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Epic Fail

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  24,589 ratings  ·  1,916 reviews
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
Paperback, 295 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by HarperTeen
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I am tempted to create a shelf called the gobblers. Gobblers are books that you soak up in one sitting and are usually oodles of fun. I used to be a gobbler fanatic. Picking up these types of books frequently and reading them like candy. I miss those days sometimes...

Anyways this particular story centers on Elise Benton. She's moved to a L.A. with her family and the changes of course are taking some time. Elise is going to a prep school where everyone knows a movie star, and her mother is the pr
Rachel E. Carter

Do you love Pride & Prejudice?

Do you enjoy light-hearted YA?

Do you enjoy a cute love-hate bantering relationship?

YES to all three?

READ THIS BOOK. <3 Five stars for all-around adorable. Reminds me of a lighter take on Kelly Oram and Meg Cabot. Fluffy, fun, light romance.

I don't know what to say, really. This book's rendered me speechless.

Epic fail was what I thought would turn out as an Epic disaster, or an epic fail like the very title of the story, but I was wrong. Way wrong.

I sympathized for Elise, really. Having a snotty sister, your mum as the principal and your dad as a maths teacher is one of the worst case scenarios when in this story this isn't just a scenario but Elise's reality.
Unlike most cliches though I felt as though the introduction towards ho
3.5 stars

Not mind-blowing, but it was a really cute young adult retelling of Austin's Pride and Prejudice.

Dereck's (Darcy) parents are famous Hollywood actors, and he's learned to be cautious around people.
Naturally, he comes off looking snobby...
Elise's (Elizabeth) mother is the new prep-school principal, and her father is a teacher.
Both are embarrassingly strict/wacky...

The plot sticks relatively close to P&P, but it still goes off on its own here and there. Only one sister is missin
Rating: 1.5 STARS

The way I see it, Epic Fail was a pretty bad book with some ok moments. That's my overall reaction. Maybe it's not an EPIC fail, but it is somewhat of a fail nonetheless. It's just confusing, the characters are weird and flat, and - in my opinion - it's all quite boring. The majority all of the characters annoyed the hell out of me at one point or another, there a lot of stupid situations, and not many good developments of anything, but at least there are a few (keyword: few) fu
I have a love/hate relationship with retellings. On one hand I want it to be close enough to the original that I can see the parallelism. On the other I want it to be different enough that it's its own story. Because if I wanted to read the original, then I would just do that.

Given all that, I actually liked Epic Fail.

I liked how the author wasn't afraid to change stuff in order to give the story a contemporary feel. She axed one of the sisters, changed names and scenes... and I thought it work
Alienor ✘ French frowner ✘
Rating clarification : 1.5 stars

I didn't like that book. Some parts made me roll my eyes. Others made me cringe. Anyway, that's only my opinion and I can totally understand why readers might love it. No judgment here :)

- The plot was predictable. Highly, highly predictable. I know that's a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but come on. That's annoying to guess everything before the characters, because you end up doubting their common sense. Buuut I'll come back to that.

And for those who'd tell
Epic Fail... to me this book was an epic fail indeed. I did not like this book. The characters were boring. The storyline went all over the place. At time, I almost wished we could read more about Juliana and Chase because Elise and Derek were so boring.

There's just too many things I didn't like in this book. How the parents were so controling and old fashion. For example, the girls all have a cell phone but they can't use it at school or at home!?!? So I guess that gives them the ride back fro
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
I simply loved this book. Period. No More No less. :)

Contrast to its title Epic Fail , this one is an Epic Win! for me. It's a great modern rendition of Pride and Prejudice that has kept its own identity separate from the old classic. Its a great re-imagined version or counterpart to the classic love story of the headstrong and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet and the intimidating, aloof,and handsome Mr. Darcy which was retold in a modern day setting of outrageous teens with the characters Eli
Jacob Proffitt
This was a quick read, and fun, but suffered from trying to remake Pride and Prejudice. Seriously, unless you're really good, authors, don't do this! But what do I know? It's YA, so a little leeway might be extended. Still, that ruined some of the fun for me as a) it projected some plot developments too early (like knowing that the Wickham analog is a no good slime ball) and b) any deviations come across as weaknesses (deserved or not).

