Pride by Ibi Zoboi
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.
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book, but I thought it sounded interesting enough to try. I don’t really read Jane Austen, but I knew enough about Pride and Prejudice. I ended up really loving this book!
Bushwick has been changing and Zuri was not happy about it. She loves how it is now. The block parties, the noise, everyone looking out for everyone. It’s the only thing she’s ever known. The Benitez family lives in a small apartment where all 5 girls share one room. The oldest sister, Janae, is in college, but she’s home for the summer. Zuri will be starting her senior year and wants to attend Brown the following year. There are now rich people buying things up in Bushwick and changing everything. Parks, businesses, and even houses.
“What those rich people don’t always know is that broken and forgotten neighborhoods were first built out of love.”
The five sisters are all pretty different, but they love each other and mostly get along well. Janae is in college and is a romantic. She’s the sweet one. Zuri is tough and doesn’t like change. Marisol is all about money and finance. And the twins, Layla and Kayla, are all about boys right now.
The house across the street was fixed up into a mini mansion. Zuri is surprised when a black family moves in. The two boys, Ainsley and Darius, are attractive. The girls can’t help but stare. Janae instantly finds herself drawn to Ainsley, the older brother. They start spending time together which upsets Zuri. She wants to spend the summer with her sister. Darius and Zuri don’t get off to a good start. Zuri finds him to be stuck up and standoffish. Darius sees Zuri as a bit ghetto. But they keep ending up in the same places where they can’t help but spend time together.
Throughout the book, Zuri writes poetry and an admission letter to Brown. These parts were my absolute favorite and it’s what made this book stand out to me as something special. While I loved Zuri’s story with Darius, I enjoyed the story of her life more. Her feelings and thoughts throughout the book made me see inside her more.
I was going to share a poem, but they’re kind of long. I just hope you’ll read the book and enjoy them. I would love a small book with just Zuri’s poems published.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5). Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy for review. The quote was taken from an arc and may change before final publication.
Have you read Pride yet? Are you a Jane Austen fan?