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Teen Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

My name is Jayne. I’m fourteen. I go to CAPA for Visual Arts, but I love to write so much more. Creative writing has been apart of my life for so long now; I feel lost without it. I’m obsessed with everything British, Beatles, Tim Burton movies, and Harry Potter. Oh and cats! I hope you love what I review and I hope you comment and tell me what I could do better. Anyway, thanks for reading!

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Struck was a difficult read and it wasn’t because of the writing. The writing was terrific. It was Bosworth’s premise. Struck was about a girl named Mia Price. She lives in Los Angeles with her brother, Parker, and their mother. They moved to Los Angeles because Mia is a lightning addict. That’s right, a lightning addict. She feeds on being struck by lightning, hence the title. Tragedy strikes in LA and an earthquake takes out most of Downtown La. All skyscrapers are taken down, except for one. The Tower.

At school, Mia and Parker are being talked to about a man called Rance Ridley. He has his own show, The Hour of Light. He is to be known as the Prophet. He is telling all of Los Angeles that God will make a storm that will be even worse than the earthquake. Then there are the Seekers, who is run by Mia’s English teacher. Don’t forget Katrina, the goth girl who is also a leader. She catches Mia in the girls’ bathroom trying to be recruited by Rachel, now a follower of the Prophet.

Then a mysterious child named Jeremy (who’s a teenager) is the Clark Kent in this story. He may be a nerd, but he may be a super hero underneath. He claims to know Mia and how she has been affected by lightning in the other cities she’s lived in before LA.

The reason why I found this difficult to read was because it kept referencing the apocalyptic cliches. For instance, “God will save you if you sell your soul to him.” I am not the type of person who can take a lot of that banter and all, but if you like that type of thing, you’ll love this book.

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