Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.

“Epic Fail” is a re-imagination of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. I haven’t read the original tale, so this review will not discuss its relation to that.

Elise Benton is the daughter of Coral Tree Prep’s new—and strict—principal. When her beautiful sister starts hanging out with one of the cool kids, Elise is introduced to Derek Edwards—the prince of the school. Despite their initial dislike for each other, Elise and Derek grows to form a sort of friendship, but Elise refuses to fall for his smiles. Instead, she chooses to hang out with the charming and funny Webster Grant; Derek’s enemy.

“Epic Fail” is a light and humorous read. It mixed the typical love story, with the clichés of the rich and famous.

The characters were relatable and it was relatively easy to follow the main character’s logic. I particularly enjoyed how the main couple didn’t have insta-love, but instead grew to know each other as they helped their friends to salvage their relationship.

With that said, I was a bit iffy about some things. The more serious topics of the rich and famous—Scandals, trust issues, crimes, paparazzi and blackmail—struck me as something that could have benefitted a different story than the rom-com teen fiction I had expected.

But other than that, “Epic Fail” was a generally lovely story. Adorable side characters. Main Characters that I could root for. And the bad guys were some I could easily curse.

I would recommend this book for people who want something light. Perhaps in between two more intense stories.

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