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Epic Fail

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  19,546 ratings  ·  1,611 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...more
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...more
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...more
I don't know what to say, really. This book's rendered me speechless.

But I lied, I do know what to say.

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.
People have issues by calling this story cliche but let's be logical here, all stories have their cliche moments even reality has it's cliche moments so to those people bitching about the book being too cliche please shut the hell up, your opinion can be...more
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...more
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...more
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

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...more
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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...more
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...more
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.

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...more
Epic Fail is that kind of novel which gives you mini heart attacks, hyperventilation and never-ending butterflies in your stomach.

We have a filipino word to sum it all up.

See Vice Ganda (a Filipino comedian) do it.

They said twitter patted is the English translation.

To sum up the plot. Girl meets boy, who is a son of famous celebrities.
Then you know what happens next. Simple as that. Yet. There's a certain edge to this YA contemporary book.

I guess a bazillion girls out there would like to m...more
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...more
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...more
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

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...more

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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...more
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...more
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...more
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 the...more
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 impres...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
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...more
Abegail Topado

Basically, the world is a giant shithole. But some of us are capable of imagining something better.

4.5 stars! :)

I like the relationship of the two main characters since the beginning; with Derek as the snob son of two of the most known couple in Hollywood and Elise showing nothing more than what she thought of Derek, a cute guy she happened to noticed at the cafeteria and that they are forced to hang out together only because of Chase(Derek's bestfriend) likes Jules(Elise's sister) and vice vers...more
This book was quirky and so rom-com!
I didn't know what to think- but overall Claire-the author pulled this modern day take on pride and prejudice off well. She could however have mixed it up a little so it wasn't so predictable all the way through. It had so much more potential and she could have still stuck to the original take but added her own originality to it so there was more spontaneity to the story. For those who have read pride and prejudice although it isn't to everyone's liking-most...more
Mimi Valentine

And I do not say that lightly. I mean, I literally have such an author-girl crush on this fantastic author that I read ALL THREE of her YA contemporary novels (all based on Jane Austen novels, by the way) in one day. This is not an exaggeration. My best friend will attest to the fact that I would not let him interrupt me during that period where I surrounded myself by Claire's wit for a full twenty-four hours, reading and re-reading the passages I thought were...more
3.5 stars.

Epic Fail was a fast, enjoyable read. Kudos to LaZebnick for incorporating the characters and plot points of Pride and Prejudice into a story about modern teens so well. I don't usually enjoy YA novels, but I would recommend this one to Austen fans.
Poco o nada comentaré de este libro, pues es la típica historia (poco o nada creíble) que tienen por costumbre publicar las editoriales.

Como siempre, ella que bueno, tiene unos amigos y bla bla bla, tendrá un encontronazo con aliasSexy de la clase, el cual como viene siendo de costumbre resultará que si estará forrado, que si su casa es la mejor (porque por lo que se ve, la típica casa americana de dos pisos es una choza acabada) pero en fin. El chaval es hijo de actores, toma ya. Así que lo ant...more
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...more
Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)
Cute. Light. Easy.

Ever since I saw the cover a half year back I wanted to buy the paperback. When I read the annotation I was all in, thinking it will be a sweet, funny YA - I never asked for a good modern-day teen love story, I was even in the mood for going along with corny, but the book was a surprise. It is not corny. It is not complicated - actually cute, light and easy describe it best. There was just not enough to captivate, not as much laughter-inspiring words as I expected.

There was one...more
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