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 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.
Audible is a life-enhancing channel, depending, of course, on choosing mind-enriching books. I mix them up, but even trash can be good.
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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