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Young Adult

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

by Ben Philippe

Quick take

A snarky Canadian navigates a Texas high school in this funny coming-of-age story about friendship and belonging.

Good to know

  • Quirky

  • Teens

  • LOL

  • Snarky

Why I love it

At least half a dozen people told me I had to read this book before a copy landed on my desk, but little did any of them know that I was already predisposed to like it. It takes place in Austin, Texas, where I went to college. Its inclusion of teenage archetypes like cheerleaders, jocks, and manic pixie dream girls evokes popular high school comedies like Mean Girls and 10 Things I Hate About You....

Synopsis

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, ...

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