Goodreads Monday – The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Welcome back to Goodreads Monday! It’s been a very hot minute since I did one but I figured I might as well get back into it! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.

This week’s featured book is The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe. This is a YA Contemporary that was published in January 2019 and it has a 3.81 star rating on Goodreads.

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.

Why do I want to read it?

Is it just me or do you also get Mean Girls vibes from this synopsis? That’s not a bad thing to me and I’m definitely here for it! It seems to be a pretty underrated YA contemporary but I remember when I first came across it, the cover really caught my eye. There’s something about it that gives off cute-quirky-charming and I have a feeling that this story will have me feeling nostalgic, while also laughing and cringing at relatable scenes of high school life.

Have you read The Field Guide to the North American Teenager or is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think of it?

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