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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