Happy Friday, Y’all! The weekend’s fast approaching and schedules click with excitement on activities one wishes to pursue (e.g. writing novels, shopping, enjoying a tasty latte). However, as a bookworm, one never bores themselves because friends abound in libraries, bookstores, and bookshelves throughout our chosen domiciles.
What are you reading this weekend?
Boom! Here’s my choice.
Photo courtesy of EW.com
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.
Honest chat. I’ve never read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Did I lose my writing and reading credentials? Do I stand to continue my bookworm status?
I think I’ll survive. However, while I haven’t read the book, I arm myself with pop-cultural osmosis. That is, I have enough information on a given book to feign knowledge. Use it as a party trick. Good times.
As for the remix, eleven chapters in, and I’m hooked. I enjoy Zoboi’s references to Oshun and Orisha magic/religion, Bushwick (NYC) as a backdrop, and class discussions, including gentrification, middle-class, and working-class mingling with each other. I can say I’m likely to rate this a four (nothing less) or maybe a five, if I’m struck with the feeling as the book progresses. Highly recommend thus far!
To avoid the use of pop-cultural osmosis, grab a book this weekend and share below its title (or titles for the hearty).
Here’s to a Happy Bookish Weekend!