The Song of Achilles: A Four Star Review

I have so many thoughts floating around my mind regarding this book, yet somehow, every time I sit down to write them out, my mind goes blank. Suffice to say, I loved this story, so let’s give it a try.

I’m not really sure anyway if I can put into words the exact feelings I got from these characters and this plot. It’s a story I know, not particularly well but I’ve heard it in bits and pieces, generalized in mythological book after book as a mere moment in time, a backdrop to a more important story.

But this book. This brings it back to the spotlight where it belongs. Not just the Trojan War, but the story of Achilles in particular. And it brings to light a story I have thus far heard very little of: the story of Patroclus.

To be perfectly honest, Patroclus makes the book worth reading. His POV is what makes this a beautiful tale and an unforgettable one. His kind spirit and honesty and his view of the world and the people within it are shining star of this book.

Achilles, on the other hand… meh, I’ll take him or leave him. I didn’t care for him so much once the story wore on, and I got to the point eventually where I was rooting for Patroclus to get out of there and live his best life on his own, with his female, non-toxic bestie, but alas, we all (or most of us) know how this story ends. And I, unfortunately, cannot always have what I want. (Cue the tears.)

That said, I think the writing of Achilles truly encompasses the spirit of Greek mythology and the typical male Greek hero. Which is not in itself a bad thing. (It was the other bad things that made me wince.)

I did, however, truly enjoy The Song of Achilles for the most part, and this is in no way meant to be me bashing it. (See the four star rating? I’m no hater. I’m a fan!) I just do not understand the love for Achilles himself. He is rather unflattering and ultimately somewhat unlikable for me. The book on the other hand: super likable, super lovely, and not quite what I expected and that makes me happy.

If you made it this far… phew! You’re a trooper! Thanks for hanging in there and reading my little rants. You’re wonderful. And if you’re looking for your next read, don’t be afraid to go give my own YA thrillers a little peek right here!

I’ll see you very, very soon for my next review!

Have you read The Song of Achilles? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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