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Medusa the Mean

(Goddess Girls #8)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,306 ratings  ·  86 reviews

Medusa is the ultimate mean girl in this series that blends modern drama with ancient myths.Well researched and true to the original myths, each volume in the Goddess Girls series addresses contemporary issues, like friendships and relationships, from a classically accurate—and entertaining—perspective.

In Medusa the Mean, Medusa is sick and tired of being the only mortal a

Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Aladdin
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Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you haven't yet discovered The Goddess Girls Series, allow me to introduce you. This wonderful set of books is all about mixing classic mythology with modern day girls and guys. Trust me, it's a ton of fun to read! Although these books are slated for Middle Graders, I see no reason why older aged readers wouldn't like them as well. After all, I'm almost 30, and I love them still!

In this particular installment, we get to see a lot further into Medusa's past and why she earned the title "Queen
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Medusa is a rock star! She really is. Once she learns how to trust and be herself, she steals the show. She can turn people into stone, stir the pot, and is easy to spot! She's more hardcore than the frat godboys and outshines the shimmering goddessgirls. Medusa should never try to be like those girls. I see more costumes of her than any of them on Halloween anyway.

Jane Austen is in the myth mix too. At first it's like, aw, this tween book is so cute! Dionysus knows Medusa needs to be praised fo
At First Sight: As one of the few mortals allowed to attend Mount Olympus Academy, it could be said that Medusa Gorgon doesn't have it easy. And, even though she pretends not to care, she isn't above feeling both jealousy and longing for the perks that come with being immortal.

And with Principal Zeus and Hera's wedding fast approaching, Medusa feels this longing more than ever, and she's just about to realize what lengths she's willing to go for immortality and popularity.

To top it all off, 7
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love all of the Goddess Girls books, but this one is possibly even tied for overall fave along with Persephone the Phony. I was almost wary of a book about the 'Queen of Mean' Medusa, but now I absolutely love her! We really got to see why she acts the way she does and understand her motivations for being so grouchy.

I totally love her snakes as well. After Athena caused her hair to turn into snakes, Medusa doesn't even see it as a bad thing, she loves her snakes like pets! The snakes hiss at p
Joan Holub
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-work
Goddess Girls series, ages 8-12, Aladdin paperbacks
#1 Athena the Brain
#2 Persephone the Phony
#3 Aphrodite the Beauty
#4 Artemis the Brave
#5 Athena the Wise
#6 Aphrodite the Diva
#7 Artemis the Loyal (December 2011)
#8 Medusa the Mean (April 2012)
The Girl Games (Super Special, July 2012)
3 more GGs to come!
From the Back Cover:
The Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths! Follow the ins and outs of divine s
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really love it. Although th is the first book of the Goddess Girls series I read, I wasn't really confused or lost with everything else going on. I love the twists that the authors gave to the gods, goddesses and mortals alike. And I really love Medusa in this book, which surprised me because she never really come off as likable to me when I read Greek mythology. And surprise that she ended up with Dionyseus that was a shock to me. Again, I really love this book although it is a little angsty, ...more
Dolly Lwin
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a quite entertaining book but I don't think this was how Medusa got her snake hair. This is my first time reading Goddess Girls and I will try to read more of them.
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Artemis is still in love with that guy?
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In Medusa the Mean, there are only two things Medusa really wants - to be immortal like her sisters and the popular girls and for Poseidon to like her. To achieve these dreams, Medusa decides she needs The Immortalizer, a magical necklace she saw advertised in a magazine. The problem is that it doesn’t seem to work, of course. In the course of trying to become immortal, Medusa is also trying to find the perfect wedding gift for Zeus and Hera’s upcoming wedding, try to figure
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: myths
Actually, this is the big, great final of the Goddess Girls series, well, before books 9-23.
Medusa and Dionysos is an unusual pairing but both characters are so authentic that it's believeable. It's one of the best books of the series. Medusa ist a snarky snake girl and she'll be the sassy heroine.
A big wedding is celebrated for Hera and Zeus, and Medusa wants to be the bridesmaid Chosen by her crush Poseidon. To get popular finally, Medusa needs a charm and she would buy it for money, with une
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This gives a lot of backstory to the "mean girl" of the Mount Olympus Academy, which I found enjoyable. The reason(s) for her meanness gives a slightly different perspective on what might normally be seen as a "villainess" of the series. I think that there is both the obvious moral of "try to see through another's eyes" and a more subtle question about if "being direct" is a good thing or a bad thing. I admit, I almost didn't read this one, as I don't in general care for the snippets I've seen o ...more
Elizabeth  Chang
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews, 3-stars, 2017
Getting to learn more about Medusa was really great. The last few books didn't really mention her, and when they did, she was usually only seen as rude and mean. I got to learn so much more about her history and her life in this book, yay! Her parents, especially, they weren't very nice, and I feel so sorry for her. Her blunt honesty is also very refreshing.
Myka  Gilliam
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this for my six-year-old! Medusa is strong and fearless but real. She is worried about normal young girl things like cute boys and friends without being worried about her body, beauty, or catty things. She stands up for people and embraces her uniqueness. My daughter loved it too!
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was really interesting to read about a "person" with 12 snakes on their head. I really enjoyed the idea of all the Greek mortals, gods, and goddesses in a school together. I'll have to read more when I get the chance
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love it I never really thought about Medusa but now I have in a totally different way
Aug 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zz2019-aug-new
It was pretty strange reading a book from the point of view of someone who is not one of the main characters, especially the bully in the story. But I didn't feel any dislike towards Medusa, I just felt sorry for her. I mean, she is at an academy mostly full of good-looking and powerful immortals, when she is mortal, unpopular and has snakes for hair; which stops anyone coming near her. Her family are pretty horrible to her I thought, and all she want's is to be popular and immortal, which seem ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

