Genre: Teen, Young Adult, Romance
First Publication: August 2nd 2011 by HarperTeen
“You wouldn’t think the touch of someone’s hand could blow your mind. It’s nothing right? People don’t write songs and poems about holding hands… I mean when you’re a little kid, you hold hands with your parents to cross the street. Who’s going to write an ode to that? But when Derek Edwards took my fingers in his and gently pressed them, first altogether and then one by one, I felt that touch set off a wave of firing nerves that flowed up my arm and across my body.
We we’re alone in the dark, even though the enormous theater was filled with probably a thousand people. We were a tiny island in a sea of other people who didn’t matter, who had no meaning, who were so stupid, so oblivious, so stuck in their own boring lives that they didn’t even notice the huge, momentous, life-shattering even that was taking place right there in row L, between seats 102 and 104.
Derek Edwards was holding my hand.”
SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
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.
This book started good. It was cute. It reminds me so much of Pride And Prejudice at first because of Elise and her older sister Juliana, who fell in love with Chase, a charming guy (just like Mr. Bingley). Then Chase has a best friend, Derek (teen version of Mr. Darcy), a man of few words, handsome and a son of movie stars. Everyone loves to be close to him but he’s the type of guy who shuts everyone out of his life aside from those very close to him. He and Elise started on a wrong foot but they ended up always together because of Chase and Juliana. I like it that Elise’s rational, normal personality compliments Derek.
Even though I’m no longer a teenager, Epic Fail still made me giddy. Maybe because I can relate to Elise. I believe we have the same personality. She’s not the typical teenager who thinks of sex and boys all the time. She’s conservative and not pretentious. She doesn’t want to conform to the culture of her new school and remained different. She respects her parents. And though she feels frustrated with her very weird family (strict parents and rebellious younger sister) she still loved them.
And Derek is exactly the hero I’m looking for when I attempted to read a teenybopper book. He was not really described in detail but the way he talked and the way he acted gave me a glimpse of how handsome he was. The author didn’t need expletive description to convince me he looks good. And he’s not the bad boy type. So is Chase. They are handsome boys, popular but have morals too. They value the girls they like very much. They don’t have vices and are kind. The type of guys your parents will like and trust.
The book ended nicely. And I was happy that I never once got irritated to either Elise or Derek. It was a first for me when it comes to this book genre. It made my day.