Review: Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Publisher: Balzer + Bray (September 18, 2018) 

Print Length: 304 pages

Audiobook Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins

Narrator: Elizabeth Acevedo

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.

The Review

Pride by Ibi Zoboiis a Pride and Prejudice YA retelling that follows Zuri Benitez as she comes to grips with her changing landscape and potential romance with the boy across the street, Darius Darcy. 

The writing style of Zoboi was utterly captivating. To take such a beloved classic and refine it to today’s social landscape was nothing short of amazing. Usually, when I read retelling, things like technology or social issues are pushed to the forefront of the story, that is not the case with Pride. While those themes are still prevalent, they happened more organically than I was expecting which in turn had me noticing the messages of race, social class, and culture that much more. 

However, the reason this book didn’t rate higher with me was due to its characters. Zuri in particular, though having trates of her Austen counterpart, seemed too juvenile in terms of what message Zoboi was trying to get across. I found myself not connecting with her like I had with Elizabeth Bennet because of her rash tendencies and whiny demeanour. Likewise, I didn’t connect with Darious, the Darcy character, either, but this was probably due to my knowledge of the source material and him just not being arrogant enough for my Darcy loving heart. 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Pride by Ibi Zoboi. Have any retellings you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.

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