: Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal ( ): Chris Colfer: Books. “Glee” star Chris Colfer, who wrote and stars in the new film “Struck by Lightning,” out in theaters Friday, shared his experience about the. Carson Phillips: Because a life without meaning, without drive, without focus, without goals or dreams isn’t a life worth living. Life comes at you fast.

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Protagonist Carson is very well read and quite superior about it. One of the book’s running jokes involves identifying the literary works that one of the characters plagiarizes, including Moby-Dick and A Tale of Two Cities.

He also includes a lot of mathematical equations. While there’s plenty of snarky cynicism and some messages about the futility of striving, there are also positive messages about seeing things from other people’s viewpoints and having some compassion for what they’re dealing with.

Carson isn’t always the most laudable character when it comes to single-minded pursuit of his goals, to the exclusion of the effects on anyone else. But his love for his grandmother and his relentless determination to be what he ought to be, which doesn’t exist in his hometown, are appealing and positive. Ditto his refusal to be beaten down colfdr peer pressure.

His growing ability to be kind and even form friendships is real but not overdone. As Carson discovers, various characters are having sex with one another in sometimes-unlikely combinations that would get them in big trouble if they were discovered, which makes them easy blackmail fodder. The moments of discovery are often hilarious, crude, and slightly grotesque. Carson himself doesn’t see much point in sex, since he has yet to see a positive example of a sexual relationship.

Chris Colfer based the book on his own screenplay for the movie Struck by Lightning. The book includes a collection of stills from the movie, and the cover promotes the film. The book itself also includes many references to commercial products and pop icons, from Pepto-Bismol to The Hunger Games to Adele to Gleebut in context it’s more about snide humor or scene-setting than product placement.

Carson’s mother is perpetually wasted on alcohol and prescription drugs, which is both comic and horrific at different moments but never an inducement to try the lifestyle. One of the teens is a serious stoner, which is sometimes played for laughs. A discussion of kids being overmedicated for ADD leads to an unwelcome discovery.


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It’s hilarious, brilliantly satirical, and tragicomically dark as it nails the pure toxicity of high-school culture in a dead-end small town. There’s also drinking and teen drug use. Add your rating See all 2 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 4 kid reviews.

Chris Colfer: Carson Phillips

Carson Phillips lives in strick dead-end town with his mother, who’s spent the last decade getting depressed, drinking, and popping pills. The only thing that’s kept Carson sane for 17 years is his lifelong determination to go to Northwestern University and ultimately be editor of The New Yorker. This vision sustains him through a lifetime at the bottom of his peers’ pecking colferr.

Then, suddenly, his admission to Northwestern seems to hinge on his ability to publish a literary magazine, and he must get all the classmates who hate him to write for it. What’s a boy to do? Blackmail them into it — and there’s plenty of dirt to dish. 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 lightninh death of Carson’s hometown and the toxic nastiness of high school strhck, it also raises thought-provoking issues and imparts insights as its hero grows reluctantly wiser.

Families can talk about the culture of their own teens’ high school. Etruck it like the one depicted here? What are the similarities? What other high school stories that you’ve read or seen in movies ring true to your experience? How do the characters’ contributions to the literary magazine show sides of them that Carson seems not to have noticed?

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this book. It’s a rare page that doesn’t have “s–t,” “f–k,” “ass,” etc. Continue reading Show less. Stay up curis date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Parent of a 6 year old Written by Duggarfarm December 21, Adult Written by DualApocoalypse September 23, Hilarious This is a hilarious book about a boy trying to get into college.

I read this book and I thought it was ve Teen, 14 years old Written by 8rebel24 December 28, Older teens will love it! Bj perfect, dark comedy told from the point of view of a sarcastic, cynical teenage boy. Chris Colfer amazes with this darkly funny story about a young man despe Is it any good?

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