Troy High by Shana Norris

Aug 9, 2010
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pub. Date: August 1, 2010
ISBN: 0810996650
Pages: 272 pages
Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.

Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider at Troy High, 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. Off the football field, an escalating prank war fuels tensions between the schools.

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 cast of mythic proportions.

I had never heard of Shana Norris, nor had I heard Troy High. After picking up this book I decided I would put it aside for awhile. After reading it, I don't think it deserved that sort of treatment.

Cassie attends Troy High and her best friend attends Lacede High. Troy and Lacede are bitter rivals and have been for many years. This year the rivalry becomes more serious than it has before. With Elena switching schools and boyfriends, the schools rivalry has become extremely personal. Pranks are pulled, people hurt, and relationships broken.

Troy High is based on Homer's Iliad. I love books based on other books/plays/works of art and this was no exception. I have never read the Iliad, but now I want to go pick it up.  

Cassie is somewhat of a bland character, but the conflicts she face make her all the more interesting. There are many characters in this book and they all contribute to the crazy conflicts that make Troy High interesting.

Overall the book was an easy read and kept my attention. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to have an extremely long book, but still wants an interesting one.

Rating: 4 stars / 5 stars


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