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Oh. My. Gods. Hardcover – May 1, 2008
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Grade 7 Up—Phoebe Castro is a distance runner who plans on winning a full-ride cross-country scholarship to USC with her two best friends. Then her mother returns from a family reunion abroad with a Greek fiancé who runs a private school and announces that she and Phoebe will be moving to an island in the Aegean. The news gets worse as the teen arrives to find out that there is no scheduled ferry service from the island. To top off everything, she learns that every other student is descended from one or more Greek gods. Her new stepfather tells her that she cannot share this fact with anyone, for the safety of everyone on Serfopoula. Things seem to be looking up when she meets an absolutely gorgeous guy while running on the beach and, despite her lack of divine ancestry, she is granted a provisional place on the cross-country team. The IMs fly back and forth between Greece and southern California, magical hijinks abound, and classes and practice keep the protagonist busy. The story is part "Harry Potter," part Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief (Hyperion/Miramax, 2005), and part shojo, and it will keep teens, particularly girls, reading to find out if Phoebe will finally fit in, get her crush, and make the team.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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The story is part "Harry Potter," part Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief and part shojo, and it will keep teens, particularly girls, reading. -- School Library Journal
The mythological concept elevates the usual high-school dramas...to new heights. Funny and light, this tale is a romance of Olympian proportions. -- Kirkus Reviews
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Update 3/15/16 :
I had this on kindle. I brought it on paperback to go with the rest of her work that I have. But I am pretty sure I ordered it new and I got a really used copy. Hoping it can be fixed.
First, I think that it is a very interesting story premise. I love mythology and history so I was interested on that part. Some people have compared it to the Percy Jackson series. The only thing similar is that there is a school for the descendants of the gods that is secret from everyone that isn't. But things are rather different from there. At the Academy teaches the students to use their powers, but they mainly teach other courses as well. Camp Half-Blood is pretty much, for most of the kids, a summer camp where they hone hero skills and fighting. Another difference is that the students at the Academy have powers. Albeit so do the Percy Jackson characters. But, never once do you see Percy able to bring dolmades (which are DELICIOUS, by the way. Take it from a Greek.) to life, or breaking someone's backpack strap with his mind. Also, in Oh. My. Gods. nearly no one is a direct descendant of the gods. The closest seen is great-grandchild and the farthest goes back thousands of years. Everyone at Camp Half-Blood is, well, half-blood, with one of their parents being a god. Also, in Percy Jackson there is some mission for the greater good that the characters must accomplish - no such measure here.
Now, my criticisms. Like, I said before, I wasn't expecting writing to rival Edgar Alan Poe or Shakespeare, but this was exceptionally annoying for me. There were times when I remember being taken aback by the poor sentence structures and lack of details where it mattered - however, if you want to know the EXACT SHADE of Griffin's eyes, you're all set. Then again, this book was written in first person so I could have found the narrative so dry because the main character, Phoebe, is so aggravating. I found her to be unlikeable and unreal. The entire story I just keep thinking "why are you even doing that? why do you CARE?" I didn't think that a lot of characters had the depth that they needed and that I wanted them to have. And then we come to Griffin. Typically, I'm the kind of girl whose heart thumps when I read a cute scene or the lead guy comes into play, which is one of the things that I love about these young adult stories. This does not come with Griffin. Actually, it's at the point where I don't even understand why she liked him. ******SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS****** They meet on the beach, she thinks he'd hot, he shows a little interest as well. Meet in school, "Ahhhh no! He's a jerk with a girlfriend!". OMG, we both run distance. He ties her laces with magic. She uses it against him to go on a "practice run" aka date with her. Oh no! More magic and messed up ankle. Guess he has to carry her back! Now Griffin bears his soul to her! He avoids her. Then he doesn't. They talk. He breaks up with girlfriend. BUT WHAT?! It was all a bet! "Stay away from me, jerk!" "Why do I always fall for jerks?! Blah blah blah. My life sucks." He apologizes. "Ohhh! You mean you didn't care about it? Okay!" And then they gallop off into the sunset and Griffin tells that he was predestined to be with her. Needless to say, I didn't buy into it very well. They'd talked for about all of five times and then decided that they are madly in love with each other (and not even in the good Romeo and Juliet way). It was also quite predictable. Like from the start I knew Phoebe was going to be a descendant too. And after Coach Lenny commented on how she could keep up with him (I figured he was a Hermes's), I knew that she was going to be a Nike. Very, very obvious. Oh, and the bet thing. Yeah, way to use the main plot of like every fanfiction story in the world. ******END SPOILERS******
Despite all that, this made a good it's-the-middle-of-summer-and-I-want-a-book-to-loose-my-afternoon-in read. Much beyond that, not so much.
1. Griffon Blake is an arrogant hothead, and Phoebe knows it too. Yet she still finds herself falling for the boy who knotted her shoelaces together so he could win the race. Not my idea of a romance.
2. Most reviews are saying that It's a Percy Jackson for girls. I LIKED Percy Jackson, but what I loved most about it was the action. The only time that they even MENTION an adventure, the Nicole girl turns the idea down.
3. I try not to be mean, but this time, I can't hold back the vinegar. Ms. Childs, maybe you should study a little more about Mythology.
4. Like I said, I try not to be mean, so I'm shutting up. But if you like action-packed, honest, funny-ish novels, this book isn't for you. On the other hand, if you like typical, unfair, dumb (sorry) novels, this book definitly is. Um, shutting up.
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