Pride Review

Hello, here is your review for today coming late lol.

Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target  audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.

That being said… Spoilers ahead.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Synopsis From The Book

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. 

In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic

Contemporary – Drama | YA – E |Prejudice | Coming of Age, Testing Preconceived Thoughts

Initial Thoughts Before Reading:

Alright, personal book club book! Here we go. I actually have no clue when we are doing this book club as of reading it. It could be any time between now and never. HAHA. Well, reading it anyway.

Initial Thoughts After Reading:

Alright so, this book just irritated me a lot throughout. Was it horrible? No. Put there were just some things that I just couldn’t…

Plot Overview:

The day that Zuri’s sister is supposed to come home from college, a rich family moves into their new house across the street from Zuri’s apartment. The house wasn’t always there. It used to be an apartment as well, but it was remade into a house for the new rich family that moved there. The two boys, of the Darcy family, are beautiful but not of Zuri’s world. When she and her sisters talk to the boys, she is certain that Darius is stuck up and horrible. However that does not stop her sister and his brother from starting to hang out.

Zuri and Darius clash at a park concert and in a few other situations, including a housewarming party where Darius’ brother breaks Zuri’s sister’s heart. Zuri speaks to a boy named Warren, who went to the same school as Darius. Warren tells Zuri of how Darius’ family tried to get Warren kicked out of school. Warren and Zuri hang out, and Zuri contemplates dating him. Darius, however, tells Zuri his side of the story. Darius tells Zuri how Waren took photos of Georgie, Darius’ little sister, without her permission and spread them around ruining her reputation. Zuri drops Warren. 

Zuri goes to her dream school to learn more about it and speaks at an open mic night for poetry, where she runs into Darius, his not-girlfriend Carey, and Georgie. After standing up against Carey, Darius takes Zuri to eat dinner with his grandmother and him and his sister. Zuri stands up to her too, and then Darius takes her home. They get to know each other better. After hanging out once, Zuri goes with Darius to a party. She hates the way that Darius is acting at the party and walks away. However, he follows her to apologize, and they get an image from Carey of Zuri’s little sister at the party, with Warren. They go to get her little sister, who is drunk, back. 

Zuri and Darius bond more, when tragedy strikes. The woman who was the landlord of Zuri’s apartment complex dies, and Zuri’s family has to move. Because they can not afford their own neighborhood anymore. Zuri and Darius swear to keep with each other and start dating as Zuri’s older sister and Darius’ brother start talking again.

What I Liked:

Zuri; I did like Zuri as a character, for the most part. For the things that bother me about her, see below. I was so excited to see her in love with poetry (and to read her poetry), as well as to see how she cared for her home. I sympathized with her so often. 

Darius; I liked him a lot, and truly empathized with him. I know exactly what its like to stand in his space. My family is considered the rich family in the neighborhood where my father grew up. The “white acting” family, so I really understood his disparity. He was stuck up about a few things, so I’m happy that Zuri called him out on that.

Zuri’s Family; They were so lovely. I must protect them all.

Darius’ family; For what we got about them, I did like learning about them.

Retelling; For a short retelling, it wasn’t too bad. From what I know about the book, that is. I don’t know the full story outside of the movies, however.

What I Would Have Liked or Changed:

Zuri; I get that Zuri is not supposed to like Darius, but for how much she judged him, she really didn’t get called out on it. There was a conversation about it by the end, but not as much as I would have liked, because I don’t think that she ever really changed. And I do understand a lot of that came from the fear of losing what made her home, her home. However, she said a few things that really rubbed me the wrong way and I don’t think she ever adequately apologized for it, or understood that what she said was wrong.

Book Club Thoughts:

We asked a lot of questions about Pride and what that means as well as how Zuri really did drag us out. One member mentioned how the love story came out of nowhere. We also talked on how Zuri reads like an unreliable narrator caught up in her own world. In general they agreed for a 3/5.

Rating: 3/5

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