The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager Details

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. 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 love interest in the making. He even starts playing actual hockey with these Texans.

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.

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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    DNF at 15%: I'm sorry but I just can't read this anymore. Being inside the main character's head was genuinely one of the most insufferable reading experiences I've ever had. Maybe I just ~didn't get ...

  • Larry H

    This was such a fun, endearing, and thought-provoking book.Subject: Norris Kaplan, a Black French-Canadian high school student who is forced to move from Canada to Austin, Texas when his mother takes ...

  • Hollis

    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 thi...

  • may ?

    book #1 for summerathon, under the challenge of: "book ft. a roadtrip, traveling, or vacation" ✓this book has far LESS traveling/road-tripping than i anticipated. i have no idea where i got this...

  • Suzanne

    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...

  • Lauren Lanzilotta

    2.5 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...

  • Kelly

    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 tha...

  • Melissa

    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 love...

  • mindful.librarian ??

    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 mech...

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    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.• Pr...