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Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal | [Chris Colfer]

Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal

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.
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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

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    diane Belleville, Illinois, United States 07-05-14
    diane Belleville, Illinois, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2003
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    "I hated the ending!"

    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.

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    Lorene 01-04-13
    Lorene 01-04-13
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    "Made me laugh alot"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    Have you listened to any of Chris Colfer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is a great reader and can get a smart comment out there that will leave you laughing out loud


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes the Black Mailing of the school. hehe


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    Nick Kelowna, BC, Canada 12-27-12
    Nick Kelowna, BC, Canada 12-27-12
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    "A fantastic read"
    What did you love best about Struck by Lightning?

    The book is smart and very witty and truly keeps your interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carson is of course my favourite character because of his wit and intelligence.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Colfer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to another of his audio performances but I am a big fan of his acting on Glee.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot at the main character's very witty assessments of his school peers.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    C Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-06-12
    C Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-06-12
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    "An excellent, heartbreaking story."
    Where does Struck by Lightning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favorite, by far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Chris Colfer’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Susan Mather San Francisco 12-05-12
    Susan Mather San Francisco 12-05-12 Member Since 2010

    Good books and peaceful days...

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    "A Big New Talent Right Here at Audible first!"

    Be in on the very beginning of author & narrator, Chris Colfer's debut book, which has also been scooped up by Hollywood - both of them, to be the Star of his own book, first book, no less! A very bright high school kid who learns how to manipulate his otherwise non-literary co-students, esp a few of the more popular kids who have secrets to hide, secrets that they'll do anything to make sure they stay hidden -- even if it means writing an article for this 'unpopular' kid's Literary Magazine. Why is he so driven to break his own code of ethics? Because he'll do anything to get into Northwestern so he can get away from these people who've bullied him so long AND, more so, to work his way up to becoming a writer for The New Yorker magazine, a mag most his schoolmates haven't yet heard of. Another great find at Audible, which made it possible w/it's Exchange Program (I.e., you don't have to be stuck with a book you don't like; you can now exchange your old choice with a better one. Thanks Audible!)

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