Take Caroline Bingley/Chelsea, for example. In this book, sh
Sophie Riggsby
*published on Mundie Moms on July 10, 2011*

Who doesn't love a romance story in the summertime? Well, I obviously do and any story that keeps the structure of my beloved Pride and Prejudice is definitely worth the perusal.

Claire LaZebnick brings the rhythm of Pride and Prejudice's plot into the modern day setting of Coral Tree Prep School in Los Angeles. Imagine a school where every kid is not only privileged but also related to a movie star or someone famous. Then imagine a more academic family
Sofia Lazaridou
This book is a 21rt century version of Pride and Prejudice.It's very to see the similarities between those two books.The similarities are the names(Elise Benton-Elizabeth Bennet and Derek's sister Georgia-Mr. Darcy's sister Georgiana)the plot,the end making a little predictable the book without making it boring.It's an easy read and if you like pride and prejudice you will like this one too

Elise Benton moves with her family to California and with her sister Julliana continue their education to a

I want to make an intelligent review about this book but I can't find anything else to say except that this book is... CUTE. Sort of.

It's the kind of book you read without having to think much about it. It's entertaining and if you've read Pride and Prejudice, then you can pretty much get the gist of the story.

There is nothing spectacular here and I find the writing too juvenile, which, I conclude isn't really a bad thing because it's obviously marketed towards the younger audience. I cannot rea
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It hurts to write this review, because I was so excited for this book. I love everything Jane Austen, and when I read modern versions of Pride and Prejudice, it just makes my heart happy.

Sadly, this one didn't quite do the trick for me.

While the characters were supposed to be modern versions of Jane Austen's characters, most of their personalities were too different. Elise (Lizzy's modern counterpart) began the story as a girl unsure of herself who let herself be bullied around by two other char
Gertiebee * the little book bee *
May 14, 2015 Gertiebee * the little book bee * rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of heartwarming YA stories

4 heart-warming stars- This story flows beautifully, so prepare to devour it in one sitting.

“I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that's exactly like being found.”

Epic Fail is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and the Prejudice (P&P).

Meet Elise (Elizabeth)

Juliana's a year older than me, but she sometimes seems younger - mostly because she's the opposite of cynical and I'm the opposite of the opposite of cynical


Meet Derek (Darcy)

A pair of dark eyes that hid more than they
Elise Benton = Elizabeth Bennet
Derek Edwards = Fitzwilliam Darcy
Juliana Benton = Jane Bennet
Chase Baldwin = Charles Bingley
Webster Grant = George Wickham
And that’s what the book is all about in a nutshell.

But being a die-hard Pride and Prejudice fan means that I would like to ramble on for a bit.

There were many things I didn't like about this book, in fact I have trouble finding something I did like.

The characters were all a bit stupid, and their conflicts were hard to believe. They all had major communication issues, I mean seriously If they had managed to talk amongst each other like normal people then they would have avoided so many of these absurd misunderstandings.

Things I didn't like *SPOILERS*:

- Derek getting mad at Elise for trusting Webster more than him. Yes, Derek was right
Short review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik is a cute adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, including the snotty younger sister, the perfect oldest sister, and the opinionated middle sister. Like its predecessor, LaZebnik's tale shows us the dangers of judging people at first sight and not giving them a chance to remedy your already made judgment of them.

Elise, the protagonist, is thrown into the world of the rich and sometimes famous when her

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Epic Fail is one of those books you really have fun while reading them and totally forget about having ever read them in the next hours I'm afraid.

