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Oh. My. Gods.

(Oh. My. Gods. #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  14,750 ratings  ·  1,071 reviews
A modern girl's comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.

When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uber exclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, H

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Dutton Juvenile (first published 2008)
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Cheyanne No reason you shouldn't give it a try. The series is pretty clearly geared toward a teen/pre-teen female audience, and in some cases gets a little cli…moreNo reason you shouldn't give it a try. The series is pretty clearly geared toward a teen/pre-teen female audience, and in some cases gets a little cliche. That isn't to say it doesnt have it's fair share of nice twists and quirks. So while it was not the best book I've ever read, it's worth a shot, especially if you're just borrowing from the library.(less)
Ruby Yes. I just finished the second one it is called "Goddess Boot Camp."

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Steph (Reviewer X)
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Before I wrote this review, I did a quick blog search for others’ reviews of it. And what I found stumped me—this book is adored everywhere except for a few places that do like it, just had qualms about the character development. I’m wondering just how this became everyone’s pet.

... I must’ve not read the same novel as everyone else.

In the first three pages, it’s established Phoebe’s a runner, her mom’s a therapist, and her mom’s getting married with a man she’s known for six days (and tells Pho
This book was cute. It was like a Hogwarts for the teen descendants of Greek mythology.

When Phoebe's Mom marries a Greek principal of a Greek school she realizes that mythology is real. The descendants of Greek gods and goddesses have a school on a secret island in order to be educated and learn to control their powers.

Phoebe is coming to accept the changes in her life as well as being the new kid and boy trouble.

The book has all the normal cliches: the hot jock she crushes on, the mean popular
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I don’t even know where to start! I guess first off, I should say that I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about it, I’m a huge fan of Greek Mythology. So, to say that I was expecting a lot going into it, doesn’t quite cover it. I don’t know if anyone else does this, but I always look at the thickness I have left of a book to read once I start a good reading spell, and I either think two things; 1.) okay I only have this much more to go. Or 2.) oh no! This is all t ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
I only wanted to read it because I love the Percy Jackson series so much, I had hopes it would be at least somewhat close to it. There was a glimmer of hope towards the end that it might have some improvement in writing, but the first half of the book? Seriously awful.

Really - a mother meets & marries some guy in another country within 1 week while at a reunion for her dead husband's family?! Shows up at her daughter's biggest race to introduce the new husband at the f'g finish line!? Better ye
Ardent Reader
It was similar to Percy Jackson series but with less humor.
The character building was too shallow.
Richard Derus
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This YA novel of losing one's identity, being forced to adapt to a highly charged new emotional environment, and redefining what love and friendship mean to you is a cute, nicely thought out romp.

Greek gods, we all know, are myths. Right? Well, not so much in Childs's book. She's updated the whole "gods are real" trope that's so popular in romantic fiction these days to include teens. I think the intended audience will lap this up, since it plays into adolescent exceptionalism (the illusion that
I really wanted to like this book. The premise was SO different and potentially clever, but it just really failed to deliver. There are so many things that could've been great but were just left out. Like, all these kids are descended from different Gods and have their own cliques based on which God they're related to, but aside from a few cosmetic distinctions, the differences pretty much stop there. Despite being descended from the Gods who are known for things like lightening bolts, or contro ...more
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, ya
Phoebe's mother goes away to Greece for one week and comes back not only engaged but plans to get married that weekend and whisk Phoebe away to Athens with her. Once Phoebe arrives in Athens she is informed that the school she will be attending is a school for the descendants of the Greek Gods but they are allowing her to attend the school even though she is a mere mortal.

I loved the sound of the book. It sounded like a light ya read with Greek mythology (which I love) what I ended up with was
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: clean-romance, own-it
Meh. I liked it, but it didn't wow me. That is why I am not going to do an in-depth review today, sorry.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 13 years or older a mature 11 year old could read it though.

BAD WORD ALERT: There are definitely bad words in this. Though they are not frequent they are still occasional as in every 20 pages or so (just a guess).

NOTE TO PARENTS: This book has some touching. Other than that nothing more then kissing, nothing suggestive, and is definitely clean. Although I would say no to m
Sep 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
To be fair, the reason I gave this book a 1 star rating is because it was remarkably juvenile and one dimensional which would be completely acceptable if I wasn't twenty eight years old. I felt back in junior high the entire two days I read Oh.My.Gods and not in a good way. If people thought Twilight was based on a really domestic/passively-aggressive dysfunctional relationship than we should report Oh.My.Gods for abuse! Everyone is horrid in this novel. Each character is whiny, resentful, super ...more
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
What I want never happens.

Damn, Phoebe, is Griffin really all that if he only warmed up to you after (view spoiler) I dont know about you, but that sounds pretty sketchy to me.

So even though Phoebe's mind only ran one way most of the time- namely GRIFFINGRIFFINGRIFFIN- she managed to think about the other people, namely, her best friends.

To be completely honest, I wouldnt mind a whole book just about them. Hel
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Since I had been reading Rick Riordan’s books, I figured I would try out someone else’s take on the mythology. I will say, it’s hard to move into someone else’s perspective on these deities, but I enjoyed the story.

Generally speaking, Phoebe’s life changes completely overnight. Her mom gets married, she moves from LA to a Greek island, and of course she has a new school. Oh and everyone at the school, including her new stepfather, are descendants of Greek gods. No big deal.

