Epic Fail

June 20th, 2011

So the Publishers Weekly review of EPIC FAIL just came out and they called it a “charming” “summery teen rom-com” with “ample wit.”  (I could post the whole thing, I guess, but there’s a lot of plot recap–anyway, it’s always an interesting challenge to piece together a new sentence using their actual words.)  Its official pub date is August 2nd, but I’m hoping it will be in stores a little earlier than that since, you know, it’s “summery.”  Technically, it’s a YA book (young adult), which means it’s appropriate for anyone age 12 and up, but so far most of the reviewers have been more A than YA and most of them have been pretty enthusiastic, so please check it out even if your YA days are far behind you.  I was young once, too.  Not that my kids believe it.

And may I have a round of sympathy for my daughter who got sick the day before her first real trip of the summer (hiking the Grand Canyon) and had to miss the whole thing?  “Why did I have to get sick during the summer?” she moaned.  “Why couldn’t I get sick during SCHOOL?”

Meanwhile, the badminton net is up which means it’s REALLY TRULY SUMMER here.  And homework nagging is over–at least until the last few weeks of summer when I’ll realize the kids haven’t done their assigned summer reading yet.  So despite the Grand Canyon disappointment, life’s pretty good.

  • Claudia Reilly says:

    Congratulations! I look forward to reading it. Remember how you feared the title would be using to write a damning review? IMPOSSIBLE with your talent and wit and honest look into the motivations of people and the ways we often have a hard time listening to our own hearts.

  • Claire says:

    Aw, you’re sweet, Claudia, but I didn’t expect that kind of thing from PW–they’re too classy. There’s still a chance it could happen.

  • Rachel Lipman says:

    Congrats, Claire! I love the title and can’t wait to read it!

  • Sally says:

    Added to the summer reading list! Hopefully, to my husband’s future list of all Jane Austen holiday DVD gifts as well :). I have just about every version of every Austen on DVD and seriously cannot wait for yours. Yay!

  • Erin says:

    I have read many adaptations of Pride and Prejudice (along with actually reading Pride and Pejudice) and Epic Fail is by far my favorite! And I can’t believe this is your first YA novel, please write more!

  • Claire says:

    Thanks, Sally and Erin! I love your enthusiasm! Erin, I’m trying to get another book finished but it’s been hard with the kids home all summer long–now that it’s fall, I’m hoping to work a lot harder and get it done. Thanks for writing!

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