"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Release Date: 2 August 2011
Summary (courtesy of goodreads.com):
At Coral Tree Prep in Los Angeles, who your parents are can make or break you. Case in point:I'll admit that after I read the summary I thought what on earth does this have to do with Jane Austen? I guess I can see maybe, sort of, kind of the similarity to Pride and Prejudice, but I'm not sure it's substantial enough that it deserves the comparison. I'll just have to wait until I can read it (and finish P&P) to see.
• 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, new-girl-on-campus 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. 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. Fans of Susane Colasanti (When It Happens), Polly Shulman (Enthusiasm), and, of course, Jane Austen will love finding out if Elise’s love life will be an epic win or an epic fail.
What really got me excited about this book was the cover. And then the title. And then the setting. I don't know why I like books about private school so much. I went to private school. It was nothing like half the books I read that feature it. Then again, maybe that's why I like them so much.