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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, d ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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Patricialogan8 It does have a tragic ending but that does not take away from Chris' talent, the content prior to that was kind of funny in a sarcastic way, IMO I…moreIt does have a tragic ending but that does not take away from Chris' talent, the content prior to that was kind of funny in a sarcastic way, IMO I think this was parallel to a combination of Chris' life and a little bit of "Kurt's" since the role was created for Chris and for those who are not familiar with "Kurt" it was the character Chris played on Glee, with a few minor differences in Glee, Obviously music and drama was the stage, in this book it is journalism, Carson is not popular with classmates he has a tell it like it is attitude with the popular kids, which is composed of jocks, and cheerleaders, much like Glee, except the kids on Glee were a little kinder, "Kurt " had a superior attitude towards the popular kids, but inside felt very insecure, he was the only openly gay kid in the school and was ridiculed for it, and was often treated to a "slushie facial",. While Glee is one of my fave shows, and "Kurt" was my fave character, that and this book proved high school sucked for most people who were not deemed popular(less)
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

“Youth is not an excuse for insanity!”

As usual, when I don’t expect much from a book, it’s when it surprises me in the most pleasant ways. Struck by Lightning was originally a screenplay and was thankfully developed into a novel written by Chris Colfer, the popular Glee actor.

The book is written in a journal format by Carson Phillips, an extremely smart and ambitious senior student who has only one aim-to get into Northwestern and leave his sad hometown through all means possible, even if i
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Okay, I'll openly admit it, I was very wary of reading this book, simply because it was written by someone from Glee and I really don't like Glee. However, I wanted a quick read so I picked this one up and gave it a go. I'll be honest and say that I'm glad I gave this book a chance - though it was pretty much what I expected, I wasn't disappointed.

Struck By Lightning is the journal of Carson Phillips, a high school senior who is determined to get into Northwestern and become a top editor. Carson
Connie Tang
Dec 02, 2012 Connie Tang rated it it was ok
I will be honest, I'm a huge fan of Chris Colfer, but I read this book trying to remain very unbiased.

For SBL the book (which by the way, the movie seems a lot better than the book and I'm extremely extremely excited for it).

This book is too obvious. It spells out exactly what the character is feeling and thinking, which makes sense for a journal-entry novel... but Carson, the main narrator also has such a remarkable clarity of how he's transformed that it's entirely too unrealistic. It rings f
Mar 24, 2013 Sabrina rated it liked it
Shelves: good-message
When I found out that Chris Colfer wrote a book:

When I read said book:

That was not what I was expecting ... at all

But that's not saying I didn't like the book; on the contrary, I found myself really enjoying Colfer's book.

What I found surprising was the main character, Carson's overall ... douchiness (for lack of better words). He was well, most definitely not Kurt Hummel! He was conceited and so arragont and simply negative.

I loved him.

He was so genuine and I could visualize Carson roaming the
Aug 13, 2015 TL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Not sure
Original read April 2013
Re-read via audiobook August 2015

Meet Carson Phillips:

He doesn't hesitate to tell people what he thinks, is hardworking and very smart/goal-oriented. He can be a douche but there's something about him as well. Maybe not quite lovable or relatable but it's there.

His inner monologues had me laughing quite a bit and rolling my eyes.

Sometimes it can be a bit harsh and if he were my friend in real life he probably would have gotten a smack from time to time.

I love that Chris
Dec 28, 2012 Lorythme rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazing
I’m sorry for all spelling mistakes as well as the grammar mistakes. I’ll correct them later. Also : SPOILER WARNING

So I got my copy of „ Struck by lightning- The Carson Philips journal” by Chris Colfer today and after aprox. 3-4 hours I finished it.

I love and adore Chris but like in my last comment I want to keep him out of the actual story, so I can judge it without problems. This was a little bit harder this time, since I knew that Carson is played by him. So all the time when I imagined Cars
Raeleen Lemay
Mar 25, 2013 Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but everything in it was way too rushed, Carson was way too cynical, and WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ENDING? LIKE WHAT, DUDE?

I just finished watching the movie, and I'd HIGHLY recommend just watching it and not reading this book, since the book is basically a written replica of the movie, and while reading the book I got that feeling, that it was basically just the movie written down. The movie was great, and it worked a lot better on screen than it did in book form.
Pingüina Fría
Jan 10, 2016 Pingüina Fría rated it liked it
El final le ha quitado una estrella completa. No, me niego a que termine así D:<
Aug 26, 2013 Vivienne rated it it was amazing
So, I should say something clever here.

It was very good. Not only the story, but the writing as well, and it's such a pleasure, because that's what you see less often when it comes to good books.

