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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805082832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805082838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Wolfson's modern supernatural Greek tragedy is a cautionary tale of bullying and retribution, featuring three righteously angry 10th-grade girls. Meg, a neglected and abused foster kid, is clinging to optimism; Alix is perpetually peeved but has a soft spot for her developmentally disabled big brother; and Stephanie is an environmental activist with a real-estate-mogul mom. After each girl comes undone by her rage, cool, popular classmate Ambrosia explains to them that they are "Furies" and then manipulates them into casting aside forgiveness and empathy to embrace a vindictive twisted justice. Ambrosia is motivated by her own quest for revenge against a line of ill-fated princes, which might include Meg's crush, Brendon. Initially, the girls use their powers to combat bullying, but things quickly spiral out of control until they realize they are worse than those they've targeted. Wolfson's plot is creative, and her knowledge of Greek drama and mythology solid. She provides valid talking points regarding the fine line between justice and revenge and the right to mete out either, and the peer cruelty sadly rings true. Although the realistically insecure and angry teens all evoke sympathy, Alix and Stephanie aren't as developed as protagonist Meg, whose indecisive inner monologue strains patience. Meg's friend Raymond (Wolfson's strongest, most distinct character) is well spoken and witty, but the dialogue between other characters can come off as unnatural. The novel's start is slow, yet its ending is too quick. Strictly an additional purchase for libraries with fans of mythology and retellings.-Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Imagine the pecking order in a small coastal California high school where an elite “surfer crew” runs the social cliques. “You pretty much accept that every day is bound to be a series of humiliations, large and small,” muses Meg, an out-crowd 16-year-old whose life has been shaped by neglectful foster care. Stephanie and Alix, outcasts in their own ways, do battle every day, too. Who wouldn’t want superheroes to swoop in and mete out punishments for meanness? Leave it to beautiful, exotic Ambrosia to gather the girls and infuse them with the supernatural strength of modern-day Furies to wreak vengeance on their tormentors. Ambrosia and a few other Olympian stand-ins pull divine strings in this spoofy romp as the deities come to Hunter High. Meg narrates, and her droll wit propels the action and high jinks. The power feels good—but is it the right approach? Thoughtful riffs on revenge versus justice dapple the narrative, and sure, some of the reformed meanies can sound overly contrite. But the combination of poignant coming-of-age with creative satire equals a fun treatment on a big topic: how you grow confidence and establish identity in a rough-and-tumble landscape. A natural choice for older fans of Rick Riordan’s myth-based series. Grades 9-12. --Anne OMalley

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The greatest thing about mythology is the "myth" part that allows the writer freedom and gives the readers many, many amazing stories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
'Furious' is a young adult fantasy novel that spins a modern version of the Greek myth of the Furies - three goddesses who were born to bring justice to the world and avenge the wronged. In the book, our main characters - Alix, a surfer girl with a quick temper; Stephanie, a modern day hippie and activist; and Meg, the quiet and mistreated foster child - come together with the help of the beautiful and mysterious Ambrosia and embody the spirits of the Furies. With their powers fully awakened, the girls set out on a mission to right the wrongs that have been brought against them and to help those who can't help themselves.

This was an inventive and unique take on the Furies myth from Greek mythology. I loved that the author made the Furies embody everyday social outcasts in high school - these are girls who most readers can relate to in some way, so we immediately feel their misery along with their triumphs. The Furies myth is truly fascinating and I loved reading about the history behind it that was woven into the book. Although modern retellings of mythology aren't anything new in this genre, the author gave a captivating inside look at this myth and was able to breathe new life into a somewhat overdone theme. I loved the characters in the book and was able to identify with each of the girls on some level, which had me sympathizing with them and rooting for each of them throughout the novel. The writing was exceptional and very well paced, which kept me eagerly turning the pages to see what would happen next. This is a fantastic modern take on an ancient myth and a novel that fans of YA fiction will definitely not want to miss! Highly recommended!!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Hammond on April 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Rather than putting if off until the end I'm just going to go ahead and get it over with right from the start. This book was so much fun to read! High school, jerky bullies, three angry girls, and a mysterious friend named Ambrosia pretty much sets the stage for a great young adult reading experience.

Being a fan of Greek mythology, it's always enjoyable to read how an author spins a tale from the old stories. The greatest thing about mythology is the "myth" part that allows the writer freedom and gives the readers many, many amazing stories. This is one of those stories. It takes a good mythological story, uses the old aspects of it, then breaths fresh life into it to spin a little modern fun into it. I really don't like giving the story away in my reviews, so I won't do it! I will however let you know it's one you don't want to miss.

I will also let you know that the author has a very good writing style as well. Her characters are so well developed that they really seem, well, real! The mythological research done by the characters within the book shows that the author really put so much into writing a good book and it also shows that the characters were developed in a way that they had to learn a thing or two as the story went along (which is good because it's always a bit annoying when they just "know" things all of a sudden without ever having to actually research a thing!). There are so many hilarious moments in the book, I found myself fighting back tears of laughter at times.

If you like YA books just grab this and read it right now without question because it's really wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Kochman on May 25, 2013
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Jill Wolfson's Furious is a fantastic book not to be missed. It's an exhilarating tale of what happens when three angry high school girls, Meg, Alix, and Stephanie, fall under the spell of Ambrosia, their beautiful and mysterious classmate hell-bent on seeking revenge for a lifetime of injustices. With her supernatural ability, Ambrosia empowers the girls to cast their own spell on everyone who's wronged them - - and the powerless - - and the girls stir up quite a storm at Hunter High, their school in a small seaside California town.

The story, inspired by the Furies from Greek mythology, offers much to ponder: Is revenge as sweet as the girls imagined? Can seeking justice go too far? Can one person really change another? Who is the real enemy?

As in her previous novels, Wolfson captures the essence of teenage trials and tribulations, and spins a tale with great humor, compassion, and depth. I recognized all of the characters in people I've known through the years, and learned a great deal about Greek mythology along the way.

In addition to a fantastical story of acquiring magical powers that rights all wrongs, the work explores key issues that face people of any age: friendship, loyalty, and the need for self-expression. With her great writing style that ranges from laugh-out-loud funny to poetic prose, Wolfson creates a book that is a "must-read" for anyone who relishes fun, wonder, and excitement.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bic Parker on May 22, 2013
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Just from the description I thought it was a brilliant concept--3 teen girls (social misfits, of course) who develop the powers of the Greek furies! The writing more than lives up to the idea. The teenage angst and outrage are well balanced with the dry wit and observations of Meg, the main character. I'm not usually a fan of fantasy/supernatural fiction, but this one was so well grounded in the real world and obviously well-researched--I was hooked.
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