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Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Pride isn’t just another love story between two people, it’s a love story between sisters, between a girl and her hood and a love story about family. I thoroughly enjoyed this Pride and Prejudice retelling. I was surprised by how much it made me want to go and re-read the original story. It had all the original vibes.

“It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it’s a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to do is clean it up.”

The modern day setting was perfect. Zuri Benitez and her sisters have lived in Bushwick their entire lives and now it’s changing. The wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street causing all kinds of trouble, or so Zuri thinks.

I thought for sure I would love the romantic element the most in this story, but I was shocked to see how much I started to care for the family element more. The sisterly love is done so well, it makes me wish I grew up with sisters! By the end I was having all kinds of feels for the neighborhood and family, making the love story take a backseat.

The romance between Zuri and Darius wasn’t quite as good for me, but it had all the angst and back and forth of the original. At times things seemed to move too fast and I wanted even more of that slow burn romance we are used to. Maybe that’s why I focused on the family dynamic more.

I gave this book 4 stars and would definitely recommend it. It’s a laid back, easy to read adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It gave me a look into a neighborhood and family I had never seen before and I really enjoyed it.