The Field Guide to the North American Teenager PDF/EPUB


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  • 384 pages
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
  • Ben Philippe
  • 03 June 2015

10 thoughts on “The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

  1. Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) says:

    DNF at 15%


  2. Larry H Larry H says:

    This was such a fun endearing and thought provoking bookSubject Norris Kaplan a Black French Canadian high school student who is forced to move from Canada to Austin Texas when his mother takes a university job there Leaving his home his best friend hockey fans etc is bad enough but for a teenager with overactive sweat glands moving to Texas is like hell on earth Maybe hotter?Of all the things Norris disliked about leaving his life behind his mother's paranoid insistence that they become apolitical while living in Texas had provided Norris with the most enjoyment It's not that you can't have an opinion she had told him You just need to have less of them People won't always know when you're jokingHe’s prepared to hate everything and everyone and he’s always been the type to keep people at a distance with heavy doses of sarcasm I totally feel seen here But armed with his knowledge of American movies and television he’s ready to mesh with all of the typical stereotypesSure he encounters the bitchy cheerleaders the Neanderthals that are the jocks the people who like to say eh to mock his Canadian accent But he also finds friends in unlikely places and is mesmerized by Aarti the “manic pixie dream girl” whose mercurial nature confuses NorrisWhile Norris is busy eviscerating everyone with uips and insults he doesn’t realize he’s just as guilty as his fellow students of making snap judgments about him And his fervent desires to go back home to Canada leaves him too blind to see the good things and the good people right in front of himWe all mess things up It's what you do with the mess that mattersI really enjoyed this book Norris while he has some flaws is a great character and I'd love it if Ben Philippe would bring him and his entourage back for another book sometime in the future I loved the way Philippe showed the depth of other characters as wellEven if you've never had trouble fitting in if you've never been homesick or if you've never kept people at arm's length with sarcasm and wit I think you'll enjoy The Field Guide to the North American Teenager This really was such a fun readCheck out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcomFollow me on Instagram at


  3. Jessica Jessica says:

    This was so cute I read this because it's one of the picks for the summer reading camp I'm helping run at my high school I really enjoyed Norris's character and his messy relationships with girls and friends It's always hard to be the new kid and it was fun watching Norris navigate the different social circles and try to make friends while also dealing with his complicated relationship with his dad who still lived in Canada I really appreciated how the conflicts in this book weren't wrapped up in a nice little bow; Norris deals with the repercussions of his actions and is just figuring out life


  4. Hollis Hollis says:

    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 it would apparently only be a third eye in the middle of his forehead THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER is a book that won me over right from page one And that's not just because our protagonist is a Habs fan Truly I swear But it didn't hurt What is that C on your shirt there son? Colorado? No Hmm well I know that's not the Carolina Panthers Not Charlotte is it? What do you call 'em the Charlotte Hornets? Is that what the H is?Actually sir the C is for cock Canadiens Experiencing a French Canadian's relocation and adjustment to Texas and all that entails heat lack of hockey heat was hilarious because Norris is one snarky mf'er To the point that it gets him into trouble alienates peers and gets him into even trouble But it also lands him some friends Friends who want to play hockey with him friends who help him navigate the weird world of high school dating and When the bell rang Meredith was the first one to stand up throwing Norris a withering stare that said 'don't ever sit here again' which meant that Norris might now have to become the suad's first male cheerleader just to spite herPhilippe's story isn't without its frustrations because while Norris is oblivious to some bits of his own reality the reader isn't But I don't think that's the character's fault and nor is it a symptom of being YA That said I did find I enjoyed the first half of the story than the latter half and that isn't just because of the drama or the ending though there were some elements I enjoyed throughout Namely the two friends that Norris picks up in his new Texas life Liam and Maddie were both individually fantastic So was Norris' mum Norris isn't a perfect character he's sarcastic and selfish and judgmental and a little bit of a Mean Girl you'll understand if you read it and he's called out on all of it; some right away in the moment and the rest by the end I thought there was some good resolution in the wrap up but I also think some things were rushed through too But overall we had some truly great characters and some seriously laugh out loud moments; all that and #ownvoices to boot Shouldn't you say 'the B word' instead of 'bitch'? I thought Canadians were supposed to be polite?Yes we're all overly polite forage for berries in the summers and craft simple wooden objects of great beauty around the fire at nightI will definitely read this author again35 stars I received an ARC from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review


