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Publisher Description

In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceNational Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic. A smart, funny, gorgeous retelling starring all characters of color. 

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.

"Zoboi skillfully depicts the vicissitudes of teenage relationships, and Zuri’s outsize pride and poetic sensibility make her a sympathetic teenager in a contemporary story about race, gentrification, and young love." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")

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“I was really hoping to like this since I love Pride & Prejudice, and I was very interested in this retelling. But I just didn't enjoy it. Zuri felt flat and highly immature to me. Plus, there was no real reason for her swap from hate to love of the Darcy character. She just all of a sudden liked him. Janae was cute, but I guess the majority of the story felt rushed to me. If it wasn't a retelling of P&P, maybe it would stand on its own. But as a retelling, it felt too rushed. Honestly, I don't think this author's style is for me. I've read one other book by her, and I didn't like it much either. It's really a bummer, because I was looking forward to seeing how she was going to put her own spin on this retelling.”
“I LOVED this book. A refreshing take on a classic that just made sense! The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because I wanted an Ainsley scene at the end with some well needed begging”
“It was a cute story. If I wasn't told this was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice I would have never made that connection.”

About Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her novel American Street was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. She is also the author of Pride and My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, a New York Times bestseller. She is the editor of the anthology Black Enough. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, she now lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children. You can find her online at www.ibizoboi.net.

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