Review: Epic Fail by Claire LeZebnik

Epic Fail
Claire LeZebnik’s Website
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Purchased from Amazon for Kindle App
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Rating: 2.75/5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

In this modern take on “Pride and Prejudice,” Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood’s most famous celebrity couple.

My Thoughts:

Yes, I read ANOTHER take on Pride and Prejudice.  In case you haven’t noticed, I am obsessed with P&P, and have been since I first read the book back in eleventh grade in high school (in case you are wondering, that is about ten years ago).  So, when I heard about Epic Fail, I immediately added it to my to-read list on GoodReads.  Unfortunately, my library system didn’t have a copy.  But then I saw it was on sale on Amazon for $2.99 and I jumped all over that.

This is a very light, quick read.  I can’t say there is anything new here, but I couldn’t stop smiling and giggling while I was reading.  I don’t think this is the best take on P&P, but I definitely enjoyed it, and don’t regret buying it.

The main character, Elise, is likable, but not as awesome as the real Lizzie Bennet (but who is?).  Sometimes, I did think she overreacted.  Especially when a certain someone was asking her to the semiformal.  I didn’t feel like that someone was being that insulting, and Elise freaked out.  But maybe I am comparing it too much to the original P&P.

I thought Derek was amazing!  That’s all I can say.  Awesome.

So, for any P&P fans, I just want to let you know that there is no Mr. Collins character in Epic Fail.  LeZebnik does allude to a character that I think is supposed to be Mr. Collins, but he really doesn’t make an appearance.  I really wish there was a Mr. Collins.  He is a pretty funny character, although it is difficult to have a character like that in a modern day setting.

Th plot is good, very similar to P&P (I have no problem with that, BTW).  I did think the ending was pretty abrupt, though.  When I read the last line, I actually said “that’s it?”   But I am so glad I read this.  I love anything Pride and Prejudice.  For fans of P&P that like books inspired by it, check this one out.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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2 Responses to Review: Epic Fail by Claire LeZebnik

  1. fakesteph says:

    I’ve never read P&P (I’m sorry!) but this sounds cute. I love books that make you go all giggly. 🙂

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