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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Review: Troy High by Shana Norris

I salute authors who just have overflowing imaginations, and who are creative (and brave) enough to write a retelling. And the story of how the Trojans fell to the Spartans, though tragic, has always been one of my favorites. And now Shana Morris made me love it even more with Troy High.

Title: Troy High by Shanna Norris
Pages: 272
Release Date: August 1st 2010
Published by: Borrowed (thanks Precious!)
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository

Summary (from Goodreads):

Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.

Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider at Troy High, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena—who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders—transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten. Off the football field, an escalating prank war fuels tensions between the schools.

The stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves (a Spartan) and loyalty to her family and school. Troy High will seduce readers with its cast of mythic proportions.
They took school rivalry into a whole new level in this story about the Trojans and Spartans. Both schools have been rivals for 50 years, and now our protagonist, Cassie, is in the middle of all it. Why? She's a Trojan but her bestfriend is a Spartan. It's no biggie, if only her brothers aren't the lineback and quarterback of Trojans, and if only her bestfriend Greg isn't the younger brother of the quarterback of the Spartans. And there's also this complication of Cassie kissing Greg, and now she's confused. And to seal off the rivalry? The most beautiful Spartan girl, Elena, became a Trojan and fell in love with Cassie's brother, and broke off with her Spartan quarterback boyfriend.

I did look forward to seeing some kind of payback from the Trojans when the football game was all over, but I really admired Hunter for not doing anything and through that, everything just stopped. It isn't easy to admit defeat, but he did for the sake of everyone. I've always loved Hector's character, and though I am missing Achilles, I think Shana Norris was able to nail a nice ending for the story.

Troy High is such a wonderful, cute, quick read. If you want to enjoy a book with a comfortable and familiar teenage story with an ancient, greek twist, here's a book for you! I love how every character was modernized to fit the "now". I for one am curious to know how these characters will behave were they living and breathing today, and Troy High is a spot-on story that can help readers imagine just that.

Not too intense or drama filled, Troy High is an easy read that readers can enjoy once in a while if you want to take a break from reading emotional heavy books. The characters are easily lovable and it's always fun to match which character is the modern version of which Greek personality.

If you want a story about rivalry, and how destructive it can be sometimes (and the complications that comes along with it, with family and friends and ultimately, choosing sides and determining where your loyalties lie.) I love how through it all, Cassie and Greg's friendship endured and turned into something much more serious.

My rating

Content (plot, story flow, character):

Okay: Liked, but The Goddess demands more!

Book Cover:
Elena looks so gorgeous in the cover! Very fitting considering it was her who started it all.

Yes - The Goddess Approves!


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