Monday, October 24, 2011

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

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. -

As far as story recreations goes, this one was pretty good.  I've read a lot of Pride and Prejudice redos... some really great and some were just complete copies to where you can predict exactly what's going to happen next.  First of all, I do like a good redo, but when the author has stuck so closely to the formula like that, then it looks like they followed a formula and didn't do anything to make the story fresh, or to give it a new spin.  This one was one of the good ones.  The author did a really great job staying true to the original story, but still making the story new and innovative.  I didn't feel like I knew exactly what was coming around the next corner at EVERY corner.  I liked how she blended old elements in with new.  It made the story more hers and not so much like a copy of the original.

Elise was a great character, as was her older sister.  The author did a great job recapturing the dynamic between the two sisters, as well as bring "Lydia" to life in the younger sister.  Derek was a great Mr. Darcy.  I thought the author did a super job in creating his character.  About the only thing you can really make a guy today that might equate to old British royalty a la Mr. Darcy, is Hollywood royalty.  Perfect way to create this character and set the stage for him to be Darcy-like.

I can't really point to anything about this story that disappointed me.  I thought it was very well done, entertaining and fun.  A really good recreation.

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