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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager | Ben Philippe
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 American high school experienceincluding falling in love. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and When Dimple Met Rishi. 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 dont 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 its time to go back to Canada, where he belongs. Yet against all odds, those labels soon become actual people to Norrislike 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 lifealong with the people who have found their way into his heart.
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MsLeah8417
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

readingjedi Cool pumpkin 🎃🎃🎃 3mo
MsLeah8417 @readingjedi I believe it‘s some type of variegated acorn squash. I plan to roast it for dinner 😊 3mo
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MsLeah8417
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To celebrate the kick-off of the NHL season, I am participating in a readathon this week! #SlapshotRead 🏒 #fredrikbackman #cynthiakadohata #benphilippe #carriesallen

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Johanna414
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This was a sarcastic, irreverent story of a black French Canadian teenager who is forced to move to Texas - and he‘s not exactly happy about it. I thought the author did a really nice job of showing how Norris became more self aware and realized that maybe he wasn‘t the “nice guy” he thought he was. All in all a good coming of age story.
1st completed book for the #reversereadathon / #readathon

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StaceyKondla
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Pickpick

I powered through this audiobook so fast - great narration, funny enough to make me burst out laughing on more than one occasion, and a smart read - Highly recommended 💕

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My lone library book plus July‘s issue of BookPage.

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Sassy_Steph
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Absolutely loved this one!!! Great characters!! I‘ve been the new kid in a school before! Great look at what the new kid goes through

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘ve seen this discussed before on booktube. Stacking! 7mo
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LibrarianJen
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve been reading this for about 4 months now and it‘s time for me to just move on. It‘s cute. I love the main character‘s sarcasm, I just can‘t get into it. I have the physical copy but thought I would try the digital version. That didn‘t work and since there is another person waiting for it I decided to just return it and give up. Iñ

I hate bailing. ?

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mhslibrarylady
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Ending my work year by finishing one of our newest books. Norris is a black French Canadian kid who loves hockey. So what is he doing in Texas? This was a fun book about stereotypes and fitting in. Norris is a witty narrator.

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LibrarianJen
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1. ⬆️ yes I‘m still reading this...
2. Yard work and hosting Easter dinner
3. Yes, they make a good snack
4. The MC of the current novel I‘m working on is named Lupé Alejandra Suazos-Cardoso, but it‘s getting changed to Gabriella Romero when she goes into witness protection.
5. ??
#friyayintro

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jmtrivera
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This was such a great time, and these authors were so interesting and fun! Listen for great book recs (seriously, I was making notes as they were talking!), the dangers of the platypus, and the continuing impact of Agatha Christie!

EclecticReaders.fireside.fm/61
@EclecticReaders #EclecticReaders @Merethebookgal

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EclecticReaders
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The first interview episode of #EclecticSpringBreak recorded at NoVa Teen Book Fest is out today! These authors have very different books out, which led to a fun conversation. We also learned cool stuff is happening in YA and Ben‘s really into Agatha Christie 😂 eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/61

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TheLibrarian
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This previous #BOTM addition is available for $1.99 as a #kindledeal

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime thanks for sharing, just bought it 🙂 ...to return the favor, Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell is also only $1.99 on Kindle right now 9mo
TheLibrarian @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Thank you!! I steady have it 😬 9mo
rretzler I have a sighting on 2 teenage North American boys. In their rooms, with doors closed, on their computers, playing video games with their friends! 9mo
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AlisonM
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Super cute book about a boy moving to a new country and coming in mid year at HS. Best book dedication I‘ve seen in a while. Favorite quote from the book, “We all mess things up. It‘s what you do with the mess that matters.” I‘ll be sharing that quote with my high school and middle schooler. It‘s a good reminder for myself as well. #Book12of2019

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VanChocStrawberry
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New case for my new paper white. I had an old kindle touch that stopped working , but I love that this has a built in light! So great.
As I‘m breaking up with my phone, having the kindle is a life saver!

readordierachel Love the case! 10mo
VanChocStrawberry Thanks! It had the exact features I was looking for—and it‘s cute! 🥰 10mo
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VanChocStrawberry
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Just started tagged book on my new kindle paper white. I love it! Thanks, @ChrisSmithIndy

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FeastOfFiction
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After reading a depressing book, I‘m glad to know this one will make me laugh.

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FeastOfFiction
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Book stack #2 for the day.
Barnes and Noble ❤️❤️

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LibrarianJen
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The goobers are really cramping my style this Morning. Charlotte is insisting on being in my lap and #zeek is being, well, Zeek.

Breakfast is eggs, Morningstar veggie crumbles, and red chile.

Also, Charlotte still doesn‘t have her own # . Any suggestions?