If you think you can read it in two days, think again. It's not easy to stomach the venom it contains. A venom, that's more lethal than acid, wasabi and the strongest chili pepper mixed together. It's not an exaggeration.

A lot of readers find it hard to love Carson. Well, do you really think he should be
Jan 03, 2013 Thomas rated it it was ok
Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer details Carson Phillips' struggle to gain admission to the school of his dreams: Northwestern University. He absolutely abhors everyone in his small, narrow-minded town - everyone aside from his ailing grandmother and depressed mom. When he realizes that he needs to create a literary journal to bolster his chances of acceptance, he blackmails various people from myriad social groups to write for him.

I empathized with Carson. Trust
Feb 14, 2014 Meli rated it really liked it
El final fue bastante, "¿eh?"

Es un libro muy sarcástico, muy cínico, detrás de la INMENSA dosis de esas dos cosas presentí bastante resentimiento, pero me gustó, distinto e inesperado.

Carson me resultó un poco odioso (si he de ser franca, no me extraña que todo el mundo lo odiara, pobre), pero me gustó mucho su evolución.

Y definitivamente Chris va mejorando como escritor. Además, para mí sus libros tienen un plus: mi mente los lee con su voz jaja

Reseña completa en LEE.SUEÑA.VUELA :D
Kaitlyn Carreira
May 26, 2015 Kaitlyn Carreira rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. However, I will say that my soul was crushed. My entire being was destroyed by a metaphorical wrecking ball made from the deepest, darkest evil and negativity imaginable. But to avoid spoiling it for anybody who hasn't yet read it, I won't explain why. However, despite the existential crisis I suffered, it was an AMAZING book and I would read it many, many more times.
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Let me just preface this by saying that it didn’t take me almost two months to finish this book. Quite the contrary; once I started it I finished it in about two days or so. It’s just that in my inheritantly lazy state of being, I haven’t bothered to write a review about it until now. But hey, at least I have a New Year’s Resolution for 2016!

The best way I can describe this book is what might have happened if Charlie Brown went to high school. But instead of calling himself Charlie Brown, he ha
Sean Kennedy
Dec 08, 2012 Sean Kennedy rated it it was ok
I really like Chris Colfer, and think he is immensely talented, but there is just as much to criticise and analyse with this book as there is to praise. There is some wickedly dark humour in here which I love, especially pertaining to high school, but in the end the story seems to have no purpose. I am left baffled by what Colfer was trying to achieve.

The lead character of Carson Phillips is unlikeable. Yes, I get he was an outcast in his school and that led to him getting a certain enjoyment ou
Feb 08, 2016 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
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Jun 07, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Alice by: Land of Stories
I'll be honest, I am biased towards this book simply because it's written by Chris Colfer, and in my opinion, anything to do with Chris Colfer is going to be incredible. This book does not disappoint. It's quick and easy to read; it's not claiming to be anything else either which is fantastic. The plot is so clever and original. It makes me really excited to see the film, so it definitely crosses off one of it's main functions! The writing is incredible; Chris Colfer does not shy away from his l ...more
2.5 Stars

Words that come to mind when thinking about this book: real, raw, emotional, heart-breaking, lessons learned, unfortunate and unfair. So why the 2.5 star rating? I found it hard to relate to. Reasons: I am 16 years out from my high school graduation; I never had that much angst in my teenage years; and while I loved Chris Colfer in Glee, his text and the characters within it seemed predictable .. almost as if he looked around the high school Glee set, found all of the archetypes portray
Inés Izal
Oct 08, 2015 Inés Izal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

Un gran mensaje final.
Dec 29, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it
Being a huge fan of Chris Colfer, when I heard that he was writing books I decided to check them out. I have The Land of Stories which regretfully I have yet to read (it's not catching my interest enough yet) but I just finished reading his newest book Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal based of the screenplay that he wrote. I fully expected to go into the book and be amused by it but still feeling that it was juvenile considering what it is about, but I was pleasantly surprised. W ...more
Sue Seligman
Dec 01, 2012 Sue Seligman rated it liked it
Recommends it for: high schoolers
Recommended to Sue by: saw it online
I have been an adult Gleek for many years, particularly because my daughter had always been involved in the theatre programs in and out of school. I enjoyed watching Chris Colfer's portrayal of Kurt Hummel develop over the years, and I respect him as an actor and a role model for children everywhere. Knowing that he struggled with his identity as a gay teenager, and used his struggles to effectively relate to his peers both on screen and off made me admire him even more. My cousin's son, about t ...more
Banny Carolina
“From this day on, I refuse to let anyone bring me to a point where I can't take a horrible situation and spin it into something beneficial. I will never let anyone make me feel anything I don't want to feel again or rob me of the passions that make me who I am.”

