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Troy High

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,641 ratings  ·  323 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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I feel like I would have given this a much higher rating had I read it 5 years ago. I did enjoy looking for the similarities between the original and this retelling though!
Mar 02, 2011 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
Nasty Lady MJ
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
Six years ago, my cousin’s wife introduced me to local North Carolina author Shana Norris’s books. Troy High is the second novel I read by Shana, and during a giveaway she hosted back in December, I won a hardcover copy and knew it was time for a reread and official review.

What I Liked:

Retelling of The Iliad
Though I’ve never read The Iliad, I had to read its sequel, The Odyssey, for ninth grade English and am slightly familiar with the story of the Trojans versus the Spartans. In Troy High, the
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

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 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
Aug 16, 2009 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
Sep 12, 2014 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.
Saniyh Stafford
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book there are many character. Cassie is the main character, but there is also, Greg, Hunter, Perry, Elena, and lots of others. The main problem in this book is that Troy High and Lacade High get in a huge prank war and start destroying each others schools. The settings in this book is the Princes house, Greg's house, Troy and Lacade Highs, and a couple other places.
There are many figurative devices in Troy High. First is similes: "Greg's lips were just calling me, but I couldn't risk
Mar 08, 2013 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
Aug 18, 2011 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, but now ...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
Allie Griggs
Feb 25, 2014 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
Dec 01, 2012 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
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
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Reyhan Can
Dec 20, 2012 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
Isabella Mas
Sep 02, 2013 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
Princess Bookie
Dec 01, 2009 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
Sophie Burke
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
PCB Review
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
Evan Bauman
Nov 14, 2014 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
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
Nov 09, 2009 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
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.
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 01, 2014 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..
Mar 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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!!
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Marisela Sutton
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Little Bee
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Narrator Rating: 5 stars

I selected to listen to Troy High over reading the physical book due to the narration style of Khristine Hvam. Hvam brought this Homer's Iliad retelling to life narrating the intense feud between the Troy High Trojans and the Laseed High Spartans. When the school rezoning happened and one of the popular, beautiful Spartan cheerleaders, Elena, becomes a Trojan teenager, it is only the beginning of a series of increasingly unfortunate events. Putting forward into motion the
Rea K
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
So back in the day when I was in high school, I saw this book repeatedly at my local library. Back in the day when the teen section took up about maybe the space of a full-size bed. It was tiny and perfect. I finally picked it up to read on a whim because I saw it for $.79 and I was like "well. For that price, it's not a total loss if it sucks."
And it didn't. I knew it was going to be cheeseballs and terrible. It's ya. I'm over ya books because they're terrible and cheeseballs. But I enjoyed my
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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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