TrishB My daughter is Charlotte too, though family name is just Missy 😁 10mo
LibrarianJen @TrishB Aww! we named her after my mom 🥰. We call her Sissy, CharChar (like JarJar Binks) and her Uncle calls her Chuck. (edited) 10mo
TrishB Aww ❤️ now I have to admit we called her after The Cure song! She‘s quite a bit older than yours- she‘ll be 18 in a couple of months.... 10mo
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Tanisha_A She is adorable 10mo
LibrarianJen @TrishB there is nothing wrong with naming her after the Cure! I don‘t even want to think about mine as a teenager. If 2 is anything to go by... 10mo
LibrarianJen @Tanisha_A thank you ☺️ 10mo
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This is a laugh out loud, very entertaining YA rom-com meets fish out of water story filled with snark, cheerleaders, jocks, hockey & Texas heat. Coming from Montreal, Canada, Norris has all sorts of ideas about America & Austin, Texas where his mom has a new job—ideas & observations which he writes down in his journal. Have to be careful when you write such things down... A quick, fun read with all the ups/downs of being the new kid in school.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Ha! Love the Harry Potter reference. Though, I have one Hufflepuff at home who might disagree...

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TracyReadsBooks
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Didn‘t read as much this weekend as I expected but I‘m ready to start another one...

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LibrarianJen
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1. #LitsyGoesPostalOG and #LitsyLove sometimes I remember to do other things like #friYAYintro
2. I‘ve recently surprised myself by going to a writing group. It‘s at night which I don‘t normally do and it‘s with you know, people! This in no way means I‘m coming out of my introverted shell.
3. “Dude, I don‘t have time for pothead poetry here,” Norris said.
4. @Cupofjo
#wondrouswednesday

Kleonard I loved this book! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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LibrarianJen
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Only 19 pages in but. Norris has me cracking up! A teenager form Quebec, his mom took a job in Texas. The Guidance Counselor didn‘t realize he was bilingual and keeps trying to to talk to him in French. Totally had me thinking of Disociable Me.

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Kleonard
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Sweet, funny fish out of water story about black Canadian teen Norris‘s awkward relocation to Austin. Norris‘s observations are priceless.

LibrarianJen I just picked this up the other day! I‘m trying to get through a few other books first but I did read the first couple chapters and Norris already has me cracking up! 11mo
Kleonard Yay! I adored his friend Liam too. 11mo
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sophierayton
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Lots of fun. Snarky teenage boy moves to new town and we witness his awkward settling in period. I laughed out loud twice while reading this, and enjoyed the general humourous tone throughout.

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glitterkitty459
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#audiobook #contemporary #ya
The beginning half was fantastic, the second not so much...
It just seemed like the same things kept happening again and again. 🤷

I just realized this was the 1st book I've read this year that was published 2019!

Sidenote, audiobooks are great for me since I'm always doing something else so it never feels like a waste of time or anything if I didn't LOVE the book 🎧 #audiocrocheting #audiocoloring

emtobiasz I do the same thing with audiobooks— it‘s much easier to try a genre or author I‘m not sure about because the time doesn‘t feel wasted when I‘m multitasking 11mo
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ness
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Living my best life at Silent Book Club!

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Sara_Planz
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Return flight to Houston from my hometown of Pittsburgh. Something to distract me from having to leave home.

Chrissyreadit How is the book? 11mo
emtobiasz Leaving home to go home never stops being bittersweet (and a little confusing) ❤️ 11mo
Hoopiefoot I hope you had a good visit! I‘m from western PA too & still cry every time I have to leave. 11mo
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Lovesbooks87
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I knew when I saw the authors dedication page that this was going to be a funny book and it certainly was. I loved how the book was broken up with Norris description of each event or person and he felt about them. Can't wait to see what the author writes next! I had many laugh out loud moments!

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Mitch
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Love this book dedication!

AmyG Ha! 12mo
TheBookKeepers Haha so funny! 12mo
Mdargusch Haha! That‘s great! 12mo
tracey38 🤣 12mo
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tjwill
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What a great dedication! 😂

MarriedtoMrT Ha! 12mo
Crazeedi 😄😄😄 12mo
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imabusybee
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I loved that tbe chapters were broken down by groups like athletes, Cheerleaders, the bully, the crush, dating everything about High School.
Reused photo!!

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imabusybee
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Who ever said It never rains in Southern California lied! Its been raining non stop today. Listening to my audio and walking under the patio just to get my steps in. #LitsyWalkers

Bookladylinda ☔️☔️ 12mo
DeleteAcct It's raining in NorCal too. We desperately need it. ☔🌧 12mo
Kaye 👟🌟🎧 12mo
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imabusybee
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Monster was waiting for me to return from my walk. Got 30 minutes in before it started to rain.#LitsyWalkers

squirrelbrain Where HAVE you been?! 😻 12mo
Kaye Good job 👍🏼 12mo
TiredLibrarian Sign should read "Protected by Monster" ?❤ 12mo
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BookNerd9906 Aww ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
DarcysMom Great job! I hope you got cuddles when you walked in. 12mo
imabusybee @kaye thanks 12mo
8little_paws Oh how cute! 12mo
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imabusybee
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Starting this today. Best gift I got for xmas cordless head phones!!

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ardoomer
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A hilarious read that has fun playing with tropes. Great characters (Liam is my favourite) and just an enjoyable read. Highly recommend.

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wallacereads
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I saw this on twitter and had to share. This is the best dedication.

LA_Mead That book looks awesome! Also, the dedication is hilarious. 12mo
Crazeedi That is soooo awesome, made me laugh 12mo
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Kelly
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I've been putting off starting any 2019 books but I'm going in to my first tonight.

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