I am huge Jane Austen's fan and since I spotted this book which is basically a retelling of Pride and Prejudice (one of my favorite books ever), I just had to read it. Granted, retellings aren't my thing. Granted again, that every single retelling of a fairy tale or book I have picked until now, wasn
May 27, 2013 Parvathy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pride and Prejudice lovers
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
I seem to be on a streak here. Got some free time and decided why not go for light reads. No over thinking and complicating things.Just plain entertainment. Guess what?? I got to read one of my favorites in a modern package. If you check out the synopsis you will know which book I am talking about. It is none other than "Pride and Prejudice". Now I knew the premise resembled the book when I decided to start it but was not sure to what extent it would go. After reading the book I must say this wh ...more
Chuck Schwager
Epic Fail? Not this novel. Advertised as a young adult novel I suppose a 63 year old man ought not be interested. But as a reader of the classics, especially Austen, Thackeray, Trollope, Dickens, Bennett, etc. I was drawn to LaZebnik’s novel because I have read her other novels. And she does not disappoint.
Do we know what will happen? Most probably adult readers will figure it out. But we don’t read Austen to be thrilled by some plot reversal – we read for the enjoyment of the language and to be
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]

Reading this book in between The Iron Knight and Graceling felt like taking an extended summer vacation with a nice hot guy massaging my feet while sipping a sweet choco latte. Epic Yum! It was cute, sweet and charming. Or as cute as the cover can tell you. You don’t have to expect much in this book because if you did you might end up not liking it. It’s just simple girl-meets-boy with a bit of turns, that’s all.

Epic Fail is an epic good break-time read. An adorable light read but completely
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
I am enthralled with adaptations. I am, however, becoming a little less enthralled with adaptations of the novel Pride and Prejudice. From Bridget Jones to With Zombies to Prom and Prejudice (and on and on and on and on). I get it, of course, Mr. Darcy is the original sexy brooder, Elizabeth is smart and independent, it's without a doubt one of the great romances, but how many times can the same story be told before it loses some of its meaning?

Epic Fail was a fine book. It was breezy and cute
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. This was cute, quick, and easy to tear through. If I hadn't known that this was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, I might have gone lower out of a desire to want to smack the younger sister around repeatedly. Okay, well I still wanted to, but at least I knew that she had been written that way for a reason.

The book was fun. I'm a bit over the average girl hooking the perfect guy, but in this case, it made a lot of sense. The "hot" guy was a well-known son of famous movie-star parents
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
Cute, fun and a great page turner. I don't usually do broody males, but hey, this a retelling, and I loved Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, so eh. Im good.
Harmony Beaufort
Epic Fail was a funny, cute, and positively romantic retelling of Pride and Prejudice that is the type of read you curl up and read in one sitting (which is totally what I did.)

Epic Fail is a Pride and Prejudice retelling set in LA, in a private school for the offspring of the rich and famous. Elise, as well as her three other sisters, have been uprooted from Massachusetts to Hollywood because her parents got a new job at a totally snobby private school, which Elise has to attend. There her old
Bobs (Reader Unbound)
Ladies and gentlemen,
Let me draw your attention on the new, upgrated Pride & Prejudice!

In the lead roles:

Elise Benton as Elizabeth Bennet
Derek Edwards as Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy
Juliana Benton as Jane Bennet
Chase as Charles Bingley
Chelsea as Caroline Bingley
Webster Grand as George Wickham

I cannot express how much I enjoyed Epic Fail!
At the beginning I was so annoyed, I just did not get it why some authors keep taking Miss Jane's ideas. Pride and Prejudice is already written, so why don't th
Jan 23, 2012 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, y-a
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that's exactly like being found.”
- Claire LaZebnik, Epic Fail

When I read Pride and Prejudice a few years ago, I became absorbed in the language. It was so beautifully written. This is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in high school.

I just wasn't impr
Jess (Gone with the Words)
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Epic Fail was a complete WIN! Sometimes I need to read a light, cute story that will leave me smiling when real life is too much to deal with. This was the perfect book for that. I even stayed up way later than I needed to one night because I couldn’t put it away. Totally worth it.

I loved all of the characters and their unique personalities. Elise was so cute and funny, while Derek was this quiet, misunderstood, gorgeous guy. It wa
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