Epic Fail [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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Epic Fail

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Elise Benton is not starting her junior year off on the right foot. On her first day at elite Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, she walks right into one of the most popular girls at school. From there, things seem to spiral downward: she's told that she isn't wearing the right clothes; her mother is the much-disliked principal; and the son of town royalty, Derek Edwards, catches her staring at him, much to his chagrin. As if that weren't humiliating enough, she soon learns that her sister is dating Derek's best friend, which forces Elise and Derek to be together frequently—and unwillingly. Elise makes it her mission to resist his occasional charms and instead fall for Derek's enemy, Webster Grant. But first impressions can be deceiving, and people aren't always as they seem. LaZebnik takes her inspiration for this novel from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Teen girls will identify with Elise, who is likable enough, but with a sharp tongue to match her Regency counterpart, Elizabeth Bennet. The many near-miss romantic moments between Elise and Derek create excitement and help further the plot. The themes are universal and interesting enough to grab even reluctant readers. Epic Fail is a fun, romantic read.—Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Stark County District Library, Canton, OH
Publishers Weekly
In this latest contemporary update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the four Benton sisters are uprooted from their life in Massachusetts to sunny Los Angeles, where everyone they meet at Coral Tree Prep has rich and famous parents. The oldest girls, high school junior and senior Elise and Juliana, are appropriately spunky and sweet-natured stand-ins for Elizabeth and Jane, appearing along with the rest of Austen's cast in adult author LaZebnik's (If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home by Now) YA debut. Darcy becomes Derek, the handsome but prickly son of Brangelina-level celebrities; Wickam is Webster, who charms his way into the middle of Elise and Derek's budding romance; and Bingley becomes Chase, who is immediately taken with Juliana and destined to end up with her, too. LaZebnik's story has the feel of a summery teen rom-com, and although the author's adherence to Austen's original narrative makes her contemporary twists (misunderstandings via text messages instead of letters, for example) less twisty, Elise's first-person narration has ample wit. For Austen devotees, this adaptation will be reassuringly familiar and charming enough. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)
Polly Shulman
“Jane Austen fans will have fun finding the clever parallels in this contemporary take on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, while Austen innocents can just sit back and enjoy the romance.”
Jen Calonita
“I thoroughly enjoyed this charming tale about the joys and perils of going to school and navigating relationships with the celebrity set and their complicated offspring. Claire LaZebnik has done anything but fail.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062093257
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 21,509
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 859 KB

Meet the Author

Claire LaZebnik lives in Los Angeles with her TV-writer husband and four children. She has co-authored two books about autism with Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel (Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum). Her previous novels include Knitting Under the Influence, The Smart One and the Pretty One, Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts, Epic Fail, and The Trouble with Flirting.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Hilarious, lol

    I read this book in two days, it would of been less if I wasn't so busy. It was hilarious. I actually laughed in class out loud and publicly embarrassed my self, but it was totally worth it. It was cute and really quick and light. Perfect for anytime of the day, and admittedly night. Teen girls, unless you're a guy who wants to know how girls think? I'm going to read all her books, and keep loling in class.

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Must read!

    This book was a very well done modern retake on Pride & Prejudice. I knew exactly how it would end but I could not for the life of me put this book down. It was so cute and absolutely hilarious. Elise, the main character, is very witty and embodies all that is Elizabeth Bennet in the original tale by Jane Austen. Derek is an amazing Mr. Darcy, which is not easy to say because I absolutely adore the actual Mr. Darcy. You know a book is good when you can feel exactly what the characters are feeling and you can make connections with them through that, and this book kept me on my toes the whole time. I literally felt nervous, sad, and angry during different situations in the book. This book is a very good and easy read. I highly recommend it. And if your looking for another good modern remake of Pride & Prejudice I would recommend you read Prom & Prejudice. Do not be deterred by the pink cover or by the title. I myself held off on reading it because it looked so girly and cheesy, but when I had nothing else to read I ended up checking it out and loving it.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Good suspense, great love story with likeable characters. worth

    Good suspense, great love story with likeable characters. worth the time

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Soooooooo good!

    This book was so funny! I was laughing aloud in every chapter! The characters were so life-like and unique and the plot had some VERY interesting twists! I recommend it to anyone who likes comedy romance!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    My Summary: Elise is starting a new school for her junior year

    My Summary:

    Elise is starting a new school for her junior year in a new city with her older sister Julianna, a senior. Too bad her mom is the new principal. The exclusive prep school isn't really what she's used to and making friends is proving to be a challenge. Not for Julianna though. She's caught the eye of the adorable Chase, the best friend of Derek, prince of the school. Thrown together with Derek, Elise isn't sure she wants to be his friend. What is his story? Then she finds Webster Grant, a funny attractive guy that is hated by Derek. Maybe Elise is better suited for Webster. But first impressions are sometimes wrong and there is almost always more to the story than anyone wants to admit. The pride and the prejudice that fills the cliques of a high school always get in the way of true love.

    My Thoughts:

    3 1/2 stars - a great read

    So I've been on another paranormal reading binge and I really needed a break. I love just standing at my bookshelf looking at the books I haven't read and choosing whatever I want to read. Last Sunday, I did just that. I picked up several books, mostly stand alone contemporary romance. I consulted friends on twitter but I finally settled on this one. I sat down to read and five hours later, I finished the book.

