The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don?t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a new high school and sweating a ridiculous amount from the oppressive Texas heat, Norris finds himself cataloging everyone he meets: the Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A black French Canadian, he knows from ...

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Title:The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
Author:Ben Philippe
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:B078QY5HQM
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager Reviews

  • Chessa
    Feb 26, 2019
    I aggressively LOVED THIS. I laughed out loud so much you guys, my kids and cats took turns saying, ?can u not?? with their eyeballs at me. Norris is so snarky and guarded and wrapped up in himself and I just loved his entire unlikeable-but-actually-so-human-and-love-able teena...
  • Kelly
    Nov 26, 2018
    Talk about an unlikable male character! I loved it. I loved the script flip here, turning what is usually reserved for (white) girls to be -- unlikable -- and allowing a black male character to be that inside. And while Norris is really off putting and, at times, a downright bully, his...
  • Sarah
    Oct 24, 2018
    * review of an advanced reader copy courtesy of the publisher Haitian Harriet the Spy meets television sitcom in this young adult novel about a black French Canadian trying to survive in a Texas high school. Norris Kaplan, the book's wry protagonist, has his doubts about relocating ...
  • Sam
    Jan 16, 2019
    4.5 Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC! The Field Guide to the North American Teenager was not on my radar until it ended up on my doorstep thanks to Harper Collins Canada. This delightfully honest and quirky debut tells the story of a young black French-Canadia...
  • Kelli Gleiner
    Oct 24, 2018
    Norris is the sort of boy I?d like in high school: snarky, uninterested in the ?cool kids,? and smart. As is the case with so many people I?ve known, he can?t turn off the smart-ass to see who his real friends are. I can?t say that I liked how ?prettily? the book wrap...
  • Christine (Padfoot's Library)
    Jan 22, 2019
    From the epigraph alone, I could tell that I was going to enjoy Philippe's writing. We follow Norris, who is a French Canadian teen, who recently moves to Texas because his mom got a new teaching gig. He is at first determined to hate it, and spends him time thinking about going back t...
  • Heather Pearson
    Jan 22, 2019
    Well worth the read. I'd read about 10% of the book when I decided that it just wasn't working for me. I was going to stop, but then considered, what would a tell a teen who asked me about it at work one day. I'd better read a little more, give it a fair chance at least. I tried...
  • Ciera
    Jan 13, 2019
    "Everyone's a dick by someone else's standards." The experience of reading this book was like watching a teen romcom but from the POV of a snarky, Canadian teen boy. Which, as a POV I don't often have access to, was great. Norris was kind of a dick, but not in a fully unlikable se...
  • Suzanne
    Jan 10, 2019
    Cute coming of age read. This is one of those books that you begin and think it will be a slow read but actually gains momentum as it continues and ends with a strong finish. I grew up in a small town in Tennessee with two French Canadian parents so the description of this book really ...
  • Maša
    Jan 23, 2019
    A black French Canadian moves to Texas. He is homesick, lonely, and determined to stay apart from everything and everyone. When he's not mouthing off, he chronicles his cruel thoughts in a small notebook he likes to carry around. This book was a very nice surprise. I read it becaus...
  • Jennie Shaw
    Jan 18, 2019
    I can't remember the last time I laughed my way through an entire book. Not just in the beginning, with humour petering out by the halfway point. Norris's pitch-perfect snark had me laughing my face off and while I could've flown through THE FIELD GUIDE, I didn't want to. It really is ...
  • Rashika (is tired)
    Jan 31, 2019
    Actual Rating 3.5 I don?t think this book has actually been pitched this way but when I finished the book, I couldn?t help but think of Mean Girls. The Field Guide to a North American Teenager, while not a perfect fit, read to me, like a gender-swapped Mean Girls. Norris Kapl...
  • USOM
    Jan 05, 2019
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I flat out adored this book. From page one I knew I wouldn't go to bed until I finished reading it because Norris is spectacular. He's a character I instantly loved....
