Struck by Lightning – Chris Colfer

Life comes at you fast. It hits you and tries to escape and be expressed in any way possible. 

In a way, it’s a lot like… lightning.

Carson Phillips is at the bottom of the food chain in a high school filled with people he hates, stuck living with his depressed single mother in a small-minded town at the corner of nothing and nowhere. He has just one goal: escape to Northwestern University and a career as a hard hitting journalist.

He can practically smell the ink on his admissions letter when disaster strikes: his guidance counsellor tells him that he needs to bolster his application by creating a literary magazine. Which means he needs submissions. from other students.

With seventeen years of animosity standing between him and his dreams, Carson resorts to the only thing he can think of: blackmail. After all, desperate times call for desperate measures, and everyone has a secret they’d do anything to hide.

Rating: 4/5 – A brilliant story with a great message towards the end. 

I’ve been looking out for this book for a while now – one of my freinds is a fan of Chris Colfer, and I wanted to see how he was as an author, as it turns out, he’s actually rather good! About half way through, I wanted to give up, and the ending was a little sudden, but overall it was an outstanding book.

I really related with Carson’s character. Loved the snarky, witty comments used – the one about shoe size and IQ went into my English work.

I liked that the literary magazine was included. I read a lot of it aloud to my friends, most of it mad ethem laugh, especially the poem about a penis and the ‘3D Lives’ article.

Speaking of which, the book had great humour. I found myself giggling away rather often.

I would like to see the movie adaptation sometime, too. That’s just how much I liked the book.

As with all the books so far, I would recommend this book!


~ by exogenetic on October 1, 2013.

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