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3.0004235493435 out of 53.0004235493435 out of 53.0004235493435 out of 53.0004235493435 out of 53.0004235493435 out of 5 3.00 (2,361 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Colfer Narrator: Chris Colfer Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781478977285
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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.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 04chloep | 2/18/2014

    " I really liked how the author made Carson Philips, be more of a normal student. Not like the cheerleaders, or jocks. I also really liked how he made it as it was a journal. That way it was all from Carson's point of view. I also think the ending was very depressing. But there would have to be a twist in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah | 1/23/2014

    " Chris Colfer did an amazing job at pulling the reader into the book. It was well written and he had done an amazing job writing it on a level most people can read. With a reading level that is simple, he allows readers from multiple groups, education wise. The book is set up as if it was an actual dairy, so instead of chapters it is by days. He had definitely made the book more engaging to read if he plans an event to happen. Although he had chosen to make the book in a dairy format, he also made the book hard to put down because of the suspense that he leaves after each day. The character, Carson Phillips, sets a major goal for himself and he just goes after it, the whole book. The author made the ending of the book so uncalled for that really had made sense. The book end with an analogy that is really hopeful, for those that have large goals set in front of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/3/2014

    " Chris Colfer writes with an authentic teen age voice; witty snark wrapped in profanity. Highly entertaining, impossible to put down. The perfect read for the person who feels stifled by their environment or their family. A book for either sex--parents be aware it has moments of explicitness. Great themes throughout, a lot of meat for book clubs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lourdes | 12/29/2013

    " I loved it, just like the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/18/2013

    " A dark comedy with a largely unlikable character, but it is very compelling. You know that you couldn't be friends with Carson but you root for him all the same. I very much enjoyed this, and found myself laughing much more than I expected; I look forward to the film. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aoife | 12/4/2013

    " Perfection. Inspirational and honest, without all the beating around the bush. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/16/2013

    " Such a good story, but like any optimist I hated the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda | 10/24/2013

    " I can't stop crying,... the ending... Total plot twist... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 9/26/2013

    " Sad as hell, but inspirational at the same time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya Martinez | 7/10/2013

    " love it. i saw the movie before i read the book(yes on movies on demand). its a lot better to watch the movie then read the book because you can visulized it better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 6/20/2013

    " This book took me back to my own high school days, and made them seem more bearable. Chris Colder managed to capture many of my own thoughts about my high school "peers", while making me laugh at his character's wit and snark. By the end, I was rooting for Carson, right down to the last page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lectus | 4/20/2013

    " Definitely not my type of humor. I couldn't finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/15/2013

    " Interesting to read something that was a screenplay first. I think that was a better genre for it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobbi | 12/6/2012

    " I love Chris Colfer but wasn't crazy about this book. Obviously for a younger audience. I'd still like to see the movie, this might be one case when the movie is better than the book. "

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