August 29, 2018
Hardcover | 304 pages
Thank you to Edelweiss and Balzer and Bray for the e-arc. All opinions are my own.
Pride is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in Brooklyn and centers around Zuri Benitez whose pride for her heritage and neighborhood lead some unexpected situations.
A new family moves in across the street; a RICH, new family. A stark contrast to Zuri’s barely-getting-by family of her own. She resents Darius straight away, labeling him as arrogant and haughty. She doesn’t like that he’s invaded her seemingly deep-rooted neighborhood and knows in her heart that he will never understand her.
Zuri is amazing. She is not one dimensional. She loves reading, poetry, her family, her heritage, her city, and most of all, she is eager to get into college and make something of herself. She can hold her own and takes nobodies crap. Especially the boys in her block.
True the classic story, there is the love/hate thing with Zuri and Darius (Darcy, duh). It seemed so real and not as flat as the trope can sometimes be. I felt like I was in her city, eating with her family, shopping in the local bodega, talking with her sisters on the rooftop of her building…everything.
The writing was breezy. I read this in less than four hours. As much I love shorter books sometimes, this one I wanted to be longer. This is one of the best retellings I have read to date. If you love Pride and Prejudice, I highly recommend this one.