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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Made the Grade: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 526 KB | Release Date: August 2011 | Publisher: HarperTeen

"Epic Fail" by Claire LaZebnik

My Book Summary : Elise just moved, with her parents and 4 sisters, to L.A. and started at a private school where her parents both work at. Her older sister, Juliana, and her are very close, since they are only a year apart (Elise a junior and Juliana a senior in High School). On the first day Elise isn't so sure about their new place since everyone seems to be wearing designer clothes more so then anything she's used to (or can afford) and she doesn't seem to fit in. However, Juliana fits in real well, so well in fact that they get to sit at the "popular" table because of a guy she hit it off with.

Derek has been going to this same school for years, and is the best friend of the guy Juliana starts hanging out with but he seems to be very standoffish when Elise meets him. One of those reasons he is that way is because of his movie star parents making it so everyone wants to get close to him and be his friend (or more). Because of his best friend and Elise's sister they spend a lot of time together. Making Elise the envy of all the girls and her trying to figure out the mystery that is Derek. But when things are said about another guy that Elise has made friends with but isn't told the reasons, conclusions get made, and things get a bit colder between Derek and Elise especially when their pride and prejudice come into play.

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars .... I'm very sorry to say but I was disappointed by this novel, not a Disappointmentville type, but after all of the glowing reviews that I've read I guess I expected it to be a bit more. However, I will say that this author has taken a great spin on the Jane Austen novel "Pride and Prejudice" and turn it into a first rate plot for this century. I do like how she made Elise's younger sisters to have a bit more of a head on their shoulders. I liked the interaction between Derek, Elise, Juliana, Chase, and Chelsea. I am kinda disappointed that she basically drops off on the side story about Elise's mother and the school. And I guess I expected more out of Derek's mother too.

I don't know ... I just wish there was more to it then how it ended I guess. But it was very creative and on amazon.com there are a lot of glowing reviews about this novel so you never know, if you like Jane Austen novels then give this novel a try, you might like it a lot more then I did.

Maybe I'd like it better if there was a sequel to wrap all the loose ends up in. *shrug*

Book Teaser(s) :
"Why'd you come tonight?" I asked abruptly.
"Chase wanted to."
"You always do whatever he wants?"
"Pretty much. He's more like a brother than a friend at this point."
"I know what you mean. Juliana's just like a sister to me."
"Now that's a little weird," he said, with that brief shadow of a smile I'd seen once or twice before. ~ within Chapter 6
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Claire, then please check out her website.

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