“I watched to the movie, and I might want to read the book. I love this author as an actor.”Maria Iordanov wrote this review Tuesday, March 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oh my gosh. Just read it. Read this freaking book right now.”Allie ~ Where do I have to go to find a honey with a little soul? wrote this review Saturday, February 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a really interesting story. It's humorous, but it also has an intense side to it as the main character struggles with the issues of his goals and how he will reach them. The narrator development is fantastic, especially since he isn't "reliable." This makes it funnier and more laid back. Though there are some cliche descriptions of high school that most likely came out of a Disney movie rather than real life, it's worth your time to read. It illustrates the struggles of someone who is just trying to break free, and though it is slightly hard to take seriously, it's an amazing blend of a book that needs to be around for a while. ”Olivia Parvin wrote this review Thursday, February 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Can we just take a moment to appreciate Chris Colfer in general? For a book that was based on a screenplay, it was pretty dang good. ”Naomi Ward wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Struck by Lightning was not what I was expecting. It wasn't dry, and it wasn't your average coming-of-age story. Struck by Lightning was instead a fast-paced, laugh-till-you-pee, realist kind of novel. If there was a book that dramatized high school, while fitting to it perfectly, it would be this one.
After reading Colfer's middle grade book, The Land of Stories (review to come soon), I wasn't too eager to begin reading his first YA novel. Finally, after the constant pestering of a student in my government class (yes, D, I'm talking about you), I started reading...and laughing my pants off. This novel is about outcasts, the intelligent ones like Carson who remain at the bottom of the high school food chain all four years in a row. Carson hates high school, as he often tells us in his witty voice, but looks forward to college, that bright light many of us seniors use as our Northern star. While I love high school, I had to agree with the caricatures Colfer painted and the problems he addressed. At times, high school in the states does stifle our creativity and our voice, which is my personal problem with the system. It was nice to see an author finally tackle these problems without necessarily solving them. On a final note, I did notice that, while Carson is a multidimensional character, many of his adversaries fell flat and felt very two dimensional. However, I guess that is the gift when writing a novel in a journal format.
At last, while there were many aspects I loved about SBL, I had major beef with the ending. I got the feeling that Colfer ended the novel the way he did just so he could fit in those last couple, meaningful lines. Yes, it was seemingly poetic, but I felt like the novel could have ended differently as his chosen ending seemed out of place. Nevertheless Struck by Lightning was a awesome read. You should definitely pick it up if you are looking for a laugh.”
“tHE PLOT TWIST THOUGH OMG. I recommend it!!!”Sidnegirl wrote this review Wednesday, December 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing.”Sophie Brown wrote this review Friday, November 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Snarky and Fun. I thought the ending was a little abrupt, but loved it overall. Chris Colfer was an excellent narrator on the audiobook, too. ”Jessica wrote this review Friday, November 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No