The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

A Novel by Ben Philippe

Description: 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 Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it’s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs. Yet against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norris…like loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who is so nice that it has to be a trap. Not to mention Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, who might, in fact, be a real love interest in the making. But the night of the prom, Norris screws everything up royally. As he tries to pick up the pieces, he realizes it might be time to stop hiding behind his snarky opinions and start living his life—along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

Alright! So I want to start off today’s post by saying Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for sending me a Free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Norris wasn’t really a likeable character.. but he was a typical angry teenager going through an intense change in his life, so you really do feel for him and his situation at times. But the lashing out and the snarky remarks were a bit much, seriously dude.. chill. I was expecting this book to be funny and clever but it was kind of disappointing, he gets upset about people stereotyping him and judging him but yet he turns around and constantly judges others ten times worse. Even going so far as to writing all of his remarks and thoughts down in his notebook of rudeness… I wasn’t a huge fan of the relationships, Liam was alright.. I get his friendship with Norris, Liam has a bit of a past that he can’t seem to get away from with all the people from school knowing about it, so you get that he would want to be friends with the new kid. The girls however, I was alright with him and maddies friendship/thing happening throughout the book. But him and that other chick. I HATED their relationship, they were definitely not right together and definitely shouldn’t have even been an option. In my opinion they would both be too immature for a relationship. However I was living for the Harry Potter references! It was a decently paced book, which made it easier to read and helped me not get too bored of it, I just was so over the attitude. I can’t fully tell how I felt about this book.

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