Homer’s classic tale of love and revenge is retold for the teen audience in TROY HIGH. Narrated by Cassie (Cassandra), this story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field to end their high school rivalry once and for all. After Elena (Helen of Troy) transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry (Paris), her ex Lucas (Meneleas) and his brother Greg Mennon (Agamemnon) want to settle the score.
I must start this review by saying that my knowledge of the classics is poor. I have never studied them, I haven’t read about them (apart from reading the Percy Jackson books) and I haven’t watched films about them. I imagine that I approached this book therefore in a similar way to many of its target audience will.
I got sucked into this book really quickly. It’s a wonderful story of high school loves and rivalries, both on and off the football field. I found that I wanted to shout at various characters, if I hadn’t been reading this book on a train I may well have done so. The characters were well drawn, there were some I fell instantly in love with and others I wanted to shake! I particularly enjoyed the friendship between Cassie and Greg and got hugely frustrated when their attempts to develop their friendship further got thwarted by the fact that they were on opposite sides of the rivalry.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can’t comment on how closely linked to the Troy myth it is, but I definitely intend to find out. Maybe this will be the catalyst I needed to start catching up on the classics I missed out on.
“Troy High” is published in hardback by Amulet books in the UK priced £3.99. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.