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. – Goodreads
Every time I saw the cover for Epic Fail come up on a blog I thought it was cute, but I never took interest enough to read the summary. It wasn’t until I saw a review that mentioned it was a modernization of Pride and Prejudice that I thought, “Hey, I should check this out!”
I read another Pride and Prejudice modernization earlier this year, Prom and Prejudice, and I didn’t get much enjoyment out of it because there wasn’t a real Lizzie and Darcy vibe for me. Here, though, I thought Claire LaZebnik stuck a bit too close to the source material and I had to pause multiple times to recall Jane Austen’s scenes. Yes, it is a retelling, and it’s to be expected to a certain degree, but I enjoy when authors shake things up a bit, make their interpretation stand out on its own merits, while still keeping touches of the original intact. That said, I think she did a great job modernizing the setting and basic storyline. I could have done without some of the minor characters that popped up, simply because I thought they were unnecessary to the plot here, but it wasn’t that big of an issue for me.
If you’ve read the original, you know how this plays out, so there are no surprises in store. As such, there is only so much character development that can take place which kept me from really enjoying the book. I wish there had been more scenes with just Derek and Elise, but I did love how chapter seventeen played out and those last couple of lines before the very last (yay, vagueness!). I wanted MORE!, but then the book ended abruptly after all the drama was dealt with. Sigh. The book could have benefited with additional fluffy scenes!
If you’re looking for a quick and light read, look no further. I finished it in one sitting and, though I obviously found some issues with it, I thought it was a fun way to pass the time.