Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan
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How does Percy's life change in The Lightning Thief?  

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Initially, Percy has a rough life. He struggles in school due to what he believes is dyslexia. His mother is paired up with a brutal, contemptuous man nicknamed "Smelly Gabe" who treats both Percy and his mother badly. His only friend at school is Grover. He does not know the identity of his real father, or anything about him, aside from the fact that he left both him and his mother while Percy was still a baby.

The events of The Lightning Thief turn overturn Percy's preconceptions of himself. He learns he is the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea, and that his dyslexia symptoms are a result of his brain being hardwired to read ancient Greek rather than English. All of the things that made him a failure in the normal world make him perfectly normal among the other demigods. He goes on an adventure where his friendship with Grover deepens and he makes a new friend (and future love interest) in the intelligent Annabeth.

Even his home life improves: he gives his mother the head of Medusa,...

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