Book Review #22: Struck By Lighting: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer

“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 the admissions letter when disaster strikes: his guidance counselor 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.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer comes a sharp, hilarious, and deliciously dark novel about friends (and enemies), family, inspiration… and the dirt that lies just below the surface of high school.” 

I’m not exactly sure what my first impression of this book was. One of my friends mentioned it once, only giving the feedback that it was really good. Upon seeing this book in a store, I bought it promptly and devoured it soon after.

Struck By Lighting has to be one of the funniest novels I have ever read. Not necessarily of what happens in it, which is sort of tragic, but Carson’s character is hilarious. Colfer truly brings out a snarky and sarcastic personality that is almost mean, yet he makes Carson likeable and changes him so that he is a different kind of person at the end of the novel.

The ending is a bit fuzzy, as we don’t get to see the actual end (I guess if you watch the movie). That was probably my only problem with this novel, as it kind of pushed you a bit to watch the movie.

If you like Glee or are basically in a mood for a comedy that turns into something feel-good then I would recommend this novel.

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