Here is the beginning of my list of books written by Chris Colfer.
Outcast high school senior Carson Phillips blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary magazine to bolster his college application; his goal in life is to get into Northwestern and eventually become the editor of The New Yorker.
For reasons I won’t go into, it took me longer to get around to this book then it should have. I’m glad I finally did because this story is hilarious. Chris Colfer seriously needs his own Netflix comedy special (everyone else seems to have one). There is a lot of cursing involved but you get used to it.
Some might say that Carson is self-absorbed and intolerant, and he is at times but that’s not the point I’m trying to make. I think the reason no one likes him is because he’s constantly pointing out that he’s smarter than them and can actually make something for himself, and since people don’t like to be reminded that they’ll probably do nothing with their lives, they try to bring people like Carson down. I honestly liked how Carson was never afraid to say what he felt and would call people on their bull. Instead of sounding whiny, his criticism is actually funny (unlike other unhappy teens from other books I’ve read). He doesn’t just sit around complaining about how hard his life it, Carson is actually trying to get out of his boring town and make his life better.
I have no idea if any of the stereotypical high school teens featured in this book exist in real life or if I went to school with anyone like them, mostly because there were over 1,000 students and I hardly acknowledge anyone around me.
I’m going to give you a bit of a spoiler: the ending sucks. Mostly because the title gives it away. On the plus side, the contents of the literary magazine are included and yes, the poem on page 19 of the magazine is about what you think it is.
The thing that really confuses me is that the movie Struck by Lightningworld premiered before the young adult novelStruck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, based on Chris Colfer’s original screenplay, was published.It’s weird when the movie comes before the book, usually it’s the other way around.
Even though the dialogue in the book and the movie are practically word for word, I still recommend checking out both; the book because it goes into more detail and the movie because you get to watch Chris Colfer and Rebel Wilson interact with each other.
Click the YouTube link below to see the movie trailer:
This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Pencils
You can write about 45,000 words with an average pencil.