My family loves to watch the A&E Pride and Prejudice. The one with Colin Firth and multiple discs, we’ve watched it marathon style several times. I didn’t read the book for the first time until a few years ago and it didn’t disappoint. Darcy was a snarky conceited jerk and Elizabeth was my first feminist heroine. All this to say that I was pretty excited for this novel. ZZ is tough, opinionated, and spunky. Almost too much. There were moments when I was annoyed by her views, that she wore so well…. Proudly…. As I typed that final word, I think I just fully realized the brilliance of this novel. Ibi Zoboi really gets into who these characters would be if they were dropped into modern Bushwick. The novel says a lot about the judgements we make consistently and unconsciously today, which is pretty much the exact same thinking that Jane Austen wrote about years before. The story could have gone off onto a social trajectory (the questions and nudges are there) but Ibi keeps it on track as a romance story. I sorta loved that. Afterall the original Pride and Prejudice is the same way: you can’t have the story without the money BUT fundamentally Pride and Prejudice is about seeing people for who they are: sometimes straight up scummy liars and sometimes wonderfully beautiful individuals.
Anyway the story was fun and easy to read, with a whole lot to talk about. As I said the social questions are still very much present. Pride has done Jane Austen proud; it is masterfully written to bring one of the greatest tales of dating up to date. Plus I loved Ibi’s perspective, which brought to life a world that I don’t know and for that glimpse I am eternally grateful.
For Ages: 13 years old and up
For Those That Liked: The Poet X, Dread Nation, The Hate U Give
Yoga Pose- Ustrasana (Camel Pose):
*Kneel on the floor with your knees hip width and thighs perpendicular to the floor. Rotate your thighs inward slightly as you firm your buttocks. Imagine that you're drawing your sitting bones up, into your torso. Press your shins and the tops of your feet firmly into floor.
*Rest your hands on the back of your pelvis (bases of the palms on the tops of the buttocks, fingers pointing down). Inhale and lift your heart.
*ENGAGE YOUR CORE and begin to lean back while keeping your head up, chin near the sternum, and your hands on the pelvis.
*Continue to ENGAGE YOUR CORE as you lean further back, while keeping the heart elevated. Reach the right hand back to touch the right foot and then allow the left hand to follow. (If you're not able to touch your feet without compressing your lower back, turn your toes under and lift your heels.)
TO EXIT POSE:
Stay in this pose anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. When you are ready to exit, bring your hands onto the front of your pelvis, at the hip points. Inhale and lift the head and torso up by pushing the hip points down, toward the floor. If your head is back, lead with your heart to come up. Rest in Child's Pose for a few breaths.