Review~ Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnikAuthor~ Claire LaZebnik
Genre~ Contemporary YA
At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Cast 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 is a Contemporary YA that is a modern take on Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. I am a huge fan of P&P so I was definitely unsure of how the translation would be into modern teenagers but it was fantastic. I read this book in one day, it isn't that long though. I enjoyed the similarities pretty much everything that happens in this book can parallel to P&P but the circumstances and ways the events take place are different. Like P&P this book really thrives on its really developed characters and yes their basis comes the original but they are still unique.
Obviously the book does become slightly predictable if you have read Pride and Prejudice but I was able to enjoy it besides that fact. This story overall was just really cute! Elise was hysterical yet annoying stubborn and Derek was a little misunderstood but funny in his own ways. I liked the comparison of English Royalty/Wealth to Americas Celebrities in Hollywood. The only thing that I would say didn't fit right was the overbearing mother, Elise's mother is the principle of the school and very strict so her wanting her daughter to date the son of two actor's wasn't weaved in a very good way. Though I knew that she was trying to show a mother like Elizabeth's who wanted to marry her daughter off to a rich man.
I thoroughly loved this story it was a great fun read. You don't have to think to much, in doesn't go very deep. It is a heart warming take on Pride and Prejudice that I happened to adore!