Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.
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This week's neglected book:
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
YA Contemporary Romance, Modern Retelling
Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street.
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.
WHY DID I PICK THIS ONE?
I bought this when it was on sale last year after reading a review for it. I had overdone it on Pride and Prejudice variations, sequels, and retellings (yep, I'm a crazed JA fan) so it sat until I felt more in the mood. A friend was looking for buddy readers for her personal diversity challenge and it made me look through my books with that focus in mind. This one jumped out. I have a full reading schedule planned for this month, but yet, I'd like to slip it in since it's Black History month (not that this is history, mind you) and the latest COYER Readathon is for romance books.