Author: Shana Norris
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books (August 1, 2009)
My Rating: 2 out of 5
First off let me say I know I promised spooky and scary books for October, but honestly, what's scarier than a bunch of football players and cheerleaders? (Hahah, I tease!) Now onto the review!
Troy High is supposed to be a modern retelling of Homer's Iliad. Cassie goes to Troy High, and her best friend and crush, Greg, goes to Lacede High. The rivalry between the two schools is fierce and Cassie really doesn't understand what the big deal is.
Both Cassie and Greg have older brothers who play on the Football teams, Cassie's for the Trojans of course, and Greg's for the Spartans. When a cheerleader from the Spartan's team is forced to switch schools and ends up going to Troy, all hell breaks loose. Elena, the former Spartan cheerleader, was one of Greg's brothers girlfriend. When she switches schools and teams, she also switches boyfriends and ends up dating one of Cassie's brothers. It is then and there that Cassie and Greg have to deal with the football rivalry, and put their friendship at stake.
The pranks the two schools pulled on one another were pretty funny, but a bit unbelievable for me. I liked reading this book, and the characters were like able, but for me it didn't click. Cassie and Greg's emotional teenage angst was real and believable, but that was about all that was. I also wasn't a big fan of the cover, I suppose it could be Elena depicted. But honestly the book was all Cassie, and Cassie wasn't a cheerleader.
I think that this book would be good in the classroom environment. It would take Homer's Iliad and bring it much closer to home for students.