Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Zuri has lived in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn her whole life and she loves it. She loves the noise and the people and love. What she’s less thrilled about is the way rich white people are moving in and changing things. When the mini-mansion across the street gets fixed up, she expects the worse. And the rich black boys who move in don’t disappoint. They’re handsome enough, sure, but also stuck up and condescending. But Darius seems to always be there, and as much as Zuri wants to hate him, she can’t deny there’s some kind of connection between them. With everything changing in her life, the last thing she needs is the distraction of romance. But sometimes life has its own plans.
This novel is loosely inspired by Pride and Prejudice but stands perfectly well on its own. The beautiful, lyrical language pulls you into a world full of love and music and joy. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up.
* Book listened to as audiobook CD