Book Review: Epic Fail

Epic Fail CoverBook: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

Published August 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers|Pages: 304

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: None

Genre: YA Contemporary

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Summary: 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 was really cute and it was a fun read!

Epic Fail is predictable in a lot of ways.  Elise is the new girl, surrounded by people who have a lot more money than she does.  She (SPOILER ALERT!) ends up with the guy in the end, but kind of likes this other guy first before realizing he’s an idiot.

But I still liked it.  There’s just something fun and cute about Elise realizing that people aren’t what they seem, and to look beyond first impressions.  I also liked the relationship Elise and Juliana had- it’s really nice to see siblings get along instead of hating each other or seeing each other as a rival…actually, they don’t seem to get along with their younger sister, but I’m an only child so that’s not a relationship I’m familiar with.

I’m not the biggest fan of Elise and Derek.  I really felt like they were together just to be together, and for me, they didn’t have any chemistry.  When they finally get together, I was like…”that’s it?”  I just found myself not caring about their relationship.  Plus, the ending was sort of…abrupt.

Elise’s parents were a bit much.  I liked what we saw of her dad, and it seems like they have a great relationship…it’s just too bad we don’t see a lot of it, because I like seeing great parent-child relationships in books.  As for Elise’s mom: she’s this strange combination of strict parent/principal who seems to dislike how snobby people are while sucking up to Derek and his parents.  I totally wish we saw why she was pushing Derek and Elise together, because her obsession with Elise and Derek dating for no apparent reason was just really weird.  In general, the characters were okay, and they did what they were supposed to.

Final Thoughts:

I’m not really sure what else to say about Epic Fail.  It’s cute and fluffy, which is perfectly fine, and I did like it…just not as much as I was expecting.  Epic Fail gets 3 stars.


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