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Persephone the Phony

(Goddess Girls #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  3,981 ratings  ·  240 reviews
In Persephone the Phony, Persephone develops a crush on bad-boy Hades. Her mom (Demeter) and friends don’t approve, and Persephone finds herself sneaking around to see him. Hades convinces her to tell the truth, and it’s revealed that he isn’t all that bad, just misunderstood!
Paperback, 137 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Aladdin
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This series is beyond adorable!
I liked this even more than the first book 👌
Really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this installment of the series. I think it deals with a really important tween issue for girls-standing up for yourself. This is an age where girls really start to feel pressure to be like everyone else and it's hard to remember to speak up.

Persephone is always agreeable, she wants to go along with everything just so she won't make anyone mad. She drags along to the mall when she would rather be home. She always agrees with her group of friends, even when she thinks differently. S
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Persephone the Phony is my favourite of the first two books, as I liked Persephone slightly more than Athena, and this one even had a little sprinkling of romance, with none other than bad boy Hades! Well, he's not bad really, everyone just thinks he is. Instead, he's a sweet, thoughtful guy with an interest in Persephone, and a kick-ass black stallion that he rides around on. Life's great if you're a God of the Underworld, eh?

I really like how these books incorporate Greek mythology into the ev
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: retellings, mythology
This was such a cute book! I am so happy that I won this (yes I won it off the internet - for FREE)!

It was so adorable! Though it was definitely for younger audiences. The plot was rather simplistic and, although it gave good thought to the question of idenitiy, it was over almost before it began.

I had problems with the fact that Hades was in school and Zeus was already grown up (Hades is the oldest!) but all in all the myhtology stuff was more acurate than I thought it would be.

I realize that
Maria Mejia
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the little life lessons thrown in here. Don't judge someone based on rumors and how to diffuse a situation without violence. I love these books. They are so nice to read after all the darker books I've read
With a mother that is always telling her to 'go along to get along', Persephone rarely gets to do what she wants or say what she means. She just tries to make everyone feel comfortable and doesn't want anyone's feelings to get hurt.

She even pretends to like the same things as her best friends at the Mount Olympus Academy. She goes shopping with Aphrodite, pretends to like knitting for Athena, and says Artemis' dogs don't bother her at all, even though they are kind of smelly.

So, when she meets b
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-all-others
I liked this book a lot for the themes it talked about (being true to yourself, being honest with those you care about, don't judge others when you don't know all the facts), BUT I could not bring myself to give it a 5 star because I've read Joan Holub's younger series, Heroes in Training. While this might seem like nitpicking, the Heroes in Training series is a lot closer to the origin myths in Greek Mythology. This series is very cute (and some of the classes sound awesome, Hero-ology anyone?) ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I really love this series for quite a few different reasons. First off, girls can easily identify with it and it covers issues commonly found in middle school, well in this case Mount Olympus Academy. This particular book illustrates that you can't judge a godboy just because they are from the Underworld and are slightly shy and moody. Persephone is tired of just going with the flow. Upon meeting Hades, she decides to make a few changes and goes against what her friends want for once. Although t ...more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Persephone always goes along with the crowd. Her mother is very overprotective and brought her up not to make waves. This book was extremely loosly based on the Persephone/Hades myth. In the beginning I couldn't get into it, but as Persephone learned the importance of being on her own two feet, I started to appreciate it more and more. I also really liked Hades. Who is not a misunderstood bad boy, but just misunderstood. He's not a bad guy and I really appreciated that. This was a much looser in ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short, middle-grade
With a mix of Greek mythology and tween woes, this is a great book for middle-graders. Persephone is tired of pretending to be someone she's not for the sake of her mother and friends, but a single act of rebellion changes how they all look at each other. Persephone's story is a great way to look at peer pressure, conformity, and changing yourself to fit into a crowd.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Persephone fells like she is in love with one of the bad boys at school she thinks that she is a phony. Join Persephone in her adventure to save time and her love also. The bad boy is hades and he is a mental hearted boy that loves her for who she is.
Meredith Leach
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Good follow-up to the first book. Readers (mostly girls) will absorb mythology facts within a fictionalized story about Persephone, Hades, and 3 other goddesses in middle school. Ages 8-12.
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Such a great series for middle grade girls ages 8+. Love the fun, light take on mythology.
Camryn Samuel
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was really good! LOL:)
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Didn't like this one as much as the others.
Claire Wang
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It doesn’t matter if you have a boyfriend you just like him it doesn’t matter
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Persephone the Phony is the retelling of the story of Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, through a more modern, junior high school theme. Persephone is like any of the other Goddess Girls at Mount Olympus Academy except she doesn't live in the dorms with her friends, so her watchful mother Demeter can keep an eye on her, and she doesn't share the exact interests that they do. To feel as though she fits in, Persephone employs her mother's wisdom of 'go along to get along' which ultimately leads t ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The second installment of the Goddess Girls series focuses on Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess and future queen of the underworld. As a young girl, Persephone is so retiring that she hardly dares venture an opinion to her friends, allowing them to dictate her activities and her tastes. Her mother, Demeter, is an overprotective parent ('chariot mom') who refuses to let her live in the dorms at Mount Olympus Academy or talk to any of her godboy classmates and tells her daughter to "go a ...more
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Tiffany Spencer
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Persephone The Phony (Goddess Girls 2)
PLOT: Goddess Girl Persephone likes to "fake her way to the top". Meaning to stay in the other Goddess Girl's good graces she'll go along with anything they say. All that changes though when she meet's Hades "bad boy" of the Underworld. And starts spending time with him against her mother's wishes. After running away to the Underworld her mother's eyes are opened and she realizes she's been holding on too tight when she hears about the good sense Hades shows
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

