Thursday, July 4, 2019

YA Reivew: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Title: Pride
Author: Ibi Zoboi
Year Published: 2018


Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 289
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (NY and DC)

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this from my school's library

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn prid, 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, and college applications hovering over the horizon--Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick's changing landscape or lose it all.

Review: A rewrite of Pride and Prejudice is always fun--you know the story, you know how it's going to end, but it is still really fun to read and this one is no exception.

I love that Darius and Zuri both need to learn to be open to new ideas and people, they both need to experience a life that is different from their own, and they need to fall for each other. It's expected and it's fun YA literature.

I liked the clash of cultures (Brooklyn and private school; lower and middle class), which pointed out that race/ethnicity aren't the only dividing factors in this country. I also like that Zuri and Darius are open to learning from one another and putting their differences aside.

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