Saturday, September 19, 2009

Troy High by Shana Norris


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. 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.


Troy High was a book that was easy for me to adore. Since, not only was it a cute read but a retelling of Homer's classic Iliad, a story that I've always been intrigued by, though have not yet had the chance to read.

While the plot was basic and had twists that you could see coming miles away, I was still immersed in Troy High, because of the humorous pranks the schools played on one another and the sweet characters Shana brought into the story.

One of those characters was Cassie, a girl whose a loner by nature expect for her one best friend, Greg, who is a Spartan. Though, everything changes for her when the beautiful Elaina comes goes from being a Spartan to a Trojan and wants to be not only her friend, but date Cassie's brother, making the rivalries between the Trojans and Spartans even worse. I really admired the quality in Cassie that made her always stick up for what she believed in and be there for her friends even though it didn't always make the best situations. Also, I loved the male cast in this too, my favorites being Roger and Hunter, of course.

Overall, Troy High is a cute read for a rainy ( or even snowy) day this fall season and while it's not the best story out there, it does have several redeeming qualities about it that I'm sure readers will love.

I suggest this to fans of Meg Cabot's novels.

Grade: B

Troy High is now out! Also, you can find out more info about it on Shana's site, as well as the book trailer featured below:

* Much thanks goes to LM at Amulet for sending this to me! :)


  1. I'm not a big fan of Meg Cabot's stories but this seems like a good read. Love the trailer ^^

  2. Though I've never read the original, I love how Shana Norris completely modernized the story. This is definitely on my wish-list. Great review! :)

  3. Sounds cute! Thanks for sharing your review!

  4. Fun review! I didn't realize that this was a retelling of The Iliad - and now I'm intrigued! It sounds like fun, and I got a kick out from the modernized names :)

  5. Great review! I might have to check this one out. I like the trailer too.

  6. I've been wanting to read this for awhile now. Great review!


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