AUTHOR: Ibi Zoboi
GENRE: Middle-Grade Contemporary
RATING: 5 stars
SYNOPSIS: 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.
MY FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS BOOK: “I have always thought of Bushwick as home, but in that moment, I realize that home is where people I love are, wherever that is.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT THIS BOOK IS: How it explores ideas about community and family. I haven’t read many books that depict the bonds and conflicts between loved ones as realistically as this one.
MY FAVORITE CHARACTER IN THIS BOOK IS: Definitely Zuri! She is such a well written character and has so much emotional depth it feels like she could step right out of the pages of this book.
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Avery Finley, 16, is an avid reader and book reviewer. When not reading, you can find her playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, or with one of her pets! Follow her on Instagram and TikTok at @readbyfin.Avery Finley, 16, is an avid reader and book reviewer. When not reading, you can find her playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, or with one of her pets! Follow her on Instagram and TikTok at @readbyfin.
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