Review: Oh. My. Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

Oh. My. Gods.

(Oh. My. Gods., #1)
By: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Penguin
Published: May 1, 2008
Genre: YA
Source: Library

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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 uberexclusive 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 superbeautiful 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.



Phoebe’s mother goes away to Greece for one week and comes back not only engaged but plans to get married that weekend and whisk Phoebe away to Athens with her. Once Phoebe arrives in Athens she is informed that the school she will be attending is a school for the descendants of the Greek Gods but they are allowing her to attend the school even though she is a mere mortal.

I loved the sound of the book. It sounded like a light YA read with Greek mythology (which I love) but what I ended up with was a mediocre teenage angst book. Phoebe finds herself as an outcast in a school of descendants. She makes two good friends, one being a boy that likes her. However, Phoebe pines away at the unavailable moody and sometimes down right rude, Blake. She also has an evil stepsister who hates her on site when her father randomly comes home with a new wife and her kid. Which was never really talked about. I thought maybe there would be some magical reason why the mother just randomly up and ran off with a practical stranger but I guess it’s just suppose to be love at first sight? Either way the majority of the book was Phoebe pining away for the unattainable rude boy.

I did like the mythology aspect and how the descendants resemble the gods talents. Pretty much the descendants were branched off in cliques based off of their heritage.

I think the story could have been so much better but it just felt rushed in some places and unbelievable in others. Which is saying a lot since I was reading a book about the children produced from the Greek Gods all converging at one school.


“Were you possessed by the Furies after we met this morning? Or did I just catch you off guard before you’d had your jerk juice?”

2 Thoughts on “Review: Oh. My. Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

  1. Totally agree. Mythology always makes for good plots in YA books, but there still needs to be more, right? I did think this one had some good moments, especially with the humor.

    ~Joy @ Book Lagniappe

  2. Oh this doesn’t sound good but I’m not surprised as I’ve read another of Tera’s books and it just wasn’t for me, it was too young and repetive

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