Oh. My. Gods. (Oh.My.Gods Series #1)

Oh. My. Gods. (Oh.My.Gods Series #1)

by Tera Lynn Childs


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When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe's well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the überexclusive Academy. If it isn't hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe's classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you're running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!

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ISBN-13: 9780525479420
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Series: Oh.My.Gods Series , #1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs has been an actor, architect, historian, and seventh-grade teacher. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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An effervescent, fast-paced read. -Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Oh. My. Gods. 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 253 reviews.
Burg More than 1 year ago
Right off the bat I just have to say that this was a fun book to read. I've always been fascinated with Greek and Roman mythology, right from the start in middle school where it was a large part of my history class' curriculum. And not much has changed. I'm still interested in mythology and folklore, but I've expanded my horizons since sixth grade, and my interests now vary and include exploring cultures other than Greek and Roman. But when I came across this book and found it a was another fun spin on Greek mythology I couldn't resist...and I'm glad I didn't. Oh.My.Gods. is book I'm glad I added to my collection. I've read a lot of great books lately but not many have been light reads. Some were intense and others very dramatic and emotional. This book was not any of those things in my opinion. It was light and I found it easy to fly through the pages. It was extremely fun to read about the main character Phoebe and her struggles to fit in as a "nothos" or a human without any godly blood running through her gene pool. Tera Lynn Childs' spin on a modern day version of a high school that caters to the descendants of the Greek gods was entertaining. Phoebe dealt with the typical struggles of a normal teenage girl; fitting in at a new high school, close-knit cliques that are very hard to break into, making friends, crushing on cute but unfortunately not so nice boys, and having her single mother marry a complete stranger. While these issues may be ones we've all heard of before or experienced in part for ourselves, the writing and this particular story were not. The writing was clever and witty and was not overloaded with teenage slang, it was funny throughout and often I found myself laughing out loud at parts which is not always the case for me. A chuckle or two can be expected while reading a comedy but some parts in this novel were just downright funny and hard to resist. If you're looking for a fun read, this might be something for you to pick up. The sequel, Goddess Boot Camp, is out and I'll be downloading it to my Kindle momentarily. I want to find out what happens next with Phoebe and the whole gang. It may not fall into my category of keeping me up late at night because I had to find out what happens next but at the same time that wasn't what I was looking for at the moment. I wanted FUN and I got it in spades with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor Phoebe is dragged off to a Greek island, away from her best friends, only to learn her new stepfather is headmaster at a school for the descendents of the Greek gods. Unless she can keep up her grades and make the track team, she'll lose her scholarship to USC and the chance to return home for college. But how does a girl hold her own against super-kids determined to make her life miserable? And then there's her track nemisis Griffin, too gorgeous for even a Greek god. Luckily I started this book on a Saturday afternoon because I read it in one sitting and immediately wanted more. (Yes, I've heard there's a sequel coming but not quickly enough!!!) I loved Phoebe and her friends, both old and new. Mythology is cleverly woven into the story but never takes over. Although it's a young adult book, it's so original and fun, even adults will enjoy it. Buy it. Now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! It's perfect if you like Greek mythology and even if you dont youll still love this book!
Natalia Hadaway More than 1 year ago
Love this! My hardcover had a different cover... but this is a cool book! I didnt even have to google any Roman gods! Easy to follow, and no, its not a trick-your-kids-into-learning books. Although it holds some facts, they only say whats needed for the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As if being a student athlete isn't hard enough, Phoebe Castro has her world turned upside-down when her mom announces that she is getting remarried and that she and Phoebe will be moving to Greece. And, as if being the new girl isn't hard enough...Phoebe finds that she's the only girl without supernatural powers at a school filled with descendants of the Greek gods. Fortunately Phoebe's not easily daunted, and she rallies to become a superstar in her own right. Fun, fresh fiction that I loved. I am looking forward to the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this last year! Can't buy it on my nook, though. Not a rip off, almost completely different than Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Can't wait until I have a gift card!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) ;) :) ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story just seemed overly cliche to me. I understand that it's supposed to be a high school drama, but all of these high school food-chain/popularity pyramids are starting to get a bit old. There were a lot of really predictable scenes in this story and the characters lacked depth. I felt like their conflicts were too easily solved and often these heart-to-hearts were randomly placed. However, it was a fun read and the fact the story was set in one of the world's most beautiful countries was a big plus. The idea of mixing the present with the past also scored points in my book. Mythology is always a fun thing to play around with and the author certainly did a good job with taking Greek myths and spinning them into a story of her own. While this may have been a fun and easy read for me, I wish the book could have been longer so as to let the characters develop better. I mean, what happened to the Hades girl? Kassandra, was it? Overall, I give this book three stars.
Michele Houser More than 1 year ago
this book is very good and full of greek mythology and romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The greek gods werent derived FROM Percy Jackson. They were from myths. And the phrase "oh my gods" is what demigods say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOTS OF SWEARING, geeze take a breck no one wants to read all those profanities nor no apparent reason, This book had a lot of the sterio typical popular chain and highschool woes a little too over done if you ask me, BUT THIS BOOK WAS A GOOD LIGHT READ but the ending, i hate, how cheezy can you get! I debated alot on the rateing, light read, one star, good writing, star, realistic in a weird way, star, nice topic, one star, good and interesting with sports weavd in, star, unessessey profanitys, minus a star, wwwaaayyyy to chezy ending,Uggh, minus a star. You see my problem? Ok to read, i would only recoment this for a at the very youngest an 11 year old who has allready been exposed to the more couse swears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read for girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say right off the bat this was an awsome book. This book will have you laughing so hard. I would recamend this book to every one i know. So in shorter terms GET THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is one of my favorite books! I like that it's not ALL about love, but there's just enough so that the story is balanced... I've always liked the Percy Jackson series so this was really exciting for me to find! I would definitely recommend this!
