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{Aphrodite the Beauty: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams}Aphrodite the Beauty by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
Series: Goddess Girls
Published by Aladdin on August 3, 2010
Genres: Childrens, Greek Mythology, Middle School
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Source: Read for Review
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{Synopsis} – 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—persepective.

In Aphrodite the Beauty, Aphrodite, goddessgirl of love, must deal with jealousy after giving Athena a makeover. It doesn’t seem fair that the godboys pay more attention to her friend when Aphrodite is supposed to be destined for love! She also copes with a crush from an unlikely source—the nerdy Hephaestus (god of the smith)—and learns that love comes in many forms.

{My thoughts} – Aphrodite is the Goddess of love and she believes that she needs to try and match make everyone she comes across. Sometimes she gets letters from others that are from Earth seeking her assistance in helping the fall in love with their true love. But when it comes to her own love life she’s not as good at match making.

This book starts with Aphrodite convincing Athena to allow her and the others in the group to give her a make over so that guys will start to notice her. Athena agrees and they debut the make over at the next party on campus. All the boys seem to be head over heels for Athena, including Ares and that causes Aphrodite to become jealous because she is in love with Ares or thinks she is, but he hasn’t reciprocated those feelings back to her.

It turns out the Athena’s new look attracts Ares and they start chatting and meeting together. Aphrodite isn’t happy about this newly found interest with Ares and Athena and she feels betrayed and hurt by her best friend. Aren’t best friends suppose to look out for one another and not take someone else’s crush right from under their nose. This causes Aphrodite to become upset with her friend and she starts to wonder who else is really just using her and not really her friend at all. She starts to question many things and if you’d like to know the answers you will need to read the book.

I really enjoyed this book and I think that anyone that has felt betrayed by a close friend will enjoy this book. It shows that not everyone is bad and not everything is the way it at first glance appears. I enjoyed reading about how the Goddess Girls had worked through the things that had been bothering them and came to a logical conclusion of how to deal with things so as not to harm their friendship further. This was a wonderful read and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.