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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Lightning Thief

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe.

She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena - Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods."


The Lightning Thief is a fantasy novel by Rick Riordan and is the first installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

I'm going to hit you with a really unpopular opinion right away and leave it at that. I liked the movie better (only the first one though because the second movie was garbage). I liked that the characters were aged up for the movie because as a middle grade book, I found it frustrating as Percy acted his age - meaning that I thought he was a brat. Pre-teen anger is not something that I really like reading about, so I was having none of it from Percy.

Will he get better the more you go on in the series, maybe. Am I going to read the books and find out, probably not.

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