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Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Brilliantly funny, insightful, dark high school tragicomedy.

Book Chris Colfer Humor 2012
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+


This is a hilarious book about a boy trying to get into college
age 11+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

TV star and bestselling middle-grade author Chris Colfer adds to his stature as a multidimensional artist with the snarky, sardonic, profane, poignant STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. The novel brilliantly evokes the sense of being trapped in the wrong place when you know the right place is just within reach. While it cleverly mocks the cultural brain death of Carson's hometown and the toxic nastiness of high school culture, it also raises thought-provoking issues and imparts insights as its hero grows reluctantly wiser.

Book Details

  • Author: Chris Colfer
  • Genre: Humor
  • Topics: Friendship , High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: November 20, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 15 - 18
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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