Monday, March 25, 2013


Title: Epic Fail
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Edition: eBook
Published: August 2nd 201
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 309
Source: Free from Amazon
Category: Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary
Trailer: Not applicable

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 is hilarious.

Elise and her family transferred from Massachusetts to California. She is not sure what to expect with the life they have to face. During her first day at her new high school, she's blown away by her school mate's standard in life. Everyone is almost wearing designer clothes, have expensive cars and they are beautiful. Especially Derek, a popular handsome guy whose parents are both famous Hollywood actors. She knows she likes him but couldn't figure him out.

I was so surprised to learn that Epic Fail is a retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I haven't read the latter but I surely enjoyed this novel. It is such a light read that fits to what I currently need. It is always nice to shift from paranormal or dystopia to chick lit or contemporary from time to time because I honestly find it relaxing. And I am so happy I was able to finish this one in one sitting.

I don't agree much with some of the characters like Derek's indifference, Elise's misjudgements, Layla's annoying behavior or Chelsea's insecurities. But LaZebnik made them work together and secured such delightful spinoff of the novel. And I love Chase to bits.

Epic Fail is a fun novel that one could get easily hooked to. It is light and easy read that surely brought smile to my lips and healed my reading/blogging slump at the moment.

"No one's family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior."

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