by Zoboi, Ibi

A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice traces the experiences of a proud Brooklyn woman from a large, underprivileged family of sisters who clashes with a wealthy, arrogant newcomer. 75,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Zoboi's debut, American Street (2017), garnered critical acclaim as a National Book Award finalist and Booklist's 2017 Top of the List pick. Now she returns with a razor-sharp remix of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that deals in gentrification, racism, love, culture, and heritage, all helmed by intelligent teens in New York's Bushwick neighborhood. From the first sentence, "It is a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood . . . ," the reader can anticipate a creative, clever retelling. All the key elements of Austen's beloved literary tome are here, from the five Benitez sisters, with differing opinions on love and dating, to Darius Darcy, the mysterious (and gorgeous) rich boy who just moved in across the street. Zuri Benitez pops with confidence, poetry, and, naturally, pride, and her transformation during the story will click with modern teens and culturally diverse readers, in particular. Afro-Latino and African American elements pulse throughout Zoboi's fresh, imaginative, and honest rendition of a timeless classic, giving its enduring themes renewed relevance and appeal. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Seventeen-year-old Zuri Benitez deals with gentrification in her Brooklyn neighborhood and her own bias in this Pride and Prejudice remix. Zuri, or ZZ from the Block, loves her big, loud Haitian-Dominican family. She loves her Bushwick neighborhood. She doesn't love the gentrification changing her hood, "like my face and body when I was in middle school-familiar but changing right before my eyes." So when the rich Darcy family moves into the expensive renovated house across the street, she's skeptical even though they're also black. The Darcy brothers are handsome, but Zuri thinks Darius Darcy's a snob. She opts instead for Warren, the brothers' classmate and a boy who feels familiar. Austen fans will guess his true colors. When poet Zuri unexpectedly runs into Darius at an open mic, she begins to rethink her assessment of him, and the two, as expected, fall for each other. While Darius' attraction to Zuri makes sense, Zuri's doesn't seem to move beyond his physical att ractiveness-odd for a character who's otherwise thoughtful and complex. The ending, both realistic and bittersweet, is a culmination of the book's examination of the costs of gentrification. The plot moves too fast for substantial character growth on Zuri's part, and some elements feel contrived, but these flaws don't spoil a book which is not only a retelling, but an examination of timely issues, including class, blackness, and intraracial prejudice. Legit. (Fiction. 14-adult) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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