Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: August 2nd 2011
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Will Elise’s love life be an epic win or an epic fail?
At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:
As the son of Hollywood royalty, Derek Edwards is pretty much prince of the school—not that he deigns to acknowledge many of his loyal subjects.
As the daughter of the new principal, Elise Benton isn’t exactly on everyone’s must-sit-next-to-at-lunch list.
When Elise’s beautiful sister catches the eye of the prince’s best friend, Elise gets to spend a lot of time with Derek, making her the envy of every girl on campus. Except she refuses to fall for any of his rare smiles and instead warms up to his enemy, the surprisingly charming social outcast Webster Grant. But in this hilarious tale of fitting in and flirting, not all snubs are undeserved, not all celebrity brats are bratty, and pride and prejudice can get in the way of true love for only so long.
Epic Fail was a complete WIN! Sometimes I need to read a light, cute story that will leave me smiling when real life is too much to deal with. This was the perfect book for that. I even stayed up way later than I needed to one night because I couldn’t put it away. Totally worth it.
I loved all of the characters and their unique personalities. Elise was so cute and funny, while Derek was this quiet, misunderstood, gorgeous guy. It was obvious why they wouldn’t get along at first, but the more time they spent together, the more they realized they were alike. I also really like all the secondary characters. Big families are always fun to read about, and Elise’s was no exception.
Another thing was how fun it was figuring out which characters where the parallels of the ones in Pride & Prejudice, the story of which this book is a modernization of. I thought the parts and characters that were like P&P; did it justice and the parts that were different made it a story that will be enjoyed by many today.