Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal follows the story of outcast high-school senior Carson Phillips who blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary journal to bolster his college application; his goal in life is to get into Northwestern and eventually become the editor of The New Yorker.
At once laugh-out-loud funny, deliciously dark, and remarkably smart, Struck by Lightning unearths the dirt that lies just below the surface of high school.
The film Stuck by Lightning is set to be released by Tribeca Film later this year and features Colfer's own original screenplay. Colfer also stars in the film alongside Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland, and Polly Bergen.
©2012 Chris Colfer (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I listened with great enjoyment and interest to this tape. While listening I looked up the author's other books, I thought about recommending it to some kids I know and compared it to "The Perks of Being a Wall Flower",until the end. I'm not enough of a literary critic to know if the ending was powerful or not, but the first thing that came to mind was the movie ending of one of my favorite plays "The Bad Seed". If you read the book or see the play you get one ending, if you watch the movie you get another. I feel like we got the movie ending here and it almost ruined the book for me.
I will admit I only listened to the book after I saw the movie and even then it was because I love Chris Colfer. It was love at first sight and the audio was just as great as he was the narrator. Chris Colfer brings the characters to life just as he did in the movie. The sarcastic comments were just biting and the humorous moments were just as funny. I look forward to reading/ listening to many more of his stories.
I laughed a LOT during this book. It was a combination of the dialog AND the narration that made it so funny. Without the narration, I don't think it would have been as funny. Chris' inflections made the dialog work so much better.
There were many great moments in the book. I have to say the ending is the most memorable because it is shocking and surprising. I won't say any more than that.
I read this book after watching the movie. I think that it was performed amazingly although I didn't love the ending. I definitely recommend this book but to also watch the movie because the movie gives you insight into what happens to other people in the story. Five stars!
Quite different from Colfer's subsequent books, but excellent nonetheless. The tone was fantastic, and Colfer's narration is always on point. I saw the movie before I read the book, and it's clear just how well-adapted the film was. The characters jump off the page, and it's not hard to find something you like about each one of them.
I liked it all but the end. It left me wanting more. Not sure if this is going to be a series, but I hope so
He is a great reader and can get a smart comment out there that will leave you laughing out loud
Yes the Black Mailing of the school. hehe
The book is smart and very witty and truly keeps your interest.
Carson is of course my favourite character because of his wit and intelligence.
I haven't listened to another of his audio performances but I am a big fan of his acting on Glee.
I laughed a lot at the main character's very witty assessments of his school peers.
I love this book and can't recommend it enough! I Will also go see the movie when it comes out. I hope Chris writes more because he is clearly talented.
My favorite, by far.
Carson's snarkiness was an amazing touch. Things would happen that, in most books, would spark a monologue from the main character complaining (and I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it can be done very well), but Carson would typically just let it roll off his back with a comment that would send the other character walking away with their tail between their legs.
There was a unique voice for each character. I've seen the movie, as well, and he was spot on for most of the voices! I'm in awe.
I was in tears at the end - I don't think it's possible to NOT cry - but beside that, when Carson is in the journalism classroom with all of the students, letting them know that he's blackmailing them to write in his literary journal, he had a very vulnerable moment which was a side that really hadn't been shown yet. He says that he hate showing a vulnerable side, and it's something that many people can identify with.
While some of the writing could be improved (such as 'he said' 'she said' which is a very common problem in both this and his first book), the creativity and emotion behind the story is just perfect.
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