Being the only nothos
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow... that was...better than I thought...I am glad I picked this book up! Can't wait to get my hands on Goddess Boot Camp!
Alexa Hamilton
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
Cute, about a teen girl who winds up on a Greek island where everyone else is the descendant of a Greek god. The ending is entirely predictable and the writing style is distracting in its lack of transitions.
Colleen Houck
I wanted to break out my running shoes and keep up with Phoebe as best as I could. She's an inspiring character and one I'd want to be friends with. Loved learning about Nike! Kindof interested in the hot stepdad!
Helen Power
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a cute book! I couldn't put it down. It's a good book to pick up when you're feeling blue and you need a pick me up.
This novel was cute! I did skim chunks at a time not fully engaged, but a fun quick beach read!! If one needs a sweet & G rated novel to get away from reality for with a mind break this is a great choice!! Cute storyline & likeable characters!!!! ...more
Jan 11, 2009 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Phoebe, about to be a senior in high school, has big future plans that are suddenly interrupted when her mom returns from a trip to Greece and announces she's met a guy and they're getting married immediately and then they're all moving to Greece. Talk about a ridiculous beginning! Her mom actually lays this news on Phoebe after she wins a race at the end of a running camp (good timing, no?) and then, en route to the small island her new stepfather lives on, Phoebe is informed that th ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I would rate this book a 3.5. I'm usually very interested in books that have a spin on Greek Mythology, so I didn't doubt I'd be interested in this book as well. Most Greek Mythology YA books focus on the Persephone and Hades myth, but this book didn't! LOVED that!

I will say there needed to be more characterization. I had so many questions throughout the book that would have helped me get to know the characters more but were never really answered... what god is Damien descended from (is it Hera
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
This was actually more like 2.5 stars for me. I didn't really expect to like it, especially since I'd read Forgive My Fins and didn't like that.

I thought it was ok (weird cover, too). I got really annoyed during parts of this book. I thought that it was odd that Phoebe's mom would come back from a family reunion (Pheobe's deceased dad - by the way, said family is never even mentioned in the rest of the book. They go to Greece and they never even see them?!?) and returns engaged. Her mom was only
Veronica Morfi
A fun and fast read!

Phoebe's life is about to change dramatically, when her moms moves them to a tiny island in Greece to live with her new husband. What Phoebe doesn't know is that the island's only Academy is a super private school for Gods' descendents. She feels like an outcast, the only normal -nothos- kid in a school filled with semi-gods. But that doesn't stop her from pursuing her dream in running and making the school's team.

Soon enough she makes new friends, new enemies and a very cut
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Mild spoiler ahead. So, um, yeah, just in case, and so that you knew.

I gotta start saying this book was quite short. I read it through the night.

Now I can proceed with the rating. I need to be honest, and this is my honest, not-false rating. I give this book 3 stars because, well... First of all 2 seemed too little and 4 too much. Three was the perfect number. Now, don't think the book was bad, it wasn't. The characters were a bit shallow for my taste.

Phoebe. At the begining, all she did was cry
Phoebe is whisked away to Serfopoula, a tiny island in Greece no one's ever heard of, when her mother decides to marry again. Phoebe is forced to leave behind her best friends Cesca and Nola, for a year. She's counting down the days she can return home so she can go to USC and do what she does best, running. When she attends the Academy at her new home, she finds out it's not the most typical school out there. For starters, the students are all descendants of gods, while she is singled out as a ...more
It's a good thing this book (drivel? Waste of tree bark? Gag-inducing cliché in 272 pages?) is so short I was able to put up with it. Never mind that it's about one of my favorite topics—Greek mythology—and the blurb sounded a bit like one of my all-time favorites, Percy Jackson (I wanted to look for similar books to pass the time waiting for The Blood of Olympus), because it sucked so damn bad. I could probably write a full-length essay entitled Oh My Gods: The Review once I get over these nast ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
My entire reading was coloured by the one comment the main character makes early in the novel..."I'm not a feminist or anything..." For someone who prides herself on being voracious about women and their issues, this? Was not a good thing. Also, most of the times I was rolling my eyes and thinking "what is wrong with this girl?" I realize my anger at the feminist issue might be colouring my review but I really did have problems with the way the characters were developed. A 2.5 for me.
Let’s see where to begin …. This book was amazing I love every page. I love reading Greek mythology books. Childs did a great job writing this book. It had just the right pace; there was never a moment with the book. All the characters are great. Nike is one of my favorite Greek goddess. The book was kind of predictable I guess some parts at the end. But that’s ok I still enjoyed the book very much. Overall this book was great I had fun reading it and I can’t wait to read the next one.
Sep 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed. I thought it would be enough cheese to make it laughable, but realistic enough to make it fun to read. I guess the cheese was a little too thick on this one for me to finish reading. Well, let me recant, I skipped to the last page, read it, and thought, good, I'm glad I didn't waste any more time because it came out exactly right on the cheese-scale.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Another fish-out-of-water teen book. This was a decent read, but the entire story relies too much on coincidence for my taste.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Such a sweet and funny book. There were some great scenes with Phoebe and those popular girl that made my laugh at loud.
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Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning YA author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series.


Her newest release is Myths and Mistletoe, a holiday story collection. She also wrote the City Chicks series and co-wrote the Hero Agenda and Creative HeArts ser

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