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Troy High

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Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.

Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider who fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, 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–transf...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
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Sep 17, 2011 Anila marked it as not-with-a-ten-foot-pole
I cannot think of a worse setting for a retelling of the brutal story of the Trojan war than a high school, nor a worse narrator than a modern Cassandra. Why? Well, because Cassandra's purpose in the original tale is to be a figure of tragedy, seeing as she's cursed with true prophecy that no one can believe - a difficult role to fulfill in a world where prophecy doesn't exist. Also? Her story ends with her being taken from the temple of Athena and raped, after which she becomes a concubine. Aga...more
First of all -- this story of a "war" between rival high schools is a fine book for middle schoolers and younger high schoolers, though I'll be interested to see if they actually like it. There is no questionable content, it's super easy to read (I'd guess 3rd grade reading level? 4th?), and lessons and morals abound.

So, as a teacher, I would say this book is just fine for students to pick up for a summer novel.

As a human, though, a literate human being English major, this is the kind of book th...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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What would happen if you took the story of the Trojan War and set it in a modern-day high school? TROY HIGH does just that as it pits the Trojans against the Spartans starring typical teens in the lead roles of the great old story.

Cassie is a student at Troy High. She keeps herself pretty much out of the action and observes as her two brothers play football and act as big men on campus. Her main interests are playing flute in the ba...more
Lisa Campbell
Lisa Campbell
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Troy High is the retelling of the Iliad played out on the football fields and school halls of two rival High Schools. Cassie (Cassandra) goes to Troy High with her brothers, football stars, Hunter (Hector) and Perry (Paris). Elena (Helen) arrives at Troy High, falls for Perry and breaks up with her long time Spartan boyfriend, Lucas (Menelaus). The rivalry begins. The two schools begin a war of pranks that become increasingly alarming. It comes to a head as the...more
Howdy YAL
Really 1.5 stars.

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Really, I didn't have that high hopes for this book. Troy retellings and anything that has to do with Troy at this point in my life is a bit of a sore subject for me (see Starcrossed review). However, I was hoping that Troy High would somehow defy the odds and make me love Homer's poem again (it didn't). I will go on the record by saying that this isn't a bad book and if I wasn't a cynical old law student, I...more
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Having not read Homer’s ‘Iliad’ I’m afraid my knowledge of the story of Troy is limited to the film starring Brad Pitt! Therefore I’m not going to be an expert on how good a retelling it is. What I can tell you though, is that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I connected to Cassie straight away and liked seeing the cast of characters through her eyes. The friendship and feelings she had for Greg felt real - meaning I was really rooting for them. I also really enjoyed her budding friendship with Elena and...more
Allie Griggs
Well, this book is pretty much a modern day Iliad story. There are two rival schools who have always been all for the nice rivalry every once in a while. Usually this happened on the football field. The main girl Cassie went to Troy High and her best friend,Greg, went to Lacede High. They always played video games and hungout as friends because they didnt really care about the whole rivalry thing. Both Cassie and Greg had older brothers that played football so of course they didn't like them han...more
Sep 07, 2009 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Troy High was a book that was easy for me to adore. Since, not only was it a cute read but a retelling of Homer's classic Iliad, a story that I've always been intrigued by, though have not yet had the chance to read.

While the plot was basic and had twists that you could see coming miles away, I was still immersed in Troy High, because of the humorous pranks the schools played on one another and the sweet characters Shana brought into the story.

One of those characters was Cassie, a girl whose a...more
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Review: I really enjoyed Troy High by Shana Norris. It was fun, light and fresh…a great summer read (even if I‘m reading it in October)
I thought that the idea of try to set the Trojan war in nowadays high school was a very ingenious idea.
I’m familiar with Helen of Troy and the Trojan was as I read Iliad by Homer but it’s really not a requirement to enjoy this book. Having read Iliad just made me chuckled a bit more on how she introduced some of the characters. I’ve read some reviews and the one...more
Princess Bookie
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My Thoughts: I liked the whole concept of this one. We meet Cassie who goes to one school, her best friend and crush Greg who goes to another. Her brothers that go to her school, Greg's brothers that go to Greg's. Elena was dating Greg's brother but she is now dating Cassie's brother and has become friends with Cassie. The schools began a rivalry on and off the football field. I liked reading about all the pranks they played on each other and I liked Greg...more
When I was at BEA, I picked up the ARC of Troy High, which looked cute and fluffy, I finished it last night, and I have to say, while it was both cute and fluffy, it was also smart, and well written. The allusions to the Trojan War were done perfectly, it was a pretty straight on retelling, but the connection didn’t overpower the story, I KNOW the story of the Trojan War, but I still wanted to know what happened in this story, I didn’t assume that since I knew a bit of the Iliad that this one co...more
Troy High is based of a life of a high school teenager & the challenges she faces along the way, Cassie being the main character is invisible compared to her brothers Hunter & Perry who are the school star football players. Her life changes when the rivalry school Lacede high moves some of their students over to Troy, because of some district changes. Her best friend Greg goes to Lacede but unfortunately wasn't the few that was transferred. Elena however is a former Lacede cheerleader,...more
I went into this novel thinking it would be a cute fun read to quickly get through. WRONG! It took me over a month to finish it. Actually, make that two months. Anyway, that doesn't matter. The fact that it wasn't likeable is, however. I hate writing bad reviews because I know writers put their heart and souls into writing novels, but I have to be quite honest here in saying I just didn't like it.

My first problem with it was Cassie and Greg's relationship. It was f**ked up, ok? They were 'best...more
I was looking for something silly and funny instead I all I got was something silly. Kidding!

