The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

Ben Philippe

fiction contemporary young adult funny lighthearted fast-paced

384 pages | first published 2019


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...

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funny 89%
lighthearted 63%
emotional 26%
reflective 15%
hopeful 10%
challenging 5%
inspiring 5%


medium 73%
fast 26%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 85% | A mix: 14%

Strong character development?

Yes: 88% | No: 11%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 53% | Yes: 46%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 94% | It's complicated: 5%

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