I absolutely love this series! Joan and Suzanne have done such a wonderful job at creating relatable young Greek Goddesses and Gods that MG and older elementary grade readers will enjoy reading. One of the things I love about this series is how each young Goddess has her own book. This not only allows readers to get to know each one more, but they also see how she interacts with the previous Goddess Girls already introduced into the series. With this story, I enjoyed getting to know mo
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Medusa the Mean is the eighth book in the Goddess Girls series, and the second book in the series I have read. In the first few books the more popular goddess girls are the main characters – Athena, Artemis, Aphrodite and Persephone. Later in the series other characters get some spotlight time too.

I was very much excited to be reading about Medusa. She always seems so mean and evil, so it was great to see inside her head for a while. Medusa the Mean really upped my appreciation for Medusa. In sp
{My Thoughts} – Medusa is a rather difficult individual to get along with at Mount Olympus Academy. It is no surprise that most individual’s like to steer clear of her because of her hair. However, her hair isn’t the main reason individual’s steer clear of her. It is also her attitude in general towards others and other things. She seems to approach things and individual’s with the I’m not happy you shouldn’t be either type of attitude.

Medusa discovers a necklace with a special charm that in a b
Awesome! The Queen of Mean takes centre stage in the 8th Goddess Girls book. Medusa fancies the gorgeous godboy Poseidon and soon the perfect opportunity arises to impress him - a swimming contest to decide who will be the final bridesmaid at Zeus and Hera's wedding.

This is definitely one of my favourite GGs! We meet Andromeda, Perseus, Cetus, Medusa's mum and dad and her two sisters (Euryale and Stheno). We also see a bit more of Dionysis and Poseidon.

We get to see Medusa's room for the first t
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
This is another entertaining story in the Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub. Our oldest especially is enthralled by this series and she can't wait to read more. She especially can't wait for Joan Holub to finish the next book.

I love that our girls are being introduced to Greek mythology in a light way; they are remembering the characters and stories and I think it is giving them a good foundation for reading the original tales later on. I liked that the author tries to humanize (or Gorgonize?)
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Medusa is always for a good laugh... At the misfortune of other people. As a child, Medusa was always neglected by her peers and parents. Now she goes to school at MOA by seeking in with her two sisters. However, she still isn't popular. Medusa has tried repetitively to be liked and well known at her school. Medusa finally figured out what she needs to do! Become immortal. It's the perfect solution; but how to do it? With the frowny face and the hair of snakes, will Medusa be able to accomplish ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fun, gg
Pretty good, but that's easy for Joan Holub and Suzzane Williams!
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another great installment in the Goddess Girls series. Told from Medusa’s perspective, we see that she’s not such a mean girl after all. She’s insecure, jaded (teased a lot as a kid, her parents’ least favorite, etc.), and just trying to protect herself. We see a girl with a lot of heart who just wants to be accepted.

As with previous Goddess Girls books, there’s a moral to the story. Medusa starts out believing dreams are a sure way to get disappointed, but learns that sometimes they can come tr
Maria Garcia
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Medusa the Mean" by Joan Holub was a beautiful story because it was unsuspected . I couldn't put down this book because I wanted to know if Medusa will become Immortal or get out of MOA because she was stealing. Joan Holub is a great author for making this book to be unsuspected. For example, "You! come forth!" Zeus called her. "You shall be rewarded for this fabulous gift." When Medusa stood before Zeus, he asked, "Well mortal, what reward do you choose. She didn't have to think about it for e ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Medusa Gorgon attends Mount Olympus Academy but is a "mortal" not a goddess and not one of the popular goddesses. She has snakes for hair due to a mishap with an invention of goddess girl Athena and has a bit of a chip on her shoulder. While she longs to fit in she usually does something to push away potential god boy and goddess girlfriends. She believes that if only she was "immortal" being out of the "cool club" would go away. Medusa gets hold of an "Immortalizer Necklace" that she things wil ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Greek Mythology
Shelves: fantasy
This is the eighth installment of the Goddess Girls series with the focus on Medusa this time. Although Medusa is a mortal and not considered to "be one of the popular crowd", I am glad to see she received her very own book. This is a softer version of Medusa then I was expecting but certainly has the elements that I love(snarky personality and snakes for hair) and really throws her into the spotlight as a Goddess Girl. The overall theme of this story is the desire to fit in, feel popular and in ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read one of the Goddess Girl books that I didn't love, and I think that so far this one just might be my favorite. I loved seeing how Medusa's character grew throughout the story and despite her calling herself "Queen of Mean" she demonstrates that she really isn't. Like many young kids, and teens, today Medusa puts on a tough face to try to show that the other kids' comments don't affect her when the comments hurt her. At the beginning of the story Medusa has convinced herself tha ...more
Michelle Tempted By Books
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Medusa is the class bully, in a way. All she really wants is to be popular, sadly she has built up some very strong defensive walls. Believing that the only way she will have a better life is if she can become Immortal like all the over popular gods and goddesses at school, she sets out to make it a reality. Seeing Medusa's side of things helped to make her a little less hateful and sometimes you are able to feel sad for her as well. Again this book wouldn't be a Goddess Girl story without some ...more
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