Disfruté esta lectura, me reí bastante, es entretenido y muy cortito.
Recuerdo que vi la película antes así que ya sabía el final, estaba esperando que me hiciera sentir esa misma tristeza; sin embargo solo hubo una sensación agridulc
Gabriela Pop
May 17, 2015 Gabriela Pop rated it liked it
First thing that struck me (get it,get it?Struck?No?Okay) after reading this book is just how bitter and cynical Chris Colfer is,because I have always seen him like a big ball of fluff and cuteness and joy.
Carson,as a character,though,has confused me a little.That isn't just because he's Margo Roth Spiegelman kind of mysterious,but because I had a love/hate relationship with him and still could not point out exactly how I felt about him.One sentence in,I could've sworn he'd be one of my all
Apr 23, 2016 Marine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-of-2016
Peut être que j'ai tant aimé ce livre simplement parce que je ne m'attendais pas à quelque chose de transcendant ? Je ne sais pas mais le fait est que ce livre a, je crois, ENFIN stoppé ma panne de lecture. Je connaissais l'écriture de Chris Colfer avec Le Pays des Contes et je dois dire que de le redécouvrir dans un nouveau registre a vraiment été une bonne expérience et je pense qu'il devrait continuer là dedans. Alors certes, j'ai eu du mal avec le personnage lors des 30 premières pages mais ...more
Sep 15, 2015 Irshad rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-reads
Finally I'm done with this book, Struck By Lightning.
I'll admit that I have watched the movie prior to reading this. The movie was amazing! And let me be honest, I did in fact sob at the ending. It struck me... pretty much like lightning.

The book is hilarious as the main character, Carson Phillips, has got sarcasm well bred into him. I can relate to this book as I share similar haunting experiences of high school. But I was nowhere as pessimistic as the main character. He took almost everythin
Anna Hakopian t (-_-t)
Well shit, that ending sucked for everyone.

Introducing Chris Colfer's first book after the wreckage Glee had become starting Season 4 and until it's cancellation. You will read a lot of reviews about this book being biased or unbiased because it's CHRIS COLFER. Of course, I loved his character Kurt Hummel on Glee, but this book is and isn't him at the same time. I would say I fall into the unbiased category because I am not a huge fan that sacrifices a novel for him to win the Emmy or Golden Glo
Aug 27, 2013 Darkshadow rated it really liked it
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Sen nasıl tatlı bir kitapsın öyle!

Struck By Lightning tam Chris'den beklediğim gibi bir kitaptı. Komik, eğlenceli, azıcık da duygusal. Chris Colfer'i tanımayanlar vardır belki diye söylüyorum (gerçekten var mı öyle insanlar?) kendisi Glee'de meşhur olup gözümüzün önünde bebelikten süper seksi bir adama dönüşmüş, ardından The Wishing Spell adlı ilk çocuk romanını yayımlamıştır. Aynı zamanda The Wishing Spell ilk kitabı. Sonra Struck By Li
Simay Yildiz
Sep 11, 2013 Simay Yildiz rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-i-enjoyed
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Bu yorum Zimlicious'ta yayınlanmıştır.

Pek çoğunuz gibi ben de Chris Colfer'i Glee sayesinde tanıdım. Her seferinde de "kimse oktavları onun gibi inip çıkamıyor canıııım" diye ahkam keserim. İzlediğim röportajlarından belli oluyordu yaratıcı bir insan olduğu ama her şeyin üstüne bir de iyi bir yazar olduğu hakkında hiç bir fikrim yoktu!

Tipik bir Amerikalı lise öğrencisi aslında Carson Phillips. Futbol yıldızı stereotipine uymasa da
So I've just finished this book ... and I want to begin with saying that it was completely HILARIOUS!

Sure, I was already expecting a lot, from reading it, but it still kept on surprising me a lot through-out the whole reading.

So, Carson Philip is a 17 year old boy who lives in a small (also small-minded) town, Clover. The town itself has around 9000 people in it, and he practically hate everyone, except his grandmother.

Carson write a journal. Almost everyday, for around a year. It's mostly, o
Dec 19, 2012 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
(It says I give this 5 stars but really I want to give it a 4.5)

It's heavy handed in the same sort of ways that the film is, but just like the film, it saves itself by having a lot of heart. Though the film probably had more heart, whereas I think the book was almost funnier than the film. The literary magazine entries were brilliant and as a former high school literary magazine editor I appreciated those very much. Be still my heart, seriously.

The only major criticism I have is that there are
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Chris Colfer is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor best-known for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the FOX television series "Glee".

He is also a New York Times bestselling author whose books include the first three novels in the "Land of Stories" series ("The Wishing Spell", "The Enchantress Returns" and "A Grimm Warning") as well as "Struck By Lightning: The Carson Philips Journal"
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