I knew I would like this book as soon as I read the back cover. When advance praise comes from Greek gods, you know you’re getting a winner. Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs is truly divine. Seriously.
Phoebe Castro just got some really bad news. Her mother met some guy while on vacation in Greece, they’re getting married, and Pheobe now has to move to Greece and leave everything she knows and loves in California. And if things aren’t bad enough, she learns, about a minute before she arrives at her new home, that all of the people who live on the island where she’s moving are descended from the Greek gods. That’s right. Greek gods. Not just a myth anymore.
The cliques in Phoebe’s new school are like those in most other high schools–except people are grouped based on their god. For instance, the goth kids are descendants of Hades, the popular kids are descended from Zeus and Hera, and the athletes are descended from Ares, the god of war (which, when you think about the nature of most athletic events, kind of makes sense).
Naturally, Phoebe has some difficulties adjusting. Her stepsister appears to hate her on site (and you really don’t want someone with supernatural powers as your enemy), she has the hots for a guy who seems to loathe her one minute and love her the next, and her mom is all lovey-dovey with her stepdad, who happens to be the school principal.
All that keeps Phoebe sane is running. She feels closer to her own father, who died when she was little, when she’s running. When Phoebe joins the school cross-country team, she knows she’s in for a fight. How can she compete against people descended from gods? Well, it seems there are a few surprises in store for Phoebe…
I really enjoyed this book. It helps that I like Greek mythology and know without explanation what each god or goddess is famous for. (Don’t worry, though, if you don’t know. Context clues provide plenty of information.) If you enjoyed Meg Cabot’s Avalon High or similar tales, you should definitely check out Tera Lynn Childs’ Oh. My. Gods.