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Stylistically this book doesn't work.
Despite my criticism, I liked the characters and the storyline well enough. This could be a better book with a strong edit and rewrite.
This is definetely one of the best books I've read, even though Colfer is just starting as a writer (SBL being his second novel), it is great, personally I am highly related with "Carson Phillips" (this book's main character), but besides the connection I made with the book I strongly recommend it because it has a great story and it also teaches many things about life, high school, people, etc...
If you are a teen looking for a good story or a parent looking for some enjoyable reading that also leaves something on your mind to think about and later apply to life, this is the book for it.
It came very well packaged in a very secure cardboard box basically made for the book and it arrived way before expected so amazon and Chris Colfer both made their part which satisfied me 100% Don't think twice and buy it!!!
Also heard in an interview that he wrote this in two weeks. Despite it being a supplement to his film, this novel would stand alone very well. Highly recommended, inspirational, emotional and moving read.
I haven't seen the film, and I've been told you get a warmer view of Carson in it, but as far as his journal is concerned, you see a very self-absorbed and arrogant teenager, happily exploiting others through slut-shaming, threatening to out gay kids, etc. He makes fun of his best friend, Malorie, too, because she's a little unusual. That said, everyone he does bad things to have done bad things to him (other than Malorie, actually).
And most people can identify with his plight. He feels stuck somewhere where his dreams don't fit and he is doing everything he can think of to escape. He may not be a role model for how people should behave towards others, but when it comes to single-mindedly chasing ambition, a lot of us could learn something from the young Mr Phillips.
Having read this, I'm just dying to see the film when it is released.
The book is a serious accomplishment.