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Struck by Lightning

The Carson Phillips Journal
Narrated by: Chris Colfer
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (180 ratings)

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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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Beautiful

I loved this book it was the beautiful story that is true for many I would recommend this to everyone I know and this book deserves a five star rating because it is amazing and I feel like Chris makes the character become real

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  • diane
  • Belleville, Illinois, United States
  • 07-05-14

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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A funny, and meaningful story. With unexpected events.

I laughed so hard at the jokes, and sat there listening to the story go on with anticipation. I don’t normally read/listen to books for then once, sense I already know the story, but this definitely is a book I will listen to multiple times. I’ve been a fan of Chris Colfer’s other books such as his “The Land Of Stories” series, so I was already well aquatinted with his writing style, but Chris surprises me with every book he writes. This book had such a great feeling to it, with a surprising ending. I haven’t seen the movie version of this, and I’m glad I haven’t, and that I listened to the book first. Although throughout the whole story it gives off a sarcastic, and humorous vibe, there were some parts where I unexpectedly got teary eyed. I didn’t expect how much I would have loved the character Carson Phillips, but I ended up loving the character development and personality. If you are a fan of Chris Colfer, like writing, a smart ass (like me), or simply are just very sarcastic you will love this book. This book was inspirational, even when it didn’t sound like it was. I rate this 5/5 because of all the times I had to pause it and laugh out loud. Because of all the times where I took one line to heart. And because of the times where I couldn’t help but see me in Carson’s shoes. Enjoy the book, you won’t regret listening to this story.

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Light and entertaining

Just plain, good, fun book. Loved that it was narrated by the author, Chris Colfur

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  • Julie
  • Colorado, USA
  • 11-28-17

so funny and just a great story and i love it over

it was the the most amazing book. funny jokes and i dose not heart that i love the writer.

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I loved it

I loved this book.i think it was well written,this is my first time reading one of his books and I was surprised I'm a huge fan of him on glee too... well done Kurt well done❤

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Struck a chord in me

Entertaining and enlightening story about life and its struggles, that epitomizes that even if you don't succeed, that doesn't mean that that is a reason to give up.

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I love you Chris. AWESOME STORY

I looooved it. Chris, Kurt is my absolute favorite character on Glee. Well done, Chris. This book gave me hope.

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Absolute fun read

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.

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Good book

What made the experience of listening to Struck by Lightning the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Struck by Lightning?

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.