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When Lightning Strikes (1-800-Where-R-You #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  13,391 ratings  ·  434 reviews
Jess Mastriani has never been what you'd call a typical Midwestern teenager—her extracurricular activities, instead of cheerleading or 4-H, include fist-fights with the football team and month-long stints in detention. A part of Jess would like to be the prom queen her mother has always envisioned her being, but another part is secretly counting the days until she's saved ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Simon Pulse (first published February 27th 2001)
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Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors, and I continue to be surprised by how well she does in such a variety of genres. This is the first in her 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series of young adult paranormals. The tone is pretty similar to that of most of Cabot's other books, and her blog - you get the definite feeling that she writes the way she speaks. When Lightning Strikes tells the story of a teen girl who is hit by lightning and acquires the ability to look at a picture of a person before bed and wa ...more
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Oh, Jess. How I forgot you were the Cabot character with violent tendencies.

Well, Suze throws a mean punch too but it’s sort of a necessity. You on the other hand…your rage is sort of funny but at the same time scary.

Not in a bad way though.

Jess is perfectly engaging. Though I did get annoyed with her world at times. There are some jokes and remarks made in this book that are eyebrow raising at best. I seriously, wanted to throw a punch at Rob Wilkins for calling Rut
I love this series. I loved it when I discovered it in my high school library (yes they do have good things mixed in there with the boring required reading!) and 10 years later I still love it.

Jess is your (relatively) average sophomore girl. Relatively, because she tends to talk with her fists.

This leads her to spending a lot of time in detention, with the kids from the other side of the tracks, known here as the "Grits". There she meets Rob Wilkins, our hot guy of the series. He rides
Haley Mathiot
I hate Meg Cabot. she is a terrible writer. she doesn't write sentinces, she writes fragments and then puts more fragments at the end to clear up what was perfectly clear in the first place. she leaves out things that are important. she doesn't describe stuff. her prose stinks. how on EARTH she became a best selling and popular author, i have no idea.


i read the first book of her series here, "When Lightning Strikes," and seriously had to read the others. i still haven't read the last book,
Mar 16, 2014 Alyssa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alyssa by: Mina_rrat
This book was given/lent to me by Mia. We exchanged books.

I thought it was interesting to read. Very different from how books are normally written. It was like reading a diary, which is almost true. Jessica is writing down her statement and this is what the book consists off. She explains everything rather detailed and thoroughly.

While reading this story I kept thinking about Mia. The main character is very down to earth. Funny but honest. Her sense of humor is much like Mia her sense of humor,
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Jessica Mastriani is a detention-lifer: not because she's a "Bad Kid", but because she isn't afraid to punch-out anyone who talks smack about her brother, her best friend, or herself. While walking home from detention with her best friend Ruth, Jessica is struck by lightning and here's where our story really begins. Thanks to that lightning strike, Jess can now locate missing persons. However, Jess learns the hard way that not everyone wants to be found and that others want her 'gift' for less a ...more
16 year old Jess Mastriani has problems: She has a crush on guy that no one close to her approves of, her brother is schizophrenic, her mother makes her wear matching dresses, and her best friend is now constantly insisting in a lot of exercise just because of one "fat" comment made towards her; oh, and on top of that, she gets hit by lightening and now every morning she wakes up knowing where missing children are located.

Jess is not your typical girl, she has a very unique personality and I do
Katie - The Literary Files
I bought the bind ups of the 1-800-Where-Are-You series a while back but never got around to starting them until this past week. Boy, let me tell you I totally regret not starting them early! Once again Meg Cabot amazes me with her great understanding of the teenage mind. If I remember correctly, I picked up Safe House (book three) years ago, but was really young when I read it. Not only did I read it out of order, but I never finished it. I'm so glad I picked up book one because this series wil ...more
Jessica's life is tough. Her older brother is schizo, so she frequently goes into fistfights with people who play jokes on him, even when they're twice as big as her. That's why she always spends her after school time in detention.
Jessica's life changes completely when a lightning strikes her and she gets a supernatural power to find missing people. She just dreams about them at night, and when she wakes up in the morning she knows exactly where they are.
Jessica calls 1-800-Where-R-U and gives t
As anyone that's been following my reviews for some time knows, I'm a fan of Meg Cabot.

