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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.

©2018 Alloy Entertainment and Ibi Zoboi (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Every girl from the hood needs to listen to this

Beautiful in every way! This is the love story I would have loved to have as a kid growing up in the hood. Zuri would have made Elizabeth Bennett proud in this updated, and very much needed, Pride and Prejudice remix. If you’ve dealt with gentrification, going on to college, moving from your hometown, moving from the hood to a more wealthier neighborhood where you may feel like a fish out of water than this will touch you in a way you won’t expect. Honestly, the last few chapters had me in near tears.
Acevedo did a marvelous job as the narrator. Every character had a distinct voice, and I never had to guess who was speaking. Lastly, I love how multifaceted Zoboi’s characters were. She shows the many faces of the black community through her characters. I felt like I was seeing my own family. Read it. Read it. Please Read it.

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Happy to see publishers finally publishing stories

SO I’m not a P&P purist, in fact I’ve never even read it. I think it’s because me, as a poor, black Latina raised in an inner city neighborhood, ive never felt like those classic romances spoke to me. I just can’t relate to old classics at all, no matter how many readers tell me it’s the best book they ever read.

Pride on the other hand was a retelling that awakened my senses and spoke to me on so many different levels. Ibi is definitely one of those slept on writers in the we need diverse books conversation. Her books are fantastic probably more moving to me that Daniel Jose Olders “Shadowshaper” or Angie Thomas’s The hate you give. Maybe it’s because I relate more to her characters. The way she describes them resemble me more than anything and the only other author that’s been able to accomplish that for me is Veronica Chambers, another slept on Afro-latinx author.

This story was a book that spoke my language, both Spanish and colloquial English spoken in urban areas. Zuri was me and I was Zuri. I loved that she was Haitian and Dominican!!!

The story was sort of heartbreaking since gentrification affects entire families and ultimately affected hers but I loved that she fell for this square, rich kid. It’s usually the other way around where the guy is from the other side of the tracks. So it was refreshing to see a hood girl, one who was me when I was 17, with these big dreams and goals. I think the only thing that drove me nuts about her was that she was so hard on everyone. It took her so long to let her guard down and let someone she her softness. I think there’s this pressure that black girls have to be stronger than girls of other races, I would’ve love to see her show her vulnerability sooner.

Either way it was a great love story and a great story in general. I love to see two black teens from different socio-economic backgrounds fall in love. I just love seeing black kids fall in love in general 😍

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Soft and gooey as honey this story of love

What a fantastic story love, home, family and friendship. What truly made most enjoyable was the story told through Elizabeth Acevedo’s voice. I binged it like I do a great Netflix series and was sad when it ended knowing I’d finished it. I will definitely read more of Ibi Zoboi books and lesson to more of Elizabeth Acevedo’s readings.

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Pride

I loved this book ! I recommend it to anyone! It's a great update of Pride and Prejudice!

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Good YA story, but narration is lacking.

The book sounded like one long spoken word poem. I understand that the main character is a poet, however the spoken word cadence carried over into all parts of the text, regular conversations and even dialogue between other characters. it was distracting.

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Absolutely Beautiful

I absolutely enjoyed this story! Even more so listening to it! So relatable, funny and authentic.

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Not what I expected

I'm a big fan of Pride and Prejudice, and I think it is a bit of a stretch to compare this story to Pride and Prejudice. I understand that Zuri is suppose to be full of pride, but she just comes across as angry and preachy. Her character isn't likable. Why Darius Darcy likes her is beyond me.

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As a story this book was okay, but calling this a Pride and Prejudice retelling is not an accurate statement. Yes, some of the characters names were similar but calling this story a P&P vagary is a stretch. I really didn't like the characters themselves but I really enjoyed the poetry expressed by Zuri's character hence the 3 for the story.

The narration is amazing which I think helped and which is why I gave 4 overall. I don't think I could have completed this book if the narration was not as lively, and with so much heart. Elizabeth Acevedo makes you feel the words.

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