Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Weight: 420 g
Medusa is the ultimate mean girl in this series that blends modern drama with ancient myths.
Well researched and true to the original myths, each volume in the Goddess Girls series addresses contemporary issues, like friendships and relationships, from a classically accurate—and entertaining—perspective.
In Medusa the Mean, Medusa is sick and tired of being the only mortal at Mount Olympus Academy. Not only is she surrounded by beautiful, powerful, immortal classmates, but she also has snakes for hair and a reputation for being mean. Immortality, she thinks, will solve everything. So when she finds out about a necklace that promises just that, she's sure it will help her get the two things she covets most: to be as popular as the four Goddess Girls and to have her supercrush, Poseidon, finally notice her. But when the necklace brings about popularity in the totally wrong way, things go from bad to worse. Can Medusa overcome her “meanie” status and prove that there's more to her that meets the eye?
This gives a lot of backstory to the "mean girl" of the Mount Olympus Academy, which I found enjoyable. The reason(s) for her meanness gives a slightly different perspective on what might normally be seen as a "villainess" of the series. I think that there is both the obvious moral of "try to see through another's eyes" and a more subtle question about if "being direct" is a good thing or a bad thing. I admit, I almost didn't read this one, as I don't in general care for the snippets I've seen of Medusa in other books, but I did enjoy the book and found some sympathy for MOA's Queen of Mean.
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