11 March 2012

Review: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik


Epic Fail
Claire LaZebnik

Published August 2nd 2011

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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.

My Review

In Epic Fail, Elise Benton is the new girl at Coral Tree High, having just moved half way across the country for her parents new job. This would be hard enough on a teenage girl, but you know that job they moved for? Well it just so happens that her Mum is the new Principle and her father the new maths teacher.

I think what I like most about this novel is that its main focus and theme is to not judge a book by its cover - not pun intended. Hot famous guy, with movie star parents, that stands aloof and is rude and pushes people away? Got to be a total jerk right? But in this novel, the author explores reasons behind why people act like jerks, why first impressions aren't always right, and why it is that we should judge people before you get to know them.

Epic Fail  is a light, fluffy read that flows well and has a layered, yet simple plot. I found myself feeling continually embarrassed for Elise and Jules for the way that their family acted around their friends - but it felt real, like a real family would act.

I got annoyed with some of the characters, with my thoughts thinking, "Enter King Douche, ruler of Jerkvill!" But perhaps that was the author's intention - to make the reader dislike and distrust them. And then other times I'm like, "Why you so stupid!" On the other hand, there were a many super sweet moments  that had me going, "Awww!" and I think that they more than made up for the few not so great moments.

I don't usually like to read books about general high school life. They always seem way to over dramatic and too much, "Oh, my life is over!" But then again, most of these novels are written by American's about American schools, so I don't know, maybe that's what it's like over there? I've never been to the States so I have only my experiences in rural Australia as a reference point.

Anyways, my opinion on Epic Fail? Not bad, but not great either. It's one of those novels that are good for when you want a break from your own problems and want to read about somebody else's.


3 out of 5

2 comments :

  1. Great review. I've been wanting to read this book for a little while but hadn't read any recent reviews on it so I wasn't sure. Nah, school here in the States isn't really anything like what's written in books. Though I don't know about in Australia but High School can be tougher for some with that whole teen angst thing. Overall, we're not all that bad:)

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  2. LOL thanks for the update! My school is way different than other school, even here in Australia. A large portion of the school is a farm with goats, chickens, cattle, crops ... you even have to cross the road to get to the other half!

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