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Epic Fail

av Claire LaZebnik

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In this modern take on "Pride and Prejudice," Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood's most famous celebrity couple.
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    readr: Both are modern day high school adaptations of Pride and Prejudice.
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Pride and prejudices is my most favorite book of all times: it’s romantic, original, amazing and unique but most importantly: inimitable. So what is it with authors today trying to retell it? It’s not like it needed a je-ne-sais-quoi of something or that it lacked a fact here, another cheesy line there to make it perfect, it’s flawless just the way it is.

Sadly, there are tons of said books out there, promising a modern retelling of my beloved classic, sometimes it’s just a pale imitation, a disaster or so I’ve heard, but sometimes and I mean extremely rarely sometimes *shock* the author succeedes and ends up coming with a hilarious, fantastic and lovable book that will make you laugh hard and like almost every aspect of their story and their characters.

Fortunately for me, Epic Fail falls in the latter category.

Because in fact, “Epic Fail” is an Epic Win.

If you have read Pride and Prejudices (and liked it) then no worries, there’s not much new but then there’s nothing not to like, the story follows smoothly the main events of the classic, with tricky and modern, very-well-done twists. You are easily attached to our main protagonists: Elise Benton is hilarious with her heavy sarcasm and quick, witty comeback. Derek Edwards (who were mentioned by his first and last name throughout the whole book), the son of two gold stars of Hollywood fit pretty good in the Darcy persona: moody, coming as a standoffish, cold brat, hardly ever smiling but when showing his soft ¬— true side he turns into this dreamy, shyly romantic guy you just want to… well, to do bad things with.

I loved it. I kept reading until 3 a.m. on a night school. Also with the last few pages, Epic Fail kind of reminded why and how much I adored Pride and Prejudices and just like that, I fell in love with it all over again.
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  Ash600 | Mar 19, 2021 |
One of the better medernization stories of Pride and Prejudice. I like the overall story line, although the character name changes was a bit challenging to get used to. ( )
  clutzycaro | Dec 23, 2020 |
I had a hard time finding any common ground with the characters. We meet Elise and her sisters pretty quickly and it is after a move that has put them into a Prep School. There are all sorts of snotty kids at the school and quite a few kids of celebrities. Elise's mom and dad both work at the prep school and while that is uncomfortable in itself, her mother is the Principal; making the situation worse for the girls.
Elise of course has a crush on the mysterious Derek, whom is the son of two movie stars. Derek acts like it is a chore to listen to people talk about his parents and really puts off a "don't bother me" vibe.
This is pretty much your average teen book with a few cliches thrown in for good measure. The writing was ok and kept me reading, but it isn't something I would pick up again. ( )
  chaoticbooklover | Dec 26, 2018 |
This book was too cute and a get pride and prejudice modernization!! It helped me get out of the funk I've been in!! ( )
  Martha.Louise.Owen | Apr 23, 2018 |
As a fan of Jane Austen in general, I love reading books that are based on her plots because I think that the relationships in the Jane Austen books still do apply - in some way - to the relationships in our present society. So I was very excited to read Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik, if only because it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

There were many elements of Pride and Prejudice in this story, but, I often felt that they were forced. I might be nit-picking here but there were times situations seemed to develop just to force the plot forward, for example, did Layla really need to go to her older sister’s bedroom to answer a text message? Couldn’t she go into the bathroom? That seemed more private. But she needed to go to her sisters room to raise some conflict. Just little things like this through the entire book that didn’t seem rational to me. Julianna is continually painted as this good and kind sister, but she doesn’t do much that makes her stand out as a good and kind character. The mother is ultimately creepy and doesn’t seem to know it, which makes me wonder how she could have a job as a Principle in the first place.

I think Epic Fail would have done better on its own rather than trying to follow the Pride and Prejudice format. The ending dragged on, I felt as though it might have been better to have ended it with Elise and Derek finally making amends and finally getting together, but this happened early on in the story and didn’t feel as romantic as it’s predecessor.

Perhaps I’m old school, but if you’re looking for a Pride and Prejudice fix I wouldn’t recommend Epic Fail, however, if you’re looking for a fluffy romance, then Epic Fail fits perfectly.
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  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
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In this modern take on "Pride and Prejudice," Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood's most famous celebrity couple.

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