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High SchoolvCarson Phillips: "High school, society's bright idea to put oppressive, naive youth into one environment to torment and emotionally scar each other for life. We have the cheerleaders, and then the athletes, and of course, worse than detention, the writers club. I remember when I realized that I was different."
In a narration, Carson Phillips gives a quick overview of his high school experience. Carson always saw himself as different, something that was not a good thing in his eyes.
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Writers Club Homecoming FloatvCarson Phillips: "I tried selling some ad space to local businesses but I had no takers… Oh, you look like s***."
Malerie Baggs: "Why couldn't I have won something like that?"
Claire Mathews: "Okay, I don't know what you're wearing but I have some bad news. The truck pulling the cheer float's engine just died so they're taking yours."
Malerie Baggs: "Excuse me?!"
Claire Mathews: "Oh, um, my apologies but you know homecoming's nothing without the cheer float."
Carson Phillips: "Okay so go take the athlete's float away. I mean, they pride themselves on running around like mules anyway."
Claire Mathews: "My decision's final."
Malerie Baggs: "Final, well, okay, at least we had fun making it."
Carson Phillips: "No, they're gonna see this float if it kills me."
Despite getting the short end of the stick, Carson is determined to get the same amount of respect for his writers club homecoming float as the other groups receive. This however is not something that will happen on its own.
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I've Got to Get Into NorthwesternMs. Sharpton: "Welcome to career day here at the counseling center."
Carson Phillips: "I know the exact career that I want."
Ms. Sharpton: "What is it, munchkin?"
Carson Phillips: "I want to be the editor of the New Yorker and the youngest freelance journalist to be published in the New York Times, LA Times and the Chicago Tribune."
Ms. Sharpton: "Okay!"
Carson Phillips: "I've got to get into Northwestern."
Ms. Sharpton: "Never heard of it"
Carson knows what he wants to do with his life. His goals are clear. Too bad his high school guidance counselor, Ms. Sharpton, is completely clueless.
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ProgressCarson Phillips: "We print tomorrow and none of you have written anything."
Malerie Baggs: "I did collate these kitten pictures."
Carson Phillips: "Progress"
Kitten pictures wasn't quite what Carson had in mind for their literary magazine but in Malerie's benefit, it's better than nothing at all.
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A Literary MagazineMs. Sharpton: "You want to impress them you're going to have to submit something else."
Carson Phillips: "Like what?"
Ms. Sharpton: "What about a literary magazine?"
Carson Phillips: "A literary magazine?"
Ms. Sharpton: "You can inspire others to write while writing yourself."
Looking for help as to how he can impress the admissions office at Northwestern, Carson seeks guidance from Ms. Sharpton. For once, she does have a good idea. She suggests that Carson create a literary magazine.
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BlackmailCarson Phillips: "So many people to blackmail, so little time."
Malerie Baggs: "But how are we going to blackmail all of them?"
Carson Phillips: "Some will be much easier than others."
Since getting his peers to write for his literary magazine is not happening easiy, Carson resorts to blackmail to get people involved. Thankfully for Carson, he has Malerie there to help him with this.
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ADD MedicationSheryl Phillips: "You need to be on anti-depressants. You were on ADD medication as a kid."
Carson Phillips: "I thought I was just really calm and mature for my age."
Sheryl Phillips: "Nope, you were drugged. I hid it in your food."
As Carson is coming into his own, he's learning things about himself that he never before knew. Some of these things he learns from life lessons while others, this case included, are simply secrets that his mother kept from him.
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Fornicating Exchange StudentCarson Phillips: "How long have you been a fornicating exchange student?"
Emilio Lopez: "Girls like nothing more than a guy who speaks Spanish, like just a little rrrrrrr."
As Carson targets one of his blackmail victims, he interrogates Emilio after videotaping him getting intimate with one of the students. Carson planned to use that tape against Emilio but it doesn't seem like Emilio sees much wrong with his actions.
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NutellaCarson Phillips: "You're all here because I've got dirt on you."
Claire Mathews: "Even if you spread whatever information you have on us, no one is going to believe you."
Malerie Baggs: "They will believe because we will spread that s*** like Nutella."
The fact that Carson has dirt on all of his classmates is not intimidating to head cheerleader Claire Mathews. That changes, maybe, after Malerie explains how they plan to spread it around the school, like a popular hazelnut spread.
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ExhilaratingCarson Phillips: "I'm blackmailing the entire school to better my chances of getting into the university of my dreams and it's exhilarating."
Caught in some type of manic thought process, Carson doesn't see much wrong with his actions of blackmailing his classmates for his own benefit. In fact, he is actually getting a kick out of it.
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Dreams Don't Come TrueSheryl Phillips: "The world is a harsh place. Dreams don't come true. Take it from me, Carson. I am living proof."
Sheryl, Carson mother, gives him a dose of reality and tough love. As much as he can dream about what he wants to do with his life, the world may have other plans for him.
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A Lot Like LightningCarson Phillips: "Life comes at you fast. It runs through your body and tries to escape and be expressed in any way possible. It's a lot like lightning."
Reflecting on his short life, Carson explains that life is full of electricity just looking for an outlet to escape. It's fast and runs right through you, just like being struck by lightning.