I enjoyed this book a smidgen more than the previous book. This book follows Persephone as she tries to find her own place in the academy, a place that isn't dictated by her mother or her friends. She meets Hades who is pretty unpopular and they form something of an unlikely friendship. Persephone finds Hades's world fascinating because she is the bringer of life and he brings death. This pairing is my abs
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Persephone the Phony is the second book of the Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.

Persephone goes to Mount Olympus Academy, where godboys and goddessgirls go, and hangs out with her friends, Athena, Artemis, and Aphrodite. She would love to live on campus, but her mother, Demeter, insists that she stays home. Her mother often tells her to “go along to get along”, so Persephone is often doing what her friends want or says things she thinks they want to hear, such as going to
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
This is the second instalment in the Goddess Girls series and it's safe to say the series is only getting better. It is fast-paced, fun, witty and really well written. I enjoyed this one more than the first simply because the main character Persephone is so down-to-earth and relate-able, I think most people will love her too. Even though they are Goddess Girls they still go through all the struggles of normal young girls, because life never really runs smoothly, does it?

Persephone goes along wit
Small Review
This is the second Goddess Girls book I’ve read and the second book in the (still on-going) series. The first book followed Athena and was a self-contained story. This second book follows, perhaps obviously, the character Persephone. I don’t think it is necessary to have read these books in order and Persephone ends completely and without any cliffhangers.

Everything I loved about the first book (Athena the Brain) is present here as well. Greek myths are continually referenced in both the overarc
{My Thoughts} – Persephone is one of Athena’s closest friends. However, she isn’t as un-masked around Athena and the other girls as she is around a Godboy named Hades. Persephone seems to like that she can be her own dreary, emo like self when she is around Hades, and she doesn’t have that option around her other friends. The reason for that is because her mother is always telling her to go along with others and what they want so that she has an easier means of getting along with them. That does ...more
I was excited when I won this via Goodreads but now that I have read it, I am ecstatic that I won this book! I loved everything about it, really I’m not sure I could find something I didn’t love. The spin on the Greek Gods and Goddesses is unique, creative and well-played in this novel. Persephone’s struggles are those of the target audience, ages 8 through 12, and range from peer pressure, discovering and exercising individuality, independence versus parental involvement, seeing past first impr ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Persephone enjoys doing things with her best friends, Athena, Aphrodite. and Artemis. They have some interests in common and enjoy classes at the MOA or Mount Olympus Academy along with God boys. Sometimes, though, Persephone has her own ideas or just likes to do things on her own. Her mother, Demeter has told her many times that one must “go along, to get along”. The problem is when Persephone does this she is unhappy and feels misunderstood. One day, she leaves the heavens and makes her way to ...more
Bella Mauro
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the goddess girl series and I will say I love the retelling of Persephone and Hades. This retelling was cute and swoon worthy, a great fall read. The young romance in this book was wonderful and amazing. While I didn't like Persephone as a narrator as much as I did Athena, I will say Persephone has her fair share of struggles and heart ache.
Hades was misjudged and misunderstood. Rumors about him painted him as this terrible bad boy and everyone wanted Persephone to st
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Persephone the Phony by Joan Holub is freakin' adorable. I truly love this series. I'm a huge mythology buff and the myth of Hades and Persephone has always been a favorite of mine.[return]I don't like how many modern interpretations show Hades as being cruel and heartless (the Percy Jackson series, Disney's Hercules, etc). There's little evidence in ancient mythology that Hades was a "mean" god (in fact he seems the most fair and least selfish of his family) and this book did a really good job ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Our girls have really enjoyed the Goddess Girls series so far, especially our oldest. We read this book along with Myth-O-Mania: Have a Hot Time, Hades! - Book #1 by Kate McMullan and got two interesting, modern and fresh perspectives of Greek mythology. I think the Myth-o-Mania series is more faithful to the original stories and I like that one better. But these tales have more illustrations and in any case, I'm glad that our girls are interested and excited to learn about the characters and ge ...more
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