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Troy High Hardcover – August 1, 2009
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You start off with a character who is relatable to all teenage girls, Cassie Prince (a.k.a. Cassandra the Seer, princess of Troy), she feels left out, shy, awkward and frustrated (Okay so that's only some teenage girls, okay maybe it's just me!).
Cassie has a best friend, Greg or Agamenon, brother of Menelaus, commander in chief of the Greeks. Whenever a girl has a boy best friend you know what's bound to happen, a forbidden crush emerges. Take into that fact that he's the enemy and now you've got a doubly forbidden crush. And what girl hasn't had a crush on a boy that she knows she shouldn't? Hmm...
Then there's Cassie's brothers, Hunter/Hector and Perry/Paris, who were so thick-headed that it makes you want to strangle them! But what sibling doesn't want to kill, metaphorically speaking of course, their unfortunate blood relative?
There are fun moments. Moments that made you scream, "What in the world is wrong with these people!?!" and best of all were the moments that had you biting your nails because you just wanted to know what happens!
This book was sooo amazing that I finished it in less than four hours! I came home from school, checked the mailbox, opened the package from Ms. Norris and immediately went at it. I was finished by SEVEN!
If you haven't read this book yet, GO GET IT NOW!
It deserves 5/5 stars.
The characters were fitting. Cassie, the narrator of the story, is the only one with her head on straight, seeing the stupidity of everyone around her. She was easily my favorite character, probably for the reason stated above. The rest of the characters have the sole focus of kill the other side, and it did get a bit old at times. Cassie and Greg were so oblivious to the other, which drove me nuts! But once again, I think that was part of their charm. All the characters fit nicely together to the whole story. I really like the cover. It totally fits the story, as Elena is the girl responsible for everything.
Cassie, the narrator, is sucked into a war she wants no part of and must determine where her loyalties lie: with her Spartan best friend, or her football-playing Trojan brothers.
Norris's storytelling is witty and engaging, and readers will love the classic pranks played by both schools.
Though many parts are laugh out loud funny, Norris does an excellent job showing just how deep rivalries run, and the devastating effects they sometimes have.
Shana Norris (Something to Blog About, 2008) is a funny new voice in YA literature, and definitely an author to keep an eye on.
Having attended a university with one of the most well known rivalries on the west coast, I get the fun and spirit of it. That doesn't mean that Troy High or Overtime were realistic. Most of the pranks and the drama were way over-the-top. It reminded me a bit of High School Musical and Glee, where the drama has some real life basis, but is overly dramatic you know it's not real life. It was interesting though that some of the unrealistic drama was possibly there on purpose to take Homer's Iliad and set it in a modern day high school.
So overall it was very entertaining, just a tad unrealistic. Reading it, I was constantly aware that it was a book and wasn't as immersed in the story as others. If you want a quick, fun read though, this definitely fits. I read both the novel and novella in one evening.
Some characters that I loved were Greg, Cassie's love interest. He was adorable and totally the typical sweet high school guy that constantly plays video games. Also I loved Hunter, one of Cassie's older brothers. Aside from him pushing Cassie to choose sides, he showed great loyalty and love for Cassie, which I loved.
Cassie is in love with her best friend Greg. If that's not awkward enough, she and Greg go to different schools. Normally, that wouldn't be a problem, but there is a feirce rivalry between her school, the Troy High Trojans and his, the Lacede High Spartans. They have remained friends for years even though they are supposed to be enemies, but things are about to get much more difficult for them.
This year, the board of education has redrawn the lines for the school district and some of the Spartans will now be attending Troy High. Namely, Elena Argos, cheerleader, beauty queen and girlfriend of Greg's football star brother. Cassie knows Elena, but she is unprepared when she is befriended by the popular girl. After all, Cassie is a nobody band-geek and Elena is, well, Elena. She's a nice girl, what's the worst that can happen? Poor, poor Cassie. This is only the beginning of the saga.
The gorgeous Elena has fallen for Cassie's brother, a Troy football star, which enrages the love-spurned Spartan when she dumps him. This simple act begins an epic war between the two schools. Harmless pranks become dangerous and it is even more forbidden for Cassie and Greg to be friends, let alone anything more. All Cassie wants is for the madness to stop before someone really get's hurt. If things continue to get worse, she may have to choose between the one she loves and remaining loyal to her family and school.
This book is just a good time. It's a quick, fun read and it's pretty clever. I really enjoyed it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun YA read. I went to TROY HIGH, so it was fun reading about a fake Troy High.Published 2 months ago by R. Moore
The idea was a bit more exciting than the execution, but this is a fun, easy read.Published 8 months ago by Katy Anne
Check out my full review on my blog!
mmmmm… Where to start? I’m really into Greek mythology, especially modern retellings. Read more
One of my daughter's favorite books. She now has on her Kindle so she can read over and over.Published 10 months ago by Monroe
I picked this book up on a whim from the library and while it was a quick and easy read, it just wasn't very good. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kala
I adore books and movies that take me back to what we all love to imagine as the golden days of high school. Troy High is a novel that really should be made into a movie. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by J. Arena
I bought Troy High by Shana Morris when I was 13. I have reread the book now that I'm almost 16 and I realized that it wasn't as good as I thought it was when I was younger. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by J. Caston