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Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

Another modern take on the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. I never get tired of reading re-tellings especially if they're as entertaining as this book.

Title: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Pages: 288
Release Date: August 2nd 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary (from Goodreads):

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, contrary to what the title suggests, is a cute, fast read. A feel good novel, one of those books you'd want to read once in a while to cheer you up when you need to.

Never be quick to judge. Elise had to learn this lesson the hard way. The book mostly revolves around Elise's misconception of just what kind of person Derek Edwards is. Sure he's rich, his parents are Hollywood famous stars, and he's gorgeous. All of those things do not matter to Elise, but she finds herself judging every move made by Derek. Why is he so aloof? Is he a snob? She always assumes the worst when it comes to Derek, but not on other people. Fitting in to a school filled with rich people, with a mother as the school principal and coming from a middle class family proved to be a challenge.

I feel refreshed seeing the main characters not fawning over each other at first sight. Truly, I was so entertained seeing Derek and Elise fight instead of swearing love for each other the moment they met. I can't get enough of how they seem to be always irritated at each other. Derek is this guy who doesn't seem to know the right things to say to a girl, and Elise is this girl who is trying to be normal in a school that seems way out of her league. Sometimes I just want to smack both of them in the head. They're both stubborn and that made their relationship all the more complicated. I love it how they always seem to get stuck with each other because Derek's best friend and Elise's sister are in love. And even though Elise and Derek spends most of their time fighting, you can't deny the chemistry between both characters, which made Epic Fail much more enjoyable.

I absolutely love Elise's relationship with her sister. Granted, they had strict parents, but you rarely see, even read of sisters being as close as Elise was to Juliana. The family dynamics in this book is really good, it almost feel a little bit like Seventh Heaven. There's a cute little sister, a problem child and hilarious parents!

Epic Fail is a wonderful, wonderful re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. One of the best among all that I've read so far. Funny at times, romance all the way, Epic Fail is the perfect summer read if you're looking for a light, feel good YA romance book.

Content (plot, story flow, character):
Very cute, funny and totally romantic read!

Shining: Worthy of a Goddess' Love!

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