Review: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Author: Ibi Zoboi
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Released: September 18, 2018
Received: Own (OwlCrate)

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Let me preface this review by saying that I adore retellings. I’ll read almost any that I come across, especially if it follows a favorite story of mine. Such as Pride and Prejudice. Enter: Pride by Ibi Zoboi. Pride is a modern remix of Pride and Prejudice that provides many unique takes on such a classic tale.

Zuri Benitez lives with her family in Brooklyn. She is proud of this and of her Afro-Latino heritage. Yet there’s little Zuri can do to stop the neighborhood from growing and changing. For example, larger and larger houses keep popping up all over, including across the street.

Moving into this refurbished mansion are the Darcys – richer than most people could ever dream of. And dream the Benitez sisters do, well, some of them. One dreams of their money, the other dreams of love. While Zuri is left feeling unimpressed by the lot of them. At first.

“Because the thing about sharp corners is, the right turns can bring you back home.”

Oh my god. I love this retelling of Pride and Prejudice. To be fair, I don’t think I’ve ever come across one that I didn’t love, but Pride takes the cake. It is so well written that it blew my mind. I loved all of the decisions that went into this book.

Taking the core of the story and modernizing it was a smart move. Changing the location and so many other elements was even smarter. Everything about this retelling felt carefully thought out – and I adore that. The real effort went into making the story unique while still respecting that foundation. That’s a difficult balance to manage, I imagine.

I always adore Zuri (Elizabeth) and her wit, alongside her insight and many other characteristics. She was a fun protagonist, one I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know in this new setting. Likewise, I cherished the time spent with her sisters (okay, some less than others) and everyone else in this world.

Long story short, Pride very much lived up to my expectations, as I highly enjoyed taking some time to finally sit down and read it.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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