Friday, 11 September 2009

Troy High by Shana Norris

From Amazon: Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High. Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider who 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. 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.

As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew Troy High would be my kind of book. It has everything I love: humour, relatable characters, high school rivalries and romance.

Cassie is a brilliant character who, along with her best friend Greg, is caught up in the rivalry between Troy High (Trojans) and Lacede High (Spartans). Her older brothers, Hunter and Perry, are both heavily involved in the football side of things, with new girl Elena labelled a traitor for switching sides when she moves schools. I loved every single character in Troy High, and by the end of the book, I felt like I was reading about people I knew. The romantic element was well written and realistic, and I was fully invested in Cassie's feelings for Greg.

The tricks and pranks the two schools play on each other were hilarious, and most of them reminded me of something you'd see in a teen movie. I'm glad we don't have these team competitions over here, as I don't think I (or the teachers) would have liked chickens running around my school!

Before reading Troy High, I didn't know too much about Homer's Iliad. I'd seen the Troy movie, but that's about as far as my knowledge stretched. Norris's author notes at the end of the book fascinated me, and I'm now quite tempted to look into the original story further. It just goes to show that all stories can be retold and revamped for a new generation, and still retain that spark that made them so popular in the first place. Troy High is a highly enjoyable book, with an underlying historical element running throughout. It's like Troy meets Friday Night Lights, which, in my opinion, is reason enough to read it!



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11 comments:

Chicklish said...

It sounds fantastic and I think I'd love it. Thanks for the great review!

Adele said...

I want, I want, I want.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Fantastic review! I love the sound of this, it looks like my kind of book, too!

Thao said...

I want to read it too!!!

Steph Su said...

I actually couldn't get through this book myself, but I can definitely see why it appeals to people!

Allison said...

This sounds like a good read! I actually had to read The Iliad for school once (not that I did), so I think this would be interesting!

Rhiannon Hart said...

I didn't realise this was a retelling of the Iliad! Sounds fun! The original is definitely worth a read. It's written in very accessible language. I do prefer the Odyssey myself, which is the "sequel" to the Iliad.

I want to read that said...

This sounds really good! Thanks for the review:)

Bookworm said...

This looks great. I've been wanting to read it for a while now. Now I can't wait to begin! Great review.

H said...

I like the sound of this. Did you get a US edition or is it printed here?

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

This one is in my TBR pile, and I can't wait to get to it. Thanks for the review!

Amber