  • Kate Olson
    Jan 21, 2019
    An awkward and reluctant Black high school transplant to Austin, TX from Montreal, Norris Kaplan may just be one of my favorite male YA characters yet. He's awkward as can be, snarky as a defense mechanism, and not at all buying into the American high school experience. Austin is NOT h...
  • Abduraafi Andrian
    Mar 13, 2019
    It was a funny, thoughtful, move-on-kinda-thing teenager story. This book was fairly awesome. I had a hard time on the first half of the book, but after that--after Norris worked with Maddie--the story went interesting. In my sight, the main character, Norris, was hardly remembered as ...
  • Hollis
    Jan 06, 2019
    Half stars, half stars! Is it really so much to ask? All his life, Norris could count on his ability to strike up a conversation with anyone -- French or English speaker, black or white -- based on this sigil. Hockey was a third language back in Montreal. Where they were headed now,...
  • Rich in Color
    Mar 16, 2019
    Review copy: Purchased The buzz around Ben Philippe?s debut novel was catching and everyone was talking about how funny and witty the novel was, so when I saw a copy out in the wild, I decided to buy it. I like witty novels, but for some odd reason, Field Guide to the North Americ...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    Jan 01, 2019
    Perfect read to start the new year! Norris was such an utter smartass but I loved him regardless. Every witty quip, every side character, and every hysterical Norris-ism... perfect. This book was an amazing debut; I can?t wait to see what the author produces in the future. Full re...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Jan 08, 2019
    What happens when you take a hockey loving, black, French-Canadian boy and transplant him in Texas? You get a hilarious tale filled with some teen angst, hijinks, and even some personal growth. ?Pro: This book was hilarious! I love snark and sarcasm, and Norris spoke both fluent...
  • Cori Reed
    Feb 09, 2019
    This was so much fun! If you love contemporary, but want something a little bit different, check this out! ...
  • Emm  Louis
    Feb 20, 2019
    3.5? ...
  • Amanda
    Jan 15, 2019
    4.5* I was sent an ARC in exchange for honest review I have a full video review : https://youtu.be/jjf75K0Cf-E ...
  • Rachel Strolle
    Aug 06, 2018
    i really enjoyed this one ...
  • Flavia
    Feb 03, 2019
    This book ended up being so different from what I had expected! Though I shouldn?t be too surprised, since this is Philippe?s debut novel, so he?s definitely a new-to-me author. The main character of this book, Norris, was likeable for me from the start, and there was a lot of sn...
  • Arden Belrose
    Dec 20, 2018
    No book has made me laugh out loud this much since I read Three Men In A Boat! I LOVED Norris' brand of sarcastic, exaggerated, witty and tongue-in-cheek humor. And he's not afraid to direct it at himself, too. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is a contemporary, comi...
  • Kaitlyn
    Mar 15, 2019
    "Maybe the whole point of approaching life as origami that the documentary missed was learning to fold your sharp edges." This book was interesting. It wasn't as fluffy and light as I expected but it felt very real, which was very refreshing. ...
  • kory.
    Feb 16, 2019
    Okay, so, this book was going so well for me that I thought it was going to be a five star, but then the ending happened and I can't bring myself to go higher than a four star. Trigger/content warnings for bullying, description of past suicide attempt, anti-gay slur, racism, underag...
  • Alanna
    Jan 24, 2019
    Released in North America on January 8, 2019, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe is a hilarious contemporary realistic YA debut novel about a rather cynical Black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas, and experiences the clichs and joys of the A...
  • Destiny Henderson
    Feb 23, 2019
    I'm always excited to read some diverse fiction and a French-Canadian boy of Haitian descent in the US sounded interesting. Unfortunately for me, a lot of this can be summed into Norris pops his gums and writes checks his butt can't cash. I didn't care for any of the characters or t...
  • Ivy
    Jan 30, 2019
    This cover is incredible, so hopefully the book will be as good. ...