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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
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Paperback, 295 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by HarperTeen
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Jamie Given Jane Austen did not write a sequel to Pride and Prejudice that Claire LaZebnik could copy all characters and plot points from - I doubt it.

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Cara
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
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Cait • A Page with a View
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-ya
This was almost 5 stars -- I was NOT expecting to love this so much!! It's one of the best modernizations of Pride and Prejudice I've found (except The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will always be my favorite).

The dialogue is hilariously realistic, the characters are so well done, and the story is just plain fun regardless of whether or not you're obsessed with Austen. Jane is Juliana, Elizabeth is Elise, Lydia is Layla, George Wickham is Grant Webster, Caroline is Chelsea, and Darcy is Derek. They're
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Rachel E. Carter
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
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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.

Daiane
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Yeah... Fail...
(Still on my phone in the middle of a forest with bad reception. So review coming soon :D)
Anne
3.5 stars

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

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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
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Maru
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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✶Rachelle✶
3 stars



And yet..... =)

This was so adorable! It followed the main points of Pride and Prejudice but still had it's own story, which I really appreciate. It wasn't perfect, and honestly I think that it should have been longer...there was a lot more material the author could have worked with. Overall it was a fun read. I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a good P&P retelling (that doesn't have zombies).


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Pride and Prejudice set in high school?

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 te
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Stephanie
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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Beatrice Masaluñga
Aug 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
Epic Fail = Epic Fail

I didn't like the story at all. Nah. An elite school filled with rich spoiled bastards and bitches. The main characters are pretty unlikable (count the other characters as well. Whiny damn sisters.). Elise is too whiny and Derek is an arrogant jerk. I'm so annoyed with these two and they are not cute. They are both boring in my opinion. This book is just plain boring.

Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
“No one's family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior.”


*Might contain spoilers*
What? How can you just end it like that? I felt like many chapters where missing and that we didn't get the full story, or the perfect ending... I mean, I felt like we only got the beginning of their relationship. Made me wish for a sequel.. However, it was a quick read and definitely not a waste of my time, which I actually was afraid it would be. I d
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Alexa
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
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
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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
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Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*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
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Penelope
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-books
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
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Izia
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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Sofia Lazaridou
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love
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

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Mimi
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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Namratha
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Elise Benton = Elizabeth Bennet
Derek Edwards = Fitzwilliam Darcy
Juliana Benton = Jane Bennet
Chase Baldwin = Charles Bingley
Webster Grant = George Wickham
EPIC FAIL = The Ya-Lit version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
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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.

E
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Gertiebee * the little book bee *
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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

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Meet Derek (Darcy)

A pair of dark eyes that hid more than they
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Sol
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: worst-of-worst
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
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Natalie
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Pride and Prejudice retellings can be a bit hit or miss with me, but I thought this one was overall quite good. It followed the original (mostly, but where was Mary????) but converted nicely to the boarding school ya setting.

I liked the Wickham/Darcy feud and the author did a good job capturing the Lizzie character’s conflicted feelings about the Darcy character. I wasn’t really satisfied with how Lydia and Mr and Mrs Bennett were represented though. Yes, Mrs Bennett was embarrassing, but she d
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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
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Anna
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it

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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
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Parvathy
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dayla
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Sophie
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016, 3-stars
You'll probably be sick of hearing me say this, but any book that has any sort of connection to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is bound to get on my radar. So when I heard about this, I downloaded the book, and immediately got onto it.

In Epic Fail, Elise Benton and her sisters start at the prestigious Coral Tree Prep School when their mam is given the headteacher position. Elise and Juliana are flung into the snobby and snarky lifestyle of the LA Elite, and they're at a disadvantage that thei
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Chuck Schwager
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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“No one's family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior.” 276 likes
“I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that's exactly like being found.” 181 likes
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