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Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal

Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal - Chris Colfer The book is written in the form of a journal and it starts with Carson telling a bit about his life, his past, his goals for the future and high school. Carson does not like his classmates at all and looks down on them, believing himself to be superior to them. Carson’s goal is to get into Northwestern and become the editor of the New Yorker and much of what he does is driven by his goals.Carson is very much of an ass and his character at times can be annoying. What disappointed me in the book was that Carson hated and looked down at his peers but was yet so hopeful that he would get new members in the Writer’s Club and get admissions for his literary magazine by some miracle. It seemed very conflicting to me that he still kept that little ball of hope inside of him and maintained that attitude towards his peers. I was disappointed that the character development did not last until the end. You think Carson changed his attitude a little but then realise, he hasn’t really changed that much. Though I did enjoy the parts with his Grandma and Malerie, I felt like they humanised him more and brought out the other more sympathetic side of him so at least we got to see another side of him.The part where we got to read the submissions of the literary magazine was a very interesting component, although the submissions were quite obvious because of who wrote them, it was an interactive part of the story which I enjoyed. The side characters were very one dimensional at first but I loved how Colfer was able to bring the more vulnerable side of them, it was executed quite well. You realise that there is so much more to being the popular cheerleader or the goth etc.I feel very guilty actually for having watched the movie first before reading the book because the book is always better than the movie but in this case, I don’t think it applies because Colfer also produced, starred and wrote the movie. Both the book and the movie have their good points and their bad points. I think Colfer was able to demonstrate what was important in the story in either the book or the movie quite well. I highly recommend watching the movie as there are some parts that were not included in the book and are in the movie and if you’ve watched the movie, read the book.It was a well-written book but I don’t think it’s a book I would reread, I’m a bit iffy about some parts of the book and those parts were quite disappointing.Review originally written at Gypsy Reviews