Or am I?

My main problem is that I went into TROY HIGH expecting one of those high school rom coms, shenanigan filled and even more cutesy young love moments. A fat lot my expectation served me. Because I did get all I was wanting just not up to the quality I was wanting. And the shenanigans, there were plenty: with one high school set pranking the other one and hiking up the gravity with each thing done...more
Isabella Mas
This classic tale of revenge and love is beauty retold in "Troy high". Cassie, a shy,kept to herself type of girl is the sister of the two best football players at troy high school. She always feels like she is living in her brothers shadows and never has has her own life. The story follows the battling Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. Their rivalry against Lacede high school goes crazy as the football games become not enough for rivalry. Both school play unbeliev...more
I saw some parallels immediately: Elena Argos...instead of Helen of Sparta...then the two competing schools: Spartans and Trojans. Then Cassie/Cassandra and Hunter/Hector and Perry/Paris. That had to mean that Lucas is Menelaus...and then the fun was increasing.

The rivalry between Lacede and Troy High had always been strong, but because of redistricting, some of Lacede's students were forcibly transferred to Troy. Football is everything to both schools, and when Elena throws over her old boyfrie...more
Reyhan Can
This book title is Troy High by Shana norris. This book is not compared to any other novel. The challeges of this book was that the war going between the two school and also Elena Argos used to date Lucas the football player for the Lacede spartans but they broke up and now Elena goes to Troy high where she met Cassie's brother Perry Prince. This book is unique beacause it discribes modern time stuff and how some schools are like Spartans and Trojans, where they pull pranks on eachother. I like...more
Sophie Burke
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In the novel Troy High by Shana Norris, the main character Cassie wants to avoid the rivalry between the Trojans and Spartans, but she gets dragged in it by her two older super popular brothers, so she goes along with them and has some good and bad moments along the way. This book had many strengths and few weaknesses. The strengths that I thought the book had was how it kept me interested, how the characters were so well defined, and how fun the book was. I loved this book, I was alw...more
Before you start this book, make sure you know that the narrator is NOT Elena, it's Cassie (a band geek, who's two older brothers play football for their high school); it's a mistake I made and it threw me off!(:

Cassie and her two older brothers (Hunter, a senior, and Perry, a junior) attend Troy, unlike Cassie's best friend and his brother (Greg and Lucas) who go to Lacede, the rival school. As the Cassie and Greg's sophomore year begins, every one's pumped for Homecoming, both the dance and th...more
Troy High is a hip re-vamping of a classic tale. It highlights the implications of high school rivalries as the Trojans take on the Spartans (both on and off the football field).

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 l...more
Paula Sarmiento
Woah!!!!! Mindblown, man!!! Shana Norris has nailed it in each and every one of her YA fictions. Everybody give her a round of applause.

Anyways, I loved this retelling that Shana made for all young readers to read. I liked the way how it is so unpredictable, yet so relating. It's not very dramatic, it's not as brutal as the 'Illiad and Odyssey', it's just right.

The plot is is pretty simple but, still, the thrill is there. Two schools bent into fighting to their deaths? The so-called 'Helen of Tr...more
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. The basis for the story is a retelling of the Trojan War set in a high school theme (warring football teams pranking each other, etc).

The problem is that the characters are just dull and unlikable. Our narrator is Cassie (aka Cassandra the prophet) who is nothing like her Iliad counterpart. This book isn't paranormal, so obviously she can't be a prohpet, but there's also nothing all...more
Kelly Schreiner
Troy High
By: Shana Norris
The Trojans and the Saprtans still don't get along. This time it's not a full raging battle that takes ten years, but a war between high schools and football teams. Hunter is the quaterback for Troy High and his brother Perry is on the team too. Lucas is the quarterback for the Lacade and his girlfriend Elana just dumped him. The city is moving the lines for school zones. Elana will now be attending Troy and is dumping Lucas for Perry. Lacade and Troy High have been riva...more
Sep 15, 2009 kc rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I finally picked up a copy of this book last week - yay for Shana! :)

Troy High is a clever modern-day retelling of The Trojan War, but even if you know the classic story, this story is still fun to read - it kept me guessing how she was going to pull it all together right up to the end.

funny in parts, true-to-life in some parts, high school drama in a lot of parts -- a great second book from Shana!
Cute book! I liked how this author did this whole modern day re-telling of the Trojan War. It was fun to read and very entertaining. It did however make me very happy to be out of High School!! Thank you to my friend Kath for reccommending this one to me. You know me so well!!
This is a cute light read, albeit with some forseeable heartache for the main character Cassie (Cassandra, get it?). Mostly bought it due to major insta-crush on the cover photo girl. Don't judge!
Kal-El (the BookGeekBeauty)
Yikes.I don't even want to dignify this book with a review.It was just...bad.
Lexi Carpenter
Troy High is about two rivalry schools who are so against each other that they risk getting into suspension in order to play stupid pranks on each other. The main character, Cassie, is from Troy high but the problem is that she is also best friends with Greg who goes to the other school. Cassie doesn't want to be a part of the fight but it soon comes between her and Greg.
I like this book because I can relate to it and it was a very good book.
I didn't like parts of it though because you could e...more
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I write young adult books from a tiny town in eastern North Carolina, where I live with my husband and our zoo of animals. I am the author of SOMETHING TO BLOG ABOUT and TROY HIGH, both available from Abrams/Amulet Books, and THE BOYFRIEND THIEF and SURFACING, both available in ebook format for all ereaders.
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