June 26, 2007
Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.
Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider and sister to the two most popular boys at Troy High, fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, 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.
The Trojans and Spartans pull wicked pranks on each other as homecoming approaches. And the Spartans’ wildcard football star, Ackley, promises to take down the Trojans’ offensive line. But 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 incendiary cast of mythic proportions.
What a fun book, because really... Greek mythology based on battles and stolen loves? Hello...soap opera! The story of the Trojans and the Spartans translates seamlessly into this modern retelling of classic mythology. I found myself anxious to find similarities and always pleased with how the author tied them together. Readers with little or no knowledge of the Greek myth will still enjoy this fun story of two high schools embattled in a bitter rivalry, something most kids can relate to.
Cassie, the narrator of the story, is a realistic character caught right in the middle of the battle. All she really wants is keep her brothers safe as well as preserving her friendship with Greg, her best friend from her rival school. In addition to the Trojan-Spartan battle, Cassie is also stressing over the fact that in a moment of weakness she kissed Greg, catching them both off guard. Did she ruin everything or does Greg want to be more than friends too?
Readers from middle school on up will enjoy this fun retelling of a classic tale. The author also provides a character list at the end of the book explaining which characters in the book represented each of the characters in the Greek myth. Read it!
Release date: August 1, 2009
Score: 4 points