Today I’ll be talking about a book that made me giggle – and learn! – without feeling like I’m sitting in the middle of a history lesson. Yes, I’m talking about GREEK GODS #SQUADGOALS by Courtney Carbone. Read on to see what I think of GREEK GODS #SQUADGOALS and make sure you add it to your TBR list!
Greek Gods #squadgoals
Author: Courtney Carbone
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Humor
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Zeus, a king of the gods always in search of a new bae.
A squad of goddesses who can’t resist stirring the pot.
And the selfie-obsessed heroes out for all the likes.
If you have trouble telling Perseus from Theseus (#Greek2Me) or have ever wondered about Oedipus’s tragic dating profile or why Medusa’s Instagram never got traction — this satirical book of Greek myths retold for the Internet age is for you!
tl;dr D’Aulaires’ and Homer’s Greek myths told through characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for any reader — young or old — with a sense of humor!
A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
What I Liked
I love this emerging new trend – stories told not from huge blocks of text, but from snippets of interviews, emails, text messages, notices, and the works. Greek Gods #squadgoals is one of the books with this unique format – namely a book told from a series of different text messages sent by different people – and I feel like the format captured the humor of the book perfectly. In fact, I can’t imagine the book written in any other way.
I also loved the use of emojis. Whoever has talked to me online, via twitter, discord, or the many other online platforms I use to chat with friends, knows that I absolutely love using emojis and it was so cute seeing them used in abundance in the book. Greek Gods #squadgoals was extremely creative with the use of emojis – you’ll have to check out the book to see exactly what I mean. I would showcase a snippet of the book as an example of the great use of emojis, but since that’ll be a copyright strike, the next best thing I can suggest is for you to check out an excerpt of the book.
There is a huge bonus for reading Greek Gods #squadgoals – it makes you learn about mythology! The side effect? You don’t realize you’re learning about it as you read on. I can definitely see this book being a great way for anyone wanting to learn more about mythology, especially younger children.
What I Didn’t Like
Greek Gods #squadgoals was definitely a tad too dramatic at times for my taste, but as you read on, you’ll get used to all the drama and enjoy that dramatic aspect of the book.
If you’re looking for a quick, fun humorous read filled with dramatic emojis, then this book is for you! P.S. You will also learn as well!