I like her tough girl heroines. They're smart, sassy (and whiny), and sometimes physically violent. Jess, the protagonist of this series, has a lot in common with Suze of the Mediator series. While Suze has grown up with her gift of talking to ghosts, Jess has her gift thrust upon her by a lightening strike. When she wakes up the next morning, she knows the location of two kids that she had seen on a milk cart
Oh, Meg. Just when I thought I couldn't love anyone more than Suze Simon from the "Mediator" series, you hand me this. I love this book. Love it, love it, love it.

Why, you ask?

Let me tell you.

Firstly, our protagonist. Jess is fantastic and not just because we share a name. She kicks ass and takes names and is fierce. She also has a wit to her that I really enjoy and just isn't your run-of-the-mill lead lady. Instead of lying low and freaking out about everyone's opinion of her, Jess gets into pu
I stumbled on Meg Cabot's 1-800-Where-R-You series in the library and it really caught my interest. I have always been fascinated by mistery and fantasy books.

Th main protagonist in this book is Jess Mastriani. She is a misunderstood teen who has anger issues, according to her guidance counselor. When Jess was walking home from her daily detention, she was struck by lightning. But, she survive- she seems fine and feels fine. After the incident her life is changed forever when she wakes up the
The thing I appreciate the most here, especially as I've read more and more books in the genre, is that the author doesn't mess around with delaying movement in the story. Every time I read a book or see a tv series with a character who spends most of the time procrastinating or trying to figure out some vague vision they've had, I think of this series. The ability is simple: character goes to sleep, character wakes up knowing exactly how to find someone whose picture she looked at that day befo ...more
2.5 to 3 stars. Cabot originally wrote this as Jenny Carroll, and with good reason - it's an edgier read with more grit than her Princess Diaries and Mediator series. Her heroine, Jess, cusses, spends a lot of time in detention, and just generally likes life a little close to the edge. Jess isn't a bad girl, but she has a few bad habits. The books are obviously geared toward teens who find the Princess books a little young and want their fiction a little spicier than the Mediator books.

I've rea
Okay, I've loved Meg Cabot ever since was a "tween" and recently found this series that I never read by her. So, of course, bought this book and finished it in the same day. Let me just say that I ate it up like I would've when I was 12, but I also saw some things wrong, well not wrong per say but my view point on certain things have changed now.
Comments like "You hit hard - for a girl." that were directed at the MC and she'd be proud/happy to hear that. She liked when guys would cat-call her a
Julie Lectures D'Une Nuit
Vous l’avez peut être remarqué, mais je poste de moins en moins vu que je suis en pleine phase « phase terminale des lectures obligatoires pour les cours ». Même si je continue à lire des livres qui m’intéressent, je dois avouer que je suis vite lassée ayant déjà 2h de lecture dans les pattes (et la lassitude de ces satanés romantiques qui font trainer l’intrigue en longueur avec leurs descriptions ^^). Comme je ne veux pas laisser tomber le blog, je vais tenter de chroniquer des livres que j’ai ...more
I would say it was casual and lighthearted fare that was entertaining enough, especially given that I didn't expect anything deeper. I've never read anything by Cabot before (and I am well out of the target audience) but it was still a fun read, although not as thrilling or intriguing as I thought it might be, given the initial synopsis.

In terms of the characters, I didn't really find any offensive. Sometimes you have that character that just rubs you the wrong way, and that wasn't the case here
The first time I picked up this book I only read a couple of pages and it didn't really captivate me. However, today I read the whole thing. One might say after having just finished Paolini's "Inheritance" anything would have caught my attention (please spare yourself that read) and others would say I just didn't give it a chance the first time. I think, both suggestions are true.

