Norris Kaplan recently moved to Austin, Texas from Canada, to start high school, and well…he is not pleased. Watching American TV has made Norris know what to expect when he starts high school, and being a Black French Canadian makes him more apprehensive. He meets Aarti (the dream girl), Madison (beta cheerleader), Liam (the loner), and Hairy Armpits (the bully). Despite everything, he gains a love interest, a new best friend, and becomes a member of an ice hockey team. Will Norris finally give in and start relishing every moment of his fresh start in Austin? Or will he ruin his once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity by just being… well, an older version of himself?
The Field Guide to The North American Teenager is a witty, comically written novel about a teenager who adjusts to high school. I enjoyed reading from the front to the back cover and couldn’t put the book down! I would rate this 4/5 stars and recommend this book to all who are 14+. This book won the William C. Morris Debut Award in 2020.
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