Uni High Reads

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi

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.” – Goodreads

Zoboi gives so much energy and contemporary insight into a story we’ve heard rehashed so many times. Zuri was an incredibly compelling and brilliant narrator whose authenticity and ability to call people on their nonsense makes her one of the best heroines I’ve read in ages. The modernization of this tale within the context of gentrification and complicated race/class factors made this a super robust and important book, while the romance was so dreamy and well done.

Call # Fiction Z71pr

Review by Vicki

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