Just not the book for me.
I‘m so behind (work is insane) so I‘m doing a #quadrupledip to get mostly caught up from the week.
In this Pride and Prejudice retelling, Zuri has a #KinkyAfro & her Bushwick, Brooklyn neighborhood is her #MerseyParadise a place she loves. She & her sister Janae #SitDown on the roof of their building & watch what‘s going on. Zuri has an immediate dislike of Darius Darcy, living #TheLifeOfRiley in his family‘s mini-mansion.🎤😉
Here I am with another #unpopularopinion. Zuri was insufferable; hyper-sensitive when she felt disrespected, but proudly judged & disrespected anyone she felt was "bougie" & not black enough. Too many 1-dimentional caricatures of nasty rich folk who presumably didn't like Zuri b/c she's hood, & her hood status made her "realer" than anyone else. Writing was juvenile, unrealistic, & full of stereotypes. The love story felt forced & dry. 1.5⭐️s??
Trying to finish all the books I started this summer. I'm about halfway through & wondering if I should have picked Ayesha At Last for my modern day retelling prompt. Zuri is a frustrating character. I get the concept of P&P but I'm tired of her judging the Darcy boys simply because they're not like the boys in her hood. They didn't actually act like they were better than everyone. I keep wanting to tell her there's not 1 way to be black.🙄
An hour or so into this one, and I‘m enjoying it so far. The audiobook is reminding me of Solo by Kwame Alexander. #SummersEndReadathon
Loved this retelling of Pride and Prejudice in modern day Brooklyn featuring the Afro-Latino Benitez family. When the wealthy Darcy family move into the newly renovated house across the street, the Bushwick neighborhood will never be the same. Elizabeth Acevedo narrates the audiobook and it‘s marvelous.
Almost a So - So for me. In this Retelling of P&P it's Zuri(Elizabeth) who Dislikes at First Sight. She continually judges Darius (Darcy) and even at Come Together moment never actually admits to it. It's 'Ok.Yeah.' and then she justifies her actions some more. Makes her a hard character to like. Maybe Author's plan? Never quite got Darcy's motovation either. Ending moved it to a Pick.
2nd Read of#austeninaugust2019
Pride - Ibi Zoboi
I really enjoyed this audiobook. Firstly, I love pride and prejudice. This was a phenomenal glimpse into a world I would never get the chance to see otherwise, and it was so very well written. I loved all of the characters, and I knew exactly who each one was when they were introduced. Now I want to go back and read Pride and Prejudice lol loved this.
Yeah, so...I'm an idiot and didn't grab this when it was featured in an #Audible sale. My mistake. My hold came in from Libby, and I am falling in love with Elizabeth Acevedo's narration!! I may have to go ahead and use a credit for this one, because I can see myself re-listening to this in the future! #audio #audiobook #popsugarreadingchallenge #pop19 #classics #retelling #ownvoices #diversereads #diversebooks
This modern retelling of Austen's classic was both faithful and new as Zoboi added her spin and was able to explore cultural identity and class through the characters that I personally enjoyed.
Listening to the audiobook, I swear Elizabeth Acevedo's reading of this was just so on point that I couldn't help but love it!
Definitely, recommend the audiobook!
Not exactly what #PrideMonth means but I'm always down for a Pride & Prejudice retelling. Of course knowing the original made the plot predictable, but the modernization worked & I appreciate the commentary on gentrification. I didn't buy Zuri's emotional whiplash in the second half; it was too back-and-forth. Rearranging a few plot points could've helped that. Overall it was just okay but the cover is A+ #ya #weneeddiversebooks #teachersoflitsy
Loves this! Elizabeth Acevedo kills the narration. (If you liked her reading The Poet X, you‘ll like this.) She, unsurprisingly, rocks the poetry portions. I could listen to her perform poetry all day. As for #BFC, doing great on yoga and reading, but I need to catch up on running; I spent last night cleaning out my car and saying goodbye to my wheels of 13 years and today I bought a new car! 💜 🚙 #BookFitnessChallenge
Pride by Ibi Zoboi is today‘s Audible daily deal! It‘s a steal for $2.95—and it‘s narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo, of The Poet X fame. https://www.audible.com/pd/Pride-Audiobook/B07DFN5VRB?serial=&source_code=AUDORE...