  5. may ❀ may ❀ says:

    book #1 for summerathon under the challenge of book ft a roadtrip traveling or vacation ✓this book has far LESS travelingroad tripping than i anticipated i have no idea where i got this notion but i totally thought this was a book about a roadtrip wow someone needs to actually read the blurbs heh pros the main character is a snarky little monster and i loved it the relationship between norris and his mother is so sweet and precious norris felt like such a honest true teenage boy so many times you see characters play into strong archetypes and i felt like his characters wasn't trying to be anything besides who he was basically i really like the originality of his character the love triangle i thought so at least was well done and didn't feel forced the entire book felt very natural like it was developing at its own pace L I A M i liked maddie a lot the ending was very fitting and realistic to the situation cons the first half of the book really set a tone and took its time to develop and i felt the second half felt focused on the teenage drama which is FAIR i just liked the development part the 3rd person narration was sort of jarring at moments aarti went through the opposite of character development overall this was a really refreshing fun ya read and im glad i picked it up35 stars


  6. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    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 appealed to me However I have been out of high school for a long time so things have changed immensely so I did not expect to have a relatable to the characters reading experience which I did not have but it was a cute story with some humor Aarti’s dad being a big Harry Potter fan especially I have been reading some big fantasy books lately so it this book was exactly what I was looking for a uick read that is not too intense though Liam’s past was Big hockey fan here so I got excited than I care to admit when I read PK Subban’s name My uick and simple overall a uick cute coming of age story when you don’t want too intense or too long of read


  7. Kelly Kelly says:

    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 story also elicits sympathy from the reader he's been pulled from everything he's known in Canada to Austin Texas where he stands out because of his French Canadian background and well being black Rather than lean into this new life Norris chooses to step outside and be an observer rather than participant and it makes him frustrating because he plays everyone he encounters It's a game to him rather than his reality This is a funny book about being a fish out of water and not even remotely wanting to wade back in Philippe's writing is funny and Norris's voice is authentically teen he's not too smart or too savvy but instead he's real And that reality? Flawed flawed flawed The comp I saw to this one was WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and that's actually pretty good Also this book wins for best YA dedication in a long long time


  8. Lauren Lanz Lauren Lanz says:

    25 starsIt was nice to read about a Canadian teenager being one myself It's almost a rarity to come across a Canadian protagonist in YA “When you were the child of immigrants you weren't just you; your success was also your parents' your cousins' your relatives' still struggling for life in Haiti or India wishing they were you” Norris has lived in Canada for all of his life and has over the years made close friends through school and his hockey team This all threatens to change when Norris’ mother announces they’re moving to Austin Texas so she can get a degree and pursue a job Much to his dismay Norris will have to adjust to life in America and leave everything he knows behindI really appreciate how diverse this story is Norris is black his best friend is gay and his love interest is Indian American There was also great mental health representation for depression through another of Norris’ friends Plus a lot of talk regarding immigration There’s a large cast of characters that are each going through a very separate experience that I can see many teens relating toSadly it took me uite a while to get into this book mainly due to the protagonist At first Norris came off as pretty annoying His constant complaints and snappy behaviour despite his circumstances were getting excessive Soon enough though Norris began to grow and get better through friends and experiences Still I couldn't take much of a liking to himBen Philippe’s writing wasn’t anything special though this is his debut novel Slowly I got used to it and was able to enjoy the story a bit Overall this was a decent contemporary It was fairly entertaining though much could have been done with Norris’ character and the narrative


  9. Melissa Melissa says:

    This book is in its own way a fresh view on the high school experience I wanted to read it because the synopsis was really interesting but also because Norris was from Montreal where I am I loved the categorization that Norris did on his notebook I loved his sarcasm I also loved how he went past the first impression of several people to actually coming to know and like them or at least get along with them


  10. mindful.librarian ☀️ mindful.librarian ☀️ says:

    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 his hockey obsessed hometown and he deeply resents his divorced linguistics professor mom for dragging him into the H O T and ridiculous world of sun Longhorns and burnt orangeThis novel addresses race class sexuality and all sorts of high school stereotypes cheerleaders jocks head on while simultaneously being entertaining and endearing Norris is the child of Haitian immigrants to Canada also the author's background and he incorporates that viewpoint into so much of what he narrates I don't know if I love Norris so much because he is just as awkward as I was in high school but he grabbed my heart from page 1Highly recommend to readers who can see behind the uippy comebacks to the nervous boy behind them Recommended for high school library purchase as well


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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager❮PDF❯ ✅ The Field Guide to the North American Teenager Author Ben Philippe – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Norris Kaplan is clever cynical and uite 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 movi Norris Kaplan Guide to ePUB ↠ is clever cynical and uite 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 The Field PDF \ 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 belongsYet against Field Guide to PDF/EPUB ë all odds those labels soon become actual people to Norris Be it 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 Field Guide to the North ePUB ´ love interest in the making He even starts playing actual hockey with these TexansBut 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.


About the Author: Ben Philippe

Ben Philippe Guide to ePUB ↠ was born in Haiti raised in Montreal Canada and resides in New York City where he teaches and writes for television He is an alum of Columbia University and a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers of UT Austin To this day he still does not have a valid driver’s The Field PDF \ license which is both beautiful and brave.