Struck by Lightning

Struck by Lightning

The Carson Phillips Journal

Book - 2012
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"Carson Phillips is at the bottom of the food chain in a high school filled with people he hates, stuck living with his depressed single mother in a small-minded town at the corner of nothing and nowhere. He has just one goal: escape to Northwestern University and a career as a hard-hitting journalist. His guidance counselor tells him that he needs to bolster his application by creating a literary magazine. Which means he needs submissions. From other students. Carson resorts to the only thing he can think of: blackmail."--Jacket flyleaf.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316232951
Characteristics: 258 p., [8] p. of plates : 22 cm


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Jan 21, 2020

For a book that didnt too much attention form the media it was funny to the BONEEE!!!!!!!!!! ,would read again if time permits me

Oct 22, 2017

I enjoyed this book as I found it quite entertaining. Colfer’s Struck By Lightning is about Carson Phillips a high-schooler who lives in Clover, a tiny town with no opportunity. His biggest dream is to escape Clover, go to his dream university Northwestern, and become a journalist. To get to Northwestern Carson has to put himself out there and make himself shine, so when the guidance councilor suggests he should make a literary magazine he has no other option but to say yes. Only problem is he needs submissions from other students. The only way Carson can get his classmates to write is to get dirt on them and blackmail them until they follow anything that he says. This book really grabbed my interest, I could barely put it down! There are lots of unexpected twists, which I love! I do not want to spoil too much, but I would rate this book a 5/5! It was gripping and emotional, I totally recommend it! @curlyhairdontcare of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Struck By Lightning is a very realistic novel about the hardships of reality. The protagonist is quite an introvert and a bit of a jerk, but he is willing to do anything to become successful, including manipulating his own classmates into helping him. This book is essentially the process of that and how that would work for him. I really wish I could say more, but all of my feelings about this book can be summed up with that paragraph: the introverted yet optimistic tone of the protagonist, the pacing, how others act around him, everything. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5, and I would recommend it only if you’re interested.
- @RhythmDragon of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeKati Aug 24, 2017

Lots of laughs!

Jul 22, 2017

Struck by Lightning was a great book. It had a lot of twists, and lots of humor in the book. The main character was a funny but stubborn at times. Chris Colfer made us picture Carson as a funny, provocative, and self-confident character. Whatever comes in his way, he shrugs it off, or charges right through it... until everything goes wrong. In order to get to his dream university Northwestern, he must write a literary magazine. He skillfully blackmails them so that they will write a piece of anything in the magazine. He discovers each of his classmates problems along the way. My favorite character in this book was Malerie. She was funny and thought she couldn't write anything, but she actually [*SPOILER*] gave Susanne Collins the idea to writing The Hunger Games, and wrote poems to her British pen pal, who changed them into songs, and is now known as Adele. The ending was very upsetting though, and I wish that Carson lived happier and found out that his friends actually cared for him. This book was an amazing book.

Dec 23, 2014

This book was amazing! I loved the humorous bits and although it may seem that the narrator is a bit cynical, it reflects the reality of high school in a way where you can just laugh off the ridiculousness of cliques. The overall message of being determined to follow your dreams is inspirational and I loved every bit of this book. Do pick it up if you're looking for a good laugh.

alys5220 Jun 13, 2014

i have read this book i relly really enjoyed it the movie wasnt as good as i thought it would be

Sep 14, 2013

I really liked this book, but the ending slightly disappointed me.

Jan 14, 2013

This book is HILARIOUS. Once again, Chris has written a masterpiece. It's clever, unique, interesting and funny.
I totally recomend for anyone over the age of 14 (there are some swears).
Can't wait for the move to come out in Canada :)


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Sep 17, 2012

this book is determined to be a hit movie and fly-off-the-shelve book! this book is sure to make you laugh and cry at the same time! it is about what is happening in the school that the teachers and staff dont know about, to dumb it down. Carson Phillips uses other students to boost his application for college in hopes that he can make it "big" in the college of his dreams, Northwestern, and become the editor of the New Yorker, in obviously, New York!


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Aug 26, 2015

"You don't get to pick where you're from, but you always have control of where you're going."


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