#audiobook 2 done for #BFC also 35 minutes of exercise today!
I have to give this a so-so as I just didn‘t love it. I think I‘m mainly just tired of #YA and this is very teen and I am multiple decades beyond. I think teen readers would definitely enjoy it though. Well done audio work. This also completes my Z for #litsyatoz!
36 Minutes of exercise today for my #BFC! Also a good third into my second audiobook. So far it‘s OK, but I‘m not loving so far. It may be I didn‘t realize it was YA, and I‘m a little burnt out on YA.
This book is hard for me to review. On one hand, the writing was great, the story good, the topics it covered important. On the other hand, I had trouble relating to Zuri, and don‘t like P&P. And... honestly? I felt vilified. I know that is part of Zuri‘s character, and that caucasian culture as a whole still has miles to improve, but I didn‘t like being told we‘re all insensitive uncaring culture destroyers. Maybe this just shows my ignorance :(
Not for me. I love a retelling but this didn't feel like there was enough original content for me. P&P is close to my heart, but I felt like I cringed my way through this. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters and Zuri was just horrible - her 'prejudice' went beyond being judgemental to telling everyone what their identity should be and how they should express it.
I started this “Pride and Prejudice Remix” last night, and then finished it tonight. I love how Zoboi reworked Austen‘s classic to set it in present-day Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The protagonist, Zuri, is not impressed when the Darcys move in across the street, but you probably know the rest of the story. The book addresses gentrification, community, culture shock, and first love. It was a fun read with a lot of heart.
Hammock chair. Quilt. Wind rustling through the oak trees. Cold Coke. Husband working in the evenings. Perfection. Now I‘m just waiting for my housemate/tenant to get home so she can fetch me the canned wine I left inside. This nest is too perfect to risk messing up.
I think I would've liked this a lot more if it hadn't been for the Pride and Prejudice-ness of it, which I should've known but somehow hadn't anticipated, so that's all on me. I did enjoy the very modern take on it all, though. Also, Elizabeth Acevedo should narrate all audiobooks. Every single one.
March Wrap-up 📚
Was planning on marking a lot more off my TBR and challenge lists this month, but working at the theater kept me extremely busy this month(Thanks Madea, Captain Marvel, AND Us 😩). I still managed to fit in some really good picks so not all is lost 😊
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I really enjoyed this book. I have never read Pride & Prejudice so I wasn't comparing it to the original book. But I do have the book and it has made me want to read it to see how it is. I loved seeing how Darius and Zuri interacted together and how they really didn't like each other at first but the more they got to know each other they realized they really liked each other. I also loved Zuri family! Great quick read!
I‘m torn on this—I think I was distracted by trying to identify the correlations to Pride & Prejudice, and evaluating how this “remix” matched up. Several scenes & plot points felt a little forced to me, like it was trying too hard to match up to P&P. That said, I liked ZZ and I loved the themes Zoboi brings out: class, gentrification, pride in a neighborhood & an identity, crossing boundaries, understanding people who are different from you...⤵️
Love me some book swaps!!! I love the surprise factor & you get to meet someone who loves books too... It‘s a win win!!!! Thanks @storytimeshon for all my sweet lovely gifts... She definitely spoiled me!!!! Thanks @areaderinlove for another awesome book swap!!!!
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Weekend plans: spend lots of time in this spot with this stack! I‘m hoping to start and finish the tagged book, and make lots of progress in the others. What are you reading this weekend?
*Well, that‘s frustrating. Litsy won‘t let me post photos right now. Anyone else having this problem?
**Annnnd, we‘re back! Yay, photo!
I am a sucker for P&P and any retellings based on it. This one takes place in a minority neighborhood in Brooklyn. Zuri is a Haitian-Dominican girl from the hood with a big family. When Darius and his bougie family move in across the street, everything starts to change. Zuri is so judgemental but I get why and where this defense comes from. To see them dance around each other and how their relationship stutters was beautiful. (Cont in comments)