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Pride – Ibi Zoboi | A Book Review

Pride - Ibi ZoboiTitle: Pride

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.

Quote:

“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.


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4 thoughts on “Pride – Ibi Zoboi | A Book Review

  1. Sounds like a good read. Great review. I highly recommend Jane Austin for Dummies. It was a great aid to me as I joined several bloggers for the last two weeks of “Austin in August.”

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