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Struck Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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...compelling. (BCCB)

With a complex plot, several intriguing characters, and a believable future L.A., this novel should earn a spot on supernatural romance shelves. (School Library Journal)

Part apocalyptic survival fiction, part supernatural romance, this taut novel is entirely absorbing. (Horn Book)

A creative premise and developed setting with a fast, fun...plot. (Kirkus)

Bosworth's debut catches attention with vivid descriptions and a snazzy premise… (Publishers Weekly)

Cinematic! Struck builds into a massive, darkening, electric storm of a novel. (Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us)

Fast-paced and crackling with action, Bosworth's gritty saga of a lightning-kissed girl with a dangerous gift kept me rapt until its final riveting pages. Struck is a striking debut. (Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children)

The premise is wonderful . . . This story has a solid build up and a terrific ending. (Terry Brooks, author of the Word & Void series)

About the Author

Jennifer Bosworth lives in Los Angeles, California, where lightning hardly ever strikes, but when it does she takes cover. She is the writer half of a writer/director team with her husband, Ryan Bosworth. Learn more about her at

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374372837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374372835
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Bosworth is the author of "Struck." She recently escaped from Los Angeles and is now hiding out in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a couple of long-legged dogs. She won't be offended if you call her J-Boz. Everybody else does. Check out the epic book trailer for "Struck" and view Jennifer's short films at Or just Google her and see what happens.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mary@BookSwarm VINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Positive: Cults. Granted with cults, there comes a lot of religion woven throughout the story. However, it's never preachy--it's just a fact of life. The world is coming to an end. It's only logical that many people would turn to religion and, from the masses regaining (or finding) faith, an enigmatic prophet--The Prophet--emerges. He's a man with a plan, one that involves Mia and her lightning-struck self. To some, Mia can save the world. But others fear she'll end it and seek to destroy her first.

Positive: A storm is coming... There's such wonderful build-up about Mia and her potential. I wanted a lot more of Mia and her fascination and connection with lightning and I'm hoping that might evolve in the next novel. She's drawn to the lighting in sick kind of way. It calls to her and, each time she's struck, she adds another disfiguring scar to her collection. Still, she knows when a storm is coming and seeks it out. More lightning and Mia using that lightning to kick butt, please!

Positive/Wish: Jeremy's seemingly dual personalities. When Jeremy first arrives on the scene, he's been stalking Mia, standing outside of her house and staring. At one point, he even breaks into her house and stands over her with a knife. He's supposed to kill her but he can't. Despite his murderous, stalkerish ways (which I wish were a bit less...intense), Jeremy grew on me. He's mysterious (aren't they all?) but he's also sweet, once he decides not to do what he's ordered to do, and he truly cares for Mia and wants what's best for her, unlike just about everyone else in the story.

Wish: Look before you leap, Mia. Being a teen in a pretty terrible world, Mia doesn't always have the luxury of taking her time with things.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy on May 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
* I rated this as 3.5 stars on my blog. It wasn't quite a 4 star book for me, but I felt it deserved more than 3.

When I first heard about this book I was super excited to red it. It just sounded so unique and creative. Being someone who has in fact been struck by lightning, (thought indirectly) it sounded extra appealing to me. (If you want to know more about that feel free to tweet me or email me about it.) It was definitely an interesting book. I liked Mia and some of the other characters. There was a lot of religion in it, and being someone who is not religious I can say it didn't bother me. It wasn't annoyingly preachy, it was just a main part of the story. It was done very well to be honest.

Mia has a special gift though she feels like it's a curse. She doesn't really know the extent of the power she carries from the countless lightning strikes. She has different people telling her who she can and can't trust on opposing sides and she has no clue what to do. I feel like in the situation she is stuck in she really does pretty well. Yes, she makes some bad decisions, but who doesn't. She's confused and trying to take care of her mother who has basically shut down completely after the earthquake.

Jeremy is kind of stalkerish, but it's okay. He's totally hot! Really though, he is a great character. He is a bit creepy, but there is a lot of creepy weird people in this book. When you have the end of the world looking you in the face there are going to be some crazies! He has secrets that he wants to tell, but can't. Well, more he is afraid to than he can't I guess. Anyways, I can't really say much about him except I like him, and I liked him with Mia. He was always there for her when she needed him, even when she didn't know whether to trust him or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been on a great roll lately with fresh and original YA reads and this book was no different.

I loved the fact that in amid a flood of dystopian novels...this one dares to set it's plot during the actual disaster time...and right on the cusp of an apocalypse. We're thrown right into the story weeks after a massive lightening storm and resulting earthquake have made Los Angeles a frightening ghost of what it once was. Thousands are displaced..homeless and wandering the streets or living in "tent city."

As typically does happen during times of trouble...the worst of mankind finds it's way out of the darkness and into the light of day...preying upon people's fears and weaknesses and fighting for it's own agenda. Mia finds herself caught between family loyalties, staying true to herself, and looking to the larger picture and her part in it.

The Prophet is an immensely troubling and intriguing character. Psychotic and disturbed enough to put his plan into motion and powerful enough to make it happen. The seekers, with their long history, and mysterious rites fascinated me and I hope to learn more about them in the sequel. And I loved the character development of Mia and her mother and brother. They all, especially Mia, grow immensely-between the simple struggle to survive as a family and then the larger struggle to prevent The Prophet and his followers from succeeding.

The only character that I felt to be lacking was Jeremy...for the life of me I still don't understand why he kept so many secrets when speaking the truth would have made their insurmountable problems a lot more easily tackled.

All in all, though, I found this to be a compelling and unique read and can't wait for the next in the series.

NOTE: I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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