    It was so nice to be so enthralled with a book that I just kept turning the pages. There were no supernatural creatures to keep track of or paranormal worlds to figure out. No, it was a high school love story. I devoured it.

    I liked the characters. Derek was this brooding gorgeous guy whose parents were famous movie stars. He didn't like people wanting to be around him because of his parents. But after you cut through his protective walls, he is this great guy with a fun sense of humor. His strong dislike of Webster is intriguing. I figured it out pretty quickly but that doesn't take away from the story. Elise is a strong responsible junior whose is trying to balance family and friends. She falls for some of the prejudice traps but when she discoverers her mistakes, she's quick to forgive and forget. Both characters are great fun people that I enjoyed reading about.

    The story is strong and has some parallel to the original Jane Auston novel. I will never get tired of reading stories based on that classic. I did find a few inconsistencies and a couple of plot points that I felt should have been resolved but I just needed to read a fun book like this so I didn't care.

    If you're looking for a quick romantic read that doesn't take any real thought on your part, then check this one out. It's a great read.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Hahaha!

    This is a good bookk! I read it in less than 5 hrs. I laughed out loud A LOT and humiluated myself. Its just one of those quick, cute, aww books. It actually made me think of better ways to treat my brothers....HA! JK. But seriously it was a good book:)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Love it

    Amazing books. I love Elise and Derek's relationship

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    :)

    Very cute play on the original book/movie. I found myself comparing the charactors from this book to the original. It's more fun to read if you have read Pride and Prejudice. (No clue how to spell that) I loved it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Love it!

    Haven't even finished the book yet, but already I'm in love! The characters and plot are so real, i could just imagine myself being there. It's really funny and sweet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Epic fail

    This is an amazing book has an ending twist and you will fall in love with derek i love the romance between elise and derek

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

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    Rating: 3.5 The Low Down: Elise Benton¿s family has moved ac

    Rating: 3.5




    The Low Down: Elise Benton’s family has moved across the country from Collegiate-Town, Massachusetts to La La Land, California. Elise and her older sister, Juliana, along with the third Benton sister, Layla, will all attend an exclusive private school called Coral Tree Prep. Youngest sister Kaitlyn is in middle school.




    It’s only the first day of school and Juliana, the sweet one, has already attracted the interest of Chase Baldwin. Unfortunately, Elise has attracted the ire of his sister, Chelsea, and the glower of his best friend, Derek. The only thing that can make this more embarrassing is the fact that the new head of school is her blowsy mother who is equal parts Rules Standard Bearer and twittering cheerleader. Luckily, Juliana makes friends with Webster Grant, a cute and funny boy who, apparently, has been named persona non grata by Derek.




    Juliana is in love, but when she receives some ugly texts from Chase, she is heartbroken. As for Elise, how is it that the closed-off and terse Derek can be warm and happy sometimes? What of the seething hatred that he has for Webster? And can Elise figure it out before it’s too late - for all of them?




    Best Thang ‘Bout It: I didn’t remember that this book was based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice when I started reading it. All of the sudden after reading for a few pages - DING! - the light went on. So of course, I settled into the couch and let the book take me away, searching for those similarities that reminded me of my favorite book. There were many, some subtle, but they made me smile. This is not the first book based on P&P, and it certainly (I hope) won’t be the last.




    Moving the action to Hollywood/Los Angeles made for a new twist, as well as the Benton family being the one who moved into town and not the traditional route of the main male characters, etc., coming to them.




    So...: You can’t squeeze everything into an adaptation, and shouldn’t, especially when the original source material was published 200 years ago. In our time period, you can’t have teens marrying at the end or girls running off with boys, so you have to make adjustments. They were well done for the most part, but I thought having Elise’s cousin, Diana, as the voice of reason (sort of the Charlotte character, for those of you taking notes), was unneeded. She is only in two brief scenes that don’t really add anything to the story. I, for one, certainly appreciate the fact that there was no attempt to shove EVERYTHING into this retelling.




    The Bottom Line: Hollywood Setting + Adaptation = Familiar storyline with new twists. YA-a-fying a classic makes for a fun, romantic read with great, relatable characters.




    Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik was published August 2, 2011 by HarperTeen. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.




    Genre:Young Adult Contemporary Fiction Romance
    Ages: 13 and up
    You Might Want to Know: Some profanity

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Wotlrth it!

    This book is like a modern of Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen. Though there many other parady book of PP, this one is the one that I love the most. Unlike the others, it leaves you wondering what would happen next.

    So if your interested in books with a strong female lead, and amazing bloomin love, this book is right for you.

    BUY IT AND I PROMISE YOU WON'T REGRET IT! ^_^

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Anonymous

    I loved it and I read it within 2-4 hours. It was a great book and would definetally recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Ugh

    The ending sucked. I mean there were somany unanswered questions. Was truly funny felt rushed in someplaces then it dragged in others. I wish there could of been an epilogue to this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Best book ever.

    My favorite book of all time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Love this book

    I loved this book. BYE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Good buck

    So awsome

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Good

    I wish it was longer. All the book what we're waiting for is for them to be together and what their relationship will be like but at the end, the story is cut short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Amazing

    Sort review, this book is cute and short. A great retelling of Pride and Prejudge

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