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

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  14,933 Ratings  ·  506 Reviews
Jess Mastriani has always had a talent for trouble. Instead of cheerleading, she prefers fistfights with the football team and the subsequent detentions that come with it. But one night, during a long walk home in a thunderstorm, she aquires a new talent - one that can be used for both good and evil.
Published July 5th 2004 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published February 27th 2001)
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Santy i think if they have read divergent and the hunger games that they can definitely read this book because it is no where near as scary as those books.…morei think if they have read divergent and the hunger games that they can definitely read this book because it is no where near as scary as those books. i would even recommend it for yr 4 readers. (less)
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May 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ana Paula Lelis
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It was a very good surprise. I really like Meg Cabot's books but it's always romance/chick lits and that's her first paranormal book I read and I loved it a lot. It has everything that I think a book needs to be good and I can't wait to read the other books from this series. If you want a fantasy book written in a simple and fun way I definitely recommen this book for you.
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy, fya
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
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I liked Jess and seeing how see got herself out of trouble. I enjoyed the humor and shenanigans with the government. I can't wait to continue on with the series to find out how Jess continues to handle her power.
V patnácti by se mi to asi líbilo mnohem víc, ale jako oddechovka dobrý :)
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
Ashley Ehlers
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters:

I've been wanting this one for a while and I'm glad I got it when I saw it on the shelf in a Barnes and Noble store.

Everything the concept says is my cup of tea. However, I felt the need to know more of her physic powers. Deeper into her second sight instead of the vagueness we get. I wanted to be in her dreams with her, instead of her just telling us what she's dreamt, you know what I mean?

From within the first few
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12thgrade
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
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Suzana Thompson
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm so excited that Meg Cabot has a new Mediator book out! The Lightning Girl series is still my favorite though. Maybe it's because the love interest in this one has a bit of the bad boy thing going on. Most likely it's because this book is a weird wish fulfillment fantasy for me. My fascination with lightning is obsessive enough for me to want to get as close to it as I can, and my family is always yelling at me to get back inside during a storm. So a book about a girl gaining psychic powers a ...more
K.M. Shea
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is quite possibly my favorite Meg Cabot series EVER. Jess is a hysterical, tomboy heroine, whose a bit fast with her fists, but behind all her snark she has a heart of gold. The portrayal of a small town in the midwest is spot on, and the supporting cast--Jess's family and friends--are all vividly portrayed. While Jess has psychic powers, they tend to take a back seat to the mystery presented in each book.

This is one of the few series I know where each book gets better and better, and each
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.
Sandi T.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Writing as Jenny Carrol, Meg Cabot tells us about Jess and her psychic abilities and the problems she has managing her new powers and trying to get Rob to notice her. YA chick lit with a supernatural twist, with quirky characters that are likable and funny.
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Meg opět nezklamala... :)
It was my favourite Book then and it is my favourite book now!!!
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encanto!! ame la personalidad de Jessica! :)
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good introduction to the series. Loved Jess and Rob. Ruth not so much and poor Douglas!! off to read book number two
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A pseudonym of Meg Cabot, under which she wrote the first 4 1-800-Where-R-You books (When Lightning Strikes, Code Name Cassandra, Safe House, and Sanctuary) and the first 4 Mediator books (Shadowland, Ninth Key, Reunion, and Darkest Hour). These 8 books have been re-released under her her real name.
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