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Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  8,494 ratings  ·  1,151 reviews
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, del
ebook, 256 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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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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Raeleen Lemay
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.
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
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
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
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
Sean Kennedy
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
Kaitlyn Carreira
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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Jun 07, 2015 Alice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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

Un gran mensaje final.
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Gabriela Pop
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
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
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
Anna Hakopian
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
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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
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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
(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
Emily Stringham
This easily jumped up to take the spot of my 'favorite book'. It's cynical, sarcastic, and brutally honest. It puts high school into perspective- and, in doing so, makes some profound statements about the education system. "... elementary school, aka the first place they try to brainwash you in a small town." (6) "Can I please just say that it has been scientifically proven that teenagers learn and test better when they go to school later in the day? Which I suppose would be taken into considera ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

My high school was never this interesting.

I’ve never watched Glee and I didn’t know anything about Chris Colfer before I read this book. Maybe I’ve lived under a rock, but that’s okay. When I passed this book at the store, I stopped to check it out. The title grabbed me right away. Struck by Lightning. Okay, I’ll give it a try. I’m glad I did.

Carson Phillips is the standard outcast kid with huge dreams. He’s not had the best start in
Brynn Hoffman
This book was a nice, fairly short read, but it was also a very unique story. I had heard of the author, Chris Colfer and seen him on the show Glee, which I enjoy watching, but I wasn't sure if this book would be a success. After reading it though, I was very surprised at how good of an author he was. Overall, I thought that this book was unique, different, and very entertaining.

It's about a boy named Carson Phillips who is sort of a bitter person who has very sarcastic thoughts and says very w
I'll admit it, I LOVE Chris Colfer and I LOVED SBL when I saw it in July. So I was VERY excited for this to come out (The amount of times my mom has had to endure me talking about everything Chris Colfer is sad, really. :P)

Honestly my only complaint about it is the scenes I LOVED in the book that I wanted to be in the movie but weren't. And some of the information in the book doesn't fit in with the movie, but it can be ignored very easily.

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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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