zuri also feels complex and conflicting emotions—including guilt and hope—as she considers leaving Brooklyn to attend Howard University. This lively and innovative Pride and Prejudice retelling (starring a fully rounded Afro-Latinx YA character) hits the familiar notes of Austen’s Bennet sisters—their misunderstandings with the young men around them, the importance of supportive family—while inventively modernizing the elements of the original that were always a commentary about social class. As Zuri comes to understand that Darius also worries about what the future might hold, her feelings toward him shift, and the reader is drawn once again into a timeless tale, beautifully told. christina l. dobbs

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