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Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal Hardcover – November 20, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316232951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316232951
  • ASIN: 0316232955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, and The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns.

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Chris Colfer is an amazing writer as well as singer.
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Carson is a character you want to keep reading more of, his stories are interesting from start to end which makes it a breeze to read.
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I read this book so quickly, I couldn't put it down!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Les Diva on November 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
So...I finished reading Struck by lightning. It is hard to find the right words to describe my feelings right now. I will still try to write a little review, though.

Again, Chris Colfer really amazed me. This story is about Carson Phillips, an outcast because he is different, stuck in an little town, desperately wanting to get out of there...he sure isn't perfect, in fact he is a prick sometimes. But still...he is full of dreams and is ready to do almost everything to reach his goal. No matter what. He fights for it. With Carson, Chris created a character who shows that everyone is able to dream, one just has to find themself, find something to fight for. Sure, that isn't easy. But if you trust yourself, trust your heart, you can do it. You just have to crack that nutshell around you, everyone else telling you what you can't do, everyone who hurt you and everyone who did you wrong trapped you in and...fly. Loving and accepting yourself, knowing it is ok to be you and show it, is an great start to do it. I personaly loved one passage in the book:

Like having a great idea, life comes at you fast. It hits you and tries to escape and be expressed in anyway possible. In a way it is a lot like...lightning.

So...what did `Struck by lightning' show me? What did it inspire me to do? A good question. I think...it inspired me to try and accept myself a little more every day, to actually get to know myself more. And who knows...maybe I will some day find my own dream and fly, even if that day seems to be so far away right now. And if that should ever happen, Chris Colfer will have done a lot to make it happen, without even knowing it. So I am saying THANK YOU, Chris. Thank you for being so amazingly talented, being such an inspiration, for...just being you. Please...never stop to fly.

Greetings, Meike
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alicia McMahon on February 26, 2013
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Purchased for my 12 year old daughter who is a huge Glee fan. She devoured this book, it is well written and for the most part, age appropriate. There is some adult content but it is not at all graphic, and for the most part, implied. if your child watches Glee, the book is much more tame. I also recommend Chris Colfer's other book, Land of Stories.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Manningstar on November 21, 2012
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Overall I found this an easy read and very enjoyable. The main character is very sympathetic even though it is quite clear he is not the most likable character. He is fleshed out and quite in depth while the other characters are not, though that makes sense as this is all written from his own perspective. Although the book is quite funny and witty throughout, my overall impression, especially at the end was more sad and longing than it was hopeful. I finally felt like I really wanted this character to succeed and it seems like everything and everyone is so against him. I do always find that is the hallmark of a great piece of fiction - if it truly makes me feel strongly - even if that feeling is sadness.

I liked the observations and insight - both the earnest ones and the witty ones. A few times it seemed like the main character was getting almost preachy, but he then calls himself out on that and goes back to being a bit of a jerk, so it never seems too forced. There were a few times when a metaphor seemed awkward, but even those were always interesting, so I didn't mind it.

While I am sure the overall story as well as its details are entirely fictional, it is very interesting to see a character that is so angry and uses his anger as a way to fuel his drive and ambition to make something of himself and to compare that to the author's own story of getting out of a small and constricting town and achieving great things.

I will say there is a lot of cursing throughout the book. That's no problem for me as an adult and it probably makes it appealing to the young adult crowd, too, but it might be good for people to know this ahead of time if they are concerned about what their children might be reading.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hallett on November 21, 2012
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I have just finished this book, I found I couldn't put it down. This is the story of a person who refuses to give up on his dreams no matter what life throws at him. A book that is hilarious in parts, as well as sad, I loved the characters.

It is a great insight into a young person's life, dreams and disappointments. This was a book that showed the strength of a young man who against many odds did not give up on his dreams, even when he felt most vulnerable and in turn he learnt more about himself and about the dreams and flaws of others and in this it gave him a greater perspective on life.

Chris can I say, don't ever stop writing, you are an incredible young man, who will go so far. You are such an inspiration to so many for just being yourself and I feel there is nothing that will stop you achieving whatever you wish to do in your life.

Kindest regards,
Chris Hallett
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Makenzie Harrison on March 7, 2013
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As a sophomore in high school and an aspiring journalist, this book has left me breathless and inspired. After watching the movie and reading the book, I felt so inspired and ecstatic for my future, just as Carson expresses throughout the entire novel. This book not only inspires, but teaches great inner strength and self confidence through awful experiences. I applaud Chris Colfer and all of his work. Thank you sir, for doing just as Carson did, and inspiring others to write while writing yourself. I am truly inspired.
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