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Troy High

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,342 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
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Mar 05, 2011 Taylor rated it did not like it
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
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
Lisa Campbell
Feb 25, 2012 Lisa Campbell rated it liked it
Lisa Campbell
Traditional Literature

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
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
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
May 03, 2015 Sammee (I Want to Read That) rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Aug 16, 2009 Leigh rated it it was amazing
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
Evan Bauman
Nov 14, 2014 Evan Bauman rated it really liked it
1 The book troy high, written by shana norris, the book has a lot of drama in it. With the main character a spartan who was made to go to the spartans because there is once a year people go from school to school. She was best friends with a from her old school the trojans starts to get a crush on him, but there is a rival between the schools. She is short and pretty. The best friend brandon, 5,5 and skinny didn’t know about the crush, until she asked him to go to the dance at the rival school. ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Ariyana rated it it was amazing
This book was GREAT!! I’m not big on reading and I don’t like to read much, but this was one book that was so hard to put down! I related with the main character a lot being that she had conflict in her love life. If you are big on young love and romance conflict, this would be a great book for you.
Allie Griggs
Feb 25, 2014 Allie Griggs rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2014 Lou rated it it was amazing
loooved it.
Oct 10, 2010 704alexandria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
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Princess Bookie
Dec 28, 2009 Princess Bookie rated it liked it
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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
Jul 31, 2009 M rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2011 3NoraE rated it really liked it
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
Aug 15, 2016 Dixielauren rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, never-again, ya
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
Dec 01, 2012 Isamlq rated it it was ok
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
Isabella Mas
Jan 10, 2014 Isabella Mas rated it really liked it
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
Reyhan Can
Jan 22, 2013 Reyhan Can rated it liked it
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
Feb 26, 2013 Sophie Burke rated it it was amazing
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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
I'm not really familiar with Homer's Iliad, but as a reader I could say that:

Their school rivalry is childish.

Hunter talking about being a man and so on... but their way of revenge or payback didn't give the thought of being the bigger man justice. Then again, Lacede or Spartans didn't act like champions in the end.

Well it's somewhat a happy ending, so... all's well.
Melissa Sanchez
Apr 15, 2016 Melissa Sanchez rated it liked it
I liked the idea of school VS school, but I didn't like some characters, the story was funny but the main character was really bored, so she make the story bored and funny.
Marisela Sutton
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Feb 13, 2016 SJ rated it liked it
Shelves: cute
It made me laugh
This book was loads of fun. I started this book on a two hour flight to Florida and I was done just as the pilot said it was time to start the landing procedures. The story of Helen of Troy has always been a fascinating one to me and it was very fun reading this retelling in a modern story.

I enjoyed the characters and I enjoyed how fast the book moved.

Plus it was a very quick read which really made this book fun.

This is a great, fun, fast read and is for anyone who loves a cute retelling.
Katie Hopper
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Paula Sarmiento
Sep 14, 2014 Paula Sarmiento rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2014 Kala rated it it was ok
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
Kelly Schreiner
May 02, 2014 Kelly Schreiner rated it liked it
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
Aug 01, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it
The main character's brother (I forgot her name, wow), Perry, is SUCH an ass. It was kind of hard to imagine growing up with someone and yet having no relationship with them besides being an ass. I really love familial bonds and stuff but this had none of that. I would have LOVED if Shana Norris developed the main character's relationships with her brothers and made you feel all sweet and mushy inside, but I guess not..
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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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