Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

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Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

4 Stars

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. 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.

Book Info

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: August 2nd 2011
Pages: 295
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceYoung 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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

15 Responses to “Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik”

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    Oooh, I’ve seen this one pop up all over the place but I have to admit that I hadn’t really taken a look at the summary… Pride & Prejudice modernization?  Sign me up! I’ve been in a fluffy, contemp mood so I may have to get this for my Kindle RIGHT NOW.

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    Jan von Harz

    I totally agree that sometimes a light fun read is a necessary addition to some of the darker more intense ones I tend to go for. This sounds like a perfect fit. Great revie!

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    I forgot there was a P&P connection. I look forward to reading it. But I so need to read P&P. I read Pride,Prejudice & Zombies does that count?

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    Brie Clementine

    You had me at Pride and Prejudice! I’m getting it right now. Since I’m on a winning streak when it comes to good books I figure this is going to be good as well! I’ll let you know once I’m done….

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    Nice review, Jess :-) I agree.. I thought this book was very cute.  It’s nice to throw in a little fluff every once in awhile.  Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Liz. R

    I love retellings, so can’t wait to read this one! I’m in the mood for something cute and fun, so I think this would be perfect. Glad you liked it – great review !:)

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    Savy @Books With Bite

    Thanks for the wonderful review! I loved to read just a good ol’ love story.

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    Sashana Jeffery

    I’m really glad you like this one, Jess. It’s on my tbr and it’s good to get some opinions. I had no idea this book had connections to P&P (which I have not read, but I’ve seen the movie a million times). 

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    Erin W.

    Great review! Loved this book since I’m a big fan of Pride & Prejudice and it was very fun and well-written. :)

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    Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    I do love myself a light read now and again… :) I had fun figuring out which characters correlated with P&P as well since when I was reading this I was also reading P&P.

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    Brie Clementine

    I just finished it. I really liked it but the ending was abrupt, for a second there I thought my copy was incomplete and even erased it and downloaded it a second time to see if I was right. Maybe because the Pride and Prejudice resemblance I was kind of expecting some big misunderstanding at the end with Derek’s mom or something like that. But it was nice reading a story that’s all about the development of the relationship.

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