lover-of-libros More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favs. I find Griffen extremely appealing and I this Phoebe is one of a kind. This book got me into running and now it's my favorite sport. The links to greek mythology are ingenius. Although, the beginning is a bit abrupt when it jumps into the story, it is great.
Abagail_Ree More than 1 year ago
I found Oh. My. Gods. to be a very enjoyable read. It was easy to follow, but somewhat confusing in points. Also, the ending was quite predictable. Those things aside, Oh. My. Gods. was engaging and different. You can't help but root for Phoebe along the way.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Phoebe Castro is forced to move to a Greek island after her mother decides to remarry, her life is shattered. She must leave behind her two best friends and her hopes of receiving a track scholarship to USC. To make things even worse, her stepfather, evil stepsister, and all of the residents of Serfopoula for that matter are not what one would call normal. They are all descendants of Greek gods and goddesses. Phoebe must learn to adjust to her new lifestyle and high school, all while learning about herself and finding a new path to travel. Quick, lighthearted, and bursting with Greek mythology, OH. MY. GODS. is perfect for those carefree summer days, or anytime one needs to escape to a faraway place.
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This YA novel of losing one's identity, being forced to adapt to a highly charged new emotional environment, and redefining what love and friendship mean to you is a cute, nicely thought out romp.Greek gods, we all know, are myths. Right? Well, not so much in Childs's book. She's updated the whole "gods are real" trope that's so popular in romantic fiction these days to include teens. I think the intended audience will lap this up, since it plays into adolescent exceptionalism (the illusion that we are special and unique among our fellow creatures, but unrecognized).This is Childs's first novel, and it has some first-novel-y clanks (eg, the mother and stepfather are simply not developed at all, and they're frankly badly drawn; the better solution would have been to have them not appear at all except in the main character's reports of their doings). But the main character, Phoebe, and her antagonists are all given snappy dialogue and put in situations much like the ones I remember being in during my adolescence back in the dark ages. The additional level of effort required of the author to incorporate the idea of the reality of the Greek pantheon pays off in humorous possibilities for supernatural pranking. That was fun.I think Childs will be a fun writer to watch over the next few years, as she seems to be getting good editorial advice and help. I hope she'll keep taking it and getting even better than she is now. Recommended to anyone who needs to take a vacation from serious stuff. Do not read if whimsy-challenged, or of a dour temperament.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Greek gods might not be alive and well (or at least they don't make a personal appearance) but their descendants are. Alive, that is, and living on an obscure and secluded Greek island. It's a secret, though, so don't tell anyone. That's what Phoebe Castro's mom tells her - unfortunately, not until it's too late for Phoebe to have her mother dragged off by the men in white coats. As if it wasn't bad enough that her mother's remarried, Phoebe's going to miss her senior year of high school, she has a new stepsister she's never met, her new step-dad's the principal of the only high school on the island... And all her classmates have special powers.It's light and fluffy, but there's a serious side too.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful light hearted read which is just what I needed to get back into my reading groove. Can you imagine having to start a new school filled with snooty teenagers who look down upon you just because you are not descended from a god? Welcome to Phoebe's life. I really felt sorry for Phoebe as she is dealt one whammy after another. Her mom comes back from a trip with a fiance, then announces they are moving immediately to Greece and then slams her with the revelation that her new step-dad is descended from a god as are every other person in her new school. If that is not enough to drive you away screaming then throw in a mom who is a psychologist and tries to psycho-babble you through it all.Phoebe's character was fun as were the two friends she makes in her new school. The part of the book that threw me was I was not sure who Phoebe would end up with. She started out having a crush on the uber-good looking guy who happens to also be on the track team with her but he turns out to be a jerk--or is he? Then throw in the cute, nice guy who befriends her when few other people in their school do and happens to have a crush on her. Who will she pick? You have to read the book to find out. This is the perfect book if you are looking for something to make you laugh.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took a while for me to warm up to oh. my. gods. Again, I think the small bout of whining turned me off as Phoebe's life turned upside-down. Eventually Phoebe stopped whining, and the story got immediately better and more fun. I loved the idea of godly classmates with powers, although I don't think it was fully explored in this first book. Tera Lynn Childs touched upon the different cliques, but I would have liked more interaction between them and Phoebe. It was such a charming idea - and it was a shame to not read more about it! Good thing that there is a sequel! :)I did not find the twist at the end a complete surprise. A sneaking suspicion as the story unfolded, but not sure how it might play out. Regardless, it was a very pleasant twist - and I am totally going to keep an eye out for the sequel!
bpinchot40 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book to read and has excellent detail. you should read it if you like myths and good books!
1BookNerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Gods. is really an okay book. I liked it, but I did not love it. It became boring at some parts, yet I loved the twist of the greek god descendants in it.
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I loved the characters and I loved the change of mythology in a book. I can't wait to read the next book Goddess boot Camp.
soominb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main character is Phoebe, whose father died "mysteriously" and lived with her mom...until she fell in love with a man, who is the professor of a private school in GREECE. When she moved into Greece, she felt as if nothing worse could happen to her...but there were many secrets ahead of her to be explained. Many betrayals, truths happen in this book. Recommended to teenagers.
kirathelibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Star athlete, Phoebe has had a great life. One of the best track team members, great friends, and not so bad school, things could only take a turn for the worse when her mother remarries. Forced to move to a remote Greek island where her new step-father is the principal at the school located there, Phoebe already has one strike against her. Add to that that all of the kids are related to a Greek God or Goddess, but her and it just might be a recipe for disaster. Can Phoebe find her place in her new upside-down world?