Author: Ibi Zoboi
Genre: Contemporary romance
About the book: It’s a modern remix of Pride and Prejudice that features people of colour.
I received an advanced reader’s edition from Harper Collins Canada.
First impressions: I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice, but I was interested to see how the author would give that story a modern twist.
Isn’t the cover so pretty?
Characters: The protagonist, Zuri, is very proud and protective of her “hood” as well as her heritage.
I took a while to warm up to the characters. But eventually I grew to like them. Plus, I love the racial diversity.
“We’re not gonna just throw away the past as if it meant nothing.”
Writing: I found the writing simple, which makes sense for a YA novel. That said, the author tackles some important issues.
I’m not a huge fan of romance in general, but I did enjoy the trope of characters who despise each other at first but later start to develop feelings.
The chapters are short, and it’s an easy story to follow.
I also loved the use of Spanish in the novel. Although I didn’t necessarily understand every word, I find it was a nice touch.
Zoboi includes some poetry alongside the prose. The poems are from Zuri’s perspective. I adore rhyming, so I had fun reading them.
Final thoughts: The ending isn’t surprising, but it does provide closure.
I’d recommend Pride to readers looking for a modern love story with characters of colour in prominent roles.