Now, I'm a fan of Meg Cabot; particularly her "American Girl" books. I don't mind her writing style because it still
I have loved Meg Cabot since I was in high school and I first read The Princess Diaries. So with my love of The Princess Diaries I decided to give another shorter lived series by Meg Cabot a try, and on a personal level I have really liked it.

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This first book reminds me of the writing style of The Princess Diaries, Jess Mastriani is writing the story of what had happened to her. The events of what had caused her to be able to find missing child
Vicki ~ no time to read
I really loved this series maybe even more than the Mediator, which i know is strange because just about EVERYONE loved the Mediator series..... Anyway, i think its great that When Lightning Strikes and Code Name Cassandra (the sequel) are being rereleased as Vanished even if the new title is a bit misleading. The 1-800 books where great but not that many people know about them and i think the new title and cover will appeal to the YA audience a lot now.
Kate McCartney
Okay, maybe Cabot is really bad at writing teenage girls. I could not find anything likeable or enjoyable about her main character (similar to how i felt about her Mediator girl). the story is enjoyable and has real potential. Her main character is quick to over react and I am tired of Cabots grrrls with anger issues. While I respect a girl who can throw a mean punch and isn't afraid to take on a guy three times her size, I also really want to care what happens to her.
Kayli Jorgensen
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The premise of this book was interesting, but I felt that it lacked a punch, and was also unrealistic. The basic storyline of a teenage girl who is struck by lightning, and then dreams about where missing children are has a ton of potential, but that potential was not reached. The main plotline follows her as she is struck by lightening, and then begins to call the hotline to report missing kids she is dreaming about. Eventually, the government finds out about it, and tries to use her t
Heidi Hart
I put this series in my massive TBR queue a long, long time ago, when Sarah Wendell mentioned it on a DBSA podcast. I finally got around to starting the books on Sunday night, as my vacation was in its final hours. Today, Tuesday morning, I have finished books one and two and started book three, so I'll give Meg Cabot props for grabbing my attention.

Protagonist Jess is a high school sophomore who just wants a normal life, but she isn't normal: she has an anger management problem that keeps landi
If you love Meg Cabot's Mediator Series, you will probably enjoy When Lightning Strikes. Jess is definitely an empowered girl who really isn't willing to take crap from anyone. She is a total bad ass and does a lot of talking with her fists, but deep down she is truly a softy. While being forced to walk home in the rain, Jess is stuck by lightning, starting off a strange ability where she can find missing people. She sees a picture of a missing person and dreams about where she can find them. Th ...more
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Taylor Kuehl
When Lightning Strikes is a good book! I liked it as the parts were so interesting! A girl named Jessica is struck by lightning and then gains psychic powers. She wakes up the next morning and discovers that she can find missing people. It's mainly centered around her discovery on a young, snotty boy named Sean. Jess thought she rescued Sean from his mother (she kidnapped him). Jess only put him in more harm due to his abusive father.
I think this book is good for middle schoolers. It wasn't ha
It was my favourite Book then and it is my favourite book now!!!
Me encanto!! ame la personalidad de Jessica! :)
Projížděla jsem knihy ve čtečce a přemýšlela jsem, do které z nich bych se mohla pustit. Pak mi padl zrak na tuhle knížku, přečetla jsem si z ní pár stránek a bylo jasné, že to i dočtu. :D Knížka má totiž neuvěřitelně lehkou angličtinu, takže pokud hledáte knihu, se kterou čtení v AJ začít, rozhodně doporučuji tuhle. Navíc má i fajn příběh, je vtipná a opravdu rychle se čte. :) Tohle byla ta Meg Cabotová, kterou mám ráda. Meg Cabotová, kterou znám z Mediátora, což je série, kterou mám od ní nejr ...more
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
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1-800-Where-R-You (5 books)
  • Code Name Cassandra (1-800-Where-R-You, #2)
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