Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn ChildsOh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
Published by Dutton Juvenile on May 1st 2008
Pages: 272

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, Hera, and other Greek gods. That's right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes: supersmart and super beautiful with a few superpowers. And now they're on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

Although not an amazing book, Oh. My. Gods. was nonetheless, a fun read. 

Phoebe’s life is pretty good. She’s got two great friends and a solid chance at getting a full-ride to USC for her superb cross country running abilities. Everything seems to be going right until her mother comes back with two big surprises. 1: She’s engaged and 2: She and Phoebe are moving to Greece in a matter of weeks. Phoebe’s life is quickly turned on it’s axis.

Early on, we and Phoebe, find out that not only is her new stepfather a descendant from one of the main Greek gods, but that the school (where he works) that Phoebe will be attending, is a secret academy for Greek god descendant children. And oh yeah, Phoebe is the only non-supernaturally-gifted student there. Phoebe feels like an outsider the moment she arrives at the academy.

Oh. My. Gods. was cute in the sense that it didn’t take itself too seriously. It was a lighthearted read, never really exploring too deeply, the darker and crueler nature surrounding the Greek Parthenon. 

This was a fast-paced novel, but not in a good way. A lot of events were rushed or not fleshed out enough. A character could be nasty one minute and in another 5 pages, a completely different person. There’s also some insta-love which I find, totally cheapens a potential and budding relationship. I liked Childs’ spin on Greek mythology and wished that the book had been meatier, more character and world building could have really made this book stellar. 


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