Zuri Benitez and her sisters must contend with the rich and handsome Darcy boys, who move into a large, renovated home in their rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, where this contemporary take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice unfolds in a retelling that takes up issues like class and race.
This Bushwick-set, contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice tackles gentrification, Blackness, and romance with honesty, humor, and heart ... 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 ... 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.
If you’re looking for a coming of age story with a sprinkle of romance, then pick up Pride. This retelling of the classic Pride and Prejudice, is just gorgeous! Ibi Zoboi nailed it ... Zoboi has created a fabulous main character who definitely made this novel even better. Darius is [also]...well drawn, a new side of him shown with every chapter. The way Zuri and Darius interact with each other gives the story life. I loved how Zoboi threaded rich culture into the pages, not only through the story, but also through Zuri’s poems, which are fantastic! ... Pride is definitely going on my to-be-read-again-shelf.
All the familiar beats are there, seamlessly fitting in this vibrant modern setting. Why read yet another adaptation of P&P? Do it for Zuri—a richly drawn, real and relatable version of Elizabeth Bennett who really brings pride to the story ... Her love of her family, neighborhood, way of life and aspirations shine through every line, especially in the poems she writes. And do it for Zoboi's description of Darcy ... Pride is one for the keeper shelf.