I want to thank the publisher for sending me a review copy of Ibi Zoboi's #ownvoices, modern Pride and Prejudice retelling, PRIDE! Keep reading for my review!
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.
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, so I'm always looking for a good retelling. When I first heard about PRIDE, I was over the moon. An #ownvoices version of the beloved classic has long been needed. And Pride really did the original justice, while managing to bring it's own charm to the table.
As a P&P retelling, I thought PRIDE did a great job. Zoboi really stuck to the original material and it just worked so well in her setting. The characters didn't feel like copycats of the originals, but they did feel inspired by. The whole book is a great example of a retelling that's obviously inspired by the original, but has its own flare, enough uniqueness to make it stand out in a sea of retellings.
There were a few times that it fell flat for me, though. Some character interactions felt forced. And where Zuri really shone as a modern Lizzie, Darius(the Darcy of this story) didn't quite live up to the character.
Overall, I enjoyed PRIDE quite a lot, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of contemporary or anyone just looking for a solid Austen retelling. The fact that it's an #ownvoices book really is the cherry on top, and Zoboi's voice, the world she's build while staying true to a timeless story are the best things about this one.