Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Cast 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."
If you want a quick, lighthearted contemporary YA romance novel, you could do worse than Epic Fail. And if that doesn't sound like an epic win, that's because I was hoping for more wit. It's not that Epic Fail is bad- it isn't- it's just so very, very much a Pride & Prejudice retelling without any surprises. It would work well as a primer to Austen, and it was definitely a fast read, but it felt more like a fluffy confection dessert than a novel.
I'm on a clear Jane Austen kick (I re-read all of her novels earlier this year), which I am trying to get over before I start wearing bonnets and having proper tea.
Labels: book review, claire lazebnik, coming of age, contemporary, epic fail, pride and prejudice, romance, YA