If you’ve ever been interested in Greek mythology but haven’t gotten yourself to really read about it, then this might be the right book for you!
Greek Gods #Squadgoals by Courtney Carbone is about Greek myths, but re-written in a form that almost everyone is familiar with: texting. Yes, the Greek gods text each other. It’s one of the books in the OMG series, including altered versions of Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, and Romeo and Juliet. So far, this book is the first to be based on ancient mythology.
The book seems to follow an accurate timeline of Greek mythology, starting out with Gaia, the personification of the Earth, and Uranus, the personification of the sky, and the birth of beings like the Titans, Cyclopes, and later, the gods.
The gods in the book still behave the same way as they did in the original Greek myths, but of course, they’re constantly checking their phones: whether to post articles, update their profiles, or just text other gods.
In the Greek myths, the gods often have difficulties that are usually caused by another god: Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, the god of the underworld, and Hera wouldn’t let Zeus be around other women.
In this book, when Persephone was kidnapped, she texts her mother, Demeter, who is the goddess of the harvest: “Pls hurry! I am getting rly hungry and my options r pretty limited down here. (pensive face emoji)”
Zeus had left a dating app open on his phone and Hera found out about it: “U left a dating app open this a.m.!!! I still can’t believe u tricked me into marrying u. (angry face emoji)”
You get the point.
Some parts in the book can be hard to understand if you’re new to Greek mythology, but overall, it’s a neat idea: It does a good job showing the gods’ emotions and how they feel towards each other during all of the events in the book.
It’s very short, with only about 115 pages and hardly any paragraphs, and it only has a few myths in it, but it’s still enough to give the reader a basic idea of Greek mythology. I would recommend this book for anyone ages 12 and up.
Even if you weren’t that interested in it before, this book might make you want to start learning more about Greek mythology!