Epic Fail by Claire LazebnikEpic Fail by Claire Lazebnik

Epic Fail

byClaire Lazebnik

Paperback | August 2, 2011

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Pride and Prejudice goes Hollywood in this winning romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s classic. In her teen fiction debut, the author of Knitting Under the Influence goes back to high school for a tale of sisters, misinformation, and star-crossed love.

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.

Claire LaZebnik lives in Los Angeles with her TV-writer husband and four children. She has co-authored two books about autism with Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel (Overcoming AutismandGrowing Up on the Spectrum). Her previous novels includeKnitting Under the Influence,The Smart One and the Pretty One,Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts,Epic Fa...
Title:Epic FailFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:August 2, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061921262

ISBN - 13:9780061921261

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good entertainment Good for reading in one afternoon if you are bored.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Fail Wow.that was amazing .it was sooooooooo funny!
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touched me This story by claire lazebnic really touched me when it came to comunicating the ways of our society and relationship miscomunications. Every since the beginning you feel as if the main characters have an innerstruggle but soon develops into something more<3
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review this book is A modern day pride and prejudice set in high sch0ol. An quick and easy read.
Date published: 2014-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent overall, disappointing end. Good book, with a number of funny moments. The ending was lackluster however; very abrupt without any real closure. As someone else said, it's almost as though the auhtor just stopped writing.
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EPIC FAIL Loved this book
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great adaptation This was an awesome modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I really enjoyable read.
Date published: 2013-08-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Epic Fail Save your money - this was a terrible book. Poorly defined characters, wimpy plot. Uggh. Just a waste of time and money
Date published: 2013-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More please! I loved this book wish it had more.
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, Not Great Epic fail is a pretty good book. I love the characters and think that almost all of them are fully developed, except maybe Kaitlyn and a few others. Its a good book, but I expected more. I dont know - there is something missing. Its a modern day take on Pride and Prejudice, and written really well. I like the uncertainty Elise has towards Derek, an the connection between them is really good and brings a lot more to the story. The chemistry between Juliana and Chase makes Epic Fail even more enjoyable, and Lazebnik definitely kept my head in the pages. I do feel that Layla and her 'situation' could have been dealt with or taken care of more in the end. I do like how she acts and her kind of... Acting out to get attention, and is a good addition to the story. I wish that the book moves faster, and slower. What I mean by this is that I wish that there wouldn't be any big gaps between time periods. There is also something missing, something I can't put a finger on. Overall, i did enjoy Epic Fail. Its a good, cute, light and fast teen romance read. I love how Derek is somewhat a jerk, but then we see a whole other side to him. Despite the unknown missing element that made this book less enjoyable for me, I really did like reading this book. Its refreshing to read a well written, yet short and light romance book. The characters are great and relatable, and Epic Fail is a good book, that, yes, i recommend, but one that I wouldn't read over again.
Date published: 2013-03-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright Yes this was a good book, but I didn't think the ending was very good at all. It's like she just stopped writing. Everything that keeps you reading during the book is just forgotten and leaves you wondering what the heck happened. Are they in love? Did this person get justice ? What did they decide ? Where's this person at now? It just starts to get really good, and it ends. It's like you're missing the other half of the story. It was a good book, just not finished.
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I loved this book, a great read for anyone who loves Hollywood
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love him, I like him, I hate him? Epic fail? Yeah, definitely. Obviously not the book though! No. I really enjoyed this book. The epic fail was the romance. Anyone who reads this book will also agree. The thing is, the epic and the fail are kinda seperate. The "epic" is how badly they both mess up. The "fail" is how big a mess it all ended up being. One thing led to another and then it seemed like everyone was pulled into the problem. All in all I think it was a really incredible book but I would still like to see some justice done in regards to Webster and Derek (both seperately), If you enjoy funny romances and irony or coincidences then this book will be perfect for you. So read up! :)
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Fail was AMAZING! This story should be made into a movie. The plot was really interesting. I really liked that Elise just fell in love with Derek. The author should make a sequel to it, because the ending left a mystery. what happened was them getting together and then end of. story. I really recommend this!
Date published: 2011-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Back to the Past Claire LaZebnik’s debut YA novel, Epic Fail, is a delightful, modern take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which is one of my all time favorites Lazebnik did a really great job at setting with new comers Elise and her 3 other sisters. I really loved how she got together Chase Benton and her sister, but the real story is Elise and Derek's love story that unfolds before us in this great story that could bring us back to the time of the great Jane Austen. Epic Fail won't let you down. Reading this great novel, shows that people will love you just the way you are. The whole novel is like Pride and Prejudice which I liked, it kinda went like the story but more modern. With Elise and Derek in high school, how they meet, love/hate relationship (at first) but then grows into something more! I will look forward to many more contemporary novels by this author in the future!
Date published: 2011-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect, Cute Read! Claire LaZebnik’s debut YA novel, Epic Fail, is a delightful, modern take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! I loved the new spin on the classic romance novel we all know and hold dear in our hearts… and even if you have never read it, there are still no worries because you’ll be sure to fall in love with Epic Fail either way. (And, seriously, how awesome is that book title?) Just like with Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, you’ll be able to easily see the chemistry between Elise and Derek. It was so sweet seeing the pair grow as individuals as Elise saw past her prejudice and Derek overcame his pride so that the two could finally be together. Elise had a wicked sense of humour that had me laughing and smiling, while Derek definitely also had his moments too. Claire LaZebnik always kept the story fresh as she subtly interwove similar moments from Jane Austen’s version while also deviating to give her own new take in unraveling events. Seeing Jane Austen’s characters moved into a present-day setting was a fun experience. Juliana, Elise’s older sister, and Chase, Derek’s best friend, made the cutest couple with their matching kind-hearted personalities. Mrs. Benton, the new Principle of Coral Tree Prep and the Elise’s mother, is just as frustrating, irritating and embarrassing as her original counterpart. And could Layla be any more annoying? I just wanted to reach into the pages and give the younger Benton girl a smack for her immature behaviour! And, of course, there’s the charming Webster Grant who may not be so honest after all… Epic Fail is a perfect, cute read for the summer and I’m sure you won’t want to miss out on reading it! I easily breezed through the pages in no time at all, completing the novel in one sitting and wishing it didn’t have to end. I will be absolutely looking forward to reading more novels by Claire LaZebnik, that’s for sure! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/08/epic-fail-by-claire-lazebnik.html
Date published: 2011-08-08

Editorial Reviews

“I thoroughly enjoyed this charming tale about the joys and perils of going to school and navigating relationships with the celebrity set and their complicated offspring. Claire LaZebnik has done anything but fail.”