Epic Fail By Claire LaZebnik Genre: Young Adult/ Contempary.
Rating: B / 3.5 stars.
Summary: 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.
Review: I read this simply for the fact that I want to start getting into the summer reads and I heard this was a cute, easy read. Which it was. The story takes place around Elise whos family and herself have just moved to L.A. With her mom now being the principal of her new school. There, she and her sister Julia stick together and decide to stay with each other during lunch. Which leads to Julia her sister instantly taking a liking to a boy called Chase whos parents own a studio. Because of them having lunch with Chase for Julias sake, Elise has to deal with Derek Edwards Chase bestfriend and also son of the most famous people in America. But its not easy because Derek happens to be ignorant and unsociable.
I thought the concept of this was really sweet. It's based on the book Pride and Prejudice, which I havent actually read myself. But I know of certain events that happen in that story. And there are a few simular intakes. Like Darcy in Pride and Prejudice; Derek is wealthy and arrogant in some ways. He takes a liking to Elise but comes across as shallow, since he dosent interact well with alot of people who idolize him. Like Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice; Elise is a delightful character, who dosent come from money, who only wants to go out with someone for their personality not for their wealth and sees Derek as an actual person not a celebritys spawn. Shes very close with her family and you can tell how much she cares about them. I really liked the sisters in this story and how very real they were. How you got to know a bit about her family and how they stuck together. Even though their little sister Layla was annoying at times and you wanted to slap her you could tell she was just a young sister wanting to be apart of their fun.
The ending was major fluff and cute. It wasnt the best book I've ever read or the worst. I just didn't like the way they ended things with Webster, I felt that was a little rushed. The book quickly started and quickly ended, it was a light read. Nothing thats to in depth, just something to read in the summer sun. If your looking for a intelligent read then I wouldnt say this is the one. This book goes straight into it and yes there were parts where I thought maybe they could of dragged it out a little but this is a quick light read book thats obviously not supposed to be too long to read. The characters quickly like each other and things quickly happen so if your wanting a fast paced book I would say to read this.
If your doing a summer challenge this year I would add this book to your list :D
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