Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal
Carson Phillips is at the bottom of the food chain in a high school filled with people he hates, stuck living with his depressed single mother in a small-minded town at the corner of nothing and nowhere. He has just one goal: escape to Northwestern University and a career as a hard-hitting journalist. He can practically smell the ink on the admissions letter when disaster strikes: his guidance counsellor tells him that he needs to bolster his application by creating a literary magazine. Which means he needs submissions. From other students. With seventeen years of animosity standing between him and his dreams, Carson resorts to the only thing he can think of: blackmail. After all, desperate times call for desperate measures, and everyone has a secret they'd do anything to hide.