Spotlight on The Field Guide To The North American Teenager (Ben Philippe), Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight The Field Guide To The North American Teenage by Ben Philippe!

Read on for more about Ben, plus a guest post, and giveaway! 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Ben Philippe!

Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and an MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He teaches screenwriting at Barnard. This is his debut novel. He can be found online at http://benphilippe.com/.

 

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Meet The Field Guide To The North American Teenage!

 

A hilarious contemporary realistic YA debut novel about a rather cynical Black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas, and experiences the clichés and joys of the American high school experience—including 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 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…like 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 life—along with the people who have found their way into his heart.

 

 

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~ Guest Post ~ 

 

 

THE TOP 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO SURVIVE IN AN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL

 

AN OBSESSION

Being told not to "be in your head" is all well and good, but my head was always my favorite place to escape the nightmare that is high school. Yes, you should go out, socialize, but no matter how weird or specific it is, there’s nothing like a singular interest you can pour all that extraneous mental energy into! It can be a book series, a TV show you wring for fanfiction content, your original writing, or an intricate D&D campaign, years in the making. Whatever.

(Your obsession just shouldn’t be your significant other or, ugh, “bae” or what have you. That gets creepy really fast.)

 

 

 

GOOD GRADES (NO, SERIOUSLY)

No, I promise that I am not your superintendent in a latex Scooby-Doo mask. That fantasy you have of leaving your small (or big) town behind in favor of life in a big (or small) city, where you get to reinvent yourself hundreds of miles away while everyone who has ever crossed you stays behind and rots in obscurity? It’s only one college acceptance (and decent financial aid) away.

No pressure or anything, but the SATs might be the most crucial academic test of your life. (They sure changed the course of mine.) Is it unfair? Yup, very much so. ‘Tis life. Get to studying.

 

 

 

A FRENEMY

In today’s fast-paced age, an actual enemy is just not cost-effective. Who has the time to hate -- truly hate -- someone? Where is even the fun in that? What you need is a frenemy. Someone in your social vicinity who provides just enough thin-lipped smiles and side-eye to keep things interesting. Think Serena Van Der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, if you want to get fancy with it. (The Tom Stoppard versions.) Years from now, their passive aggressive message is undoubtedly one you will linger on while flipping through a yearbook.

 

 

 

 

 

MOBILITY

As an “adult” without a valid driver’s license (parallel parking is nonsense), I’m in no position to recommend you get one at 16. Find yourself a friend who gets a driving license and car the moment it becomes legally permissible to do so. Or, a parent who won’t internalize the fact that they have to drop you off two blocks from where you’re actually meeting your friends. (Parents: it’s really not about you.)

Or, better yet, become an expert at your surrounding public transport. We’re not just talking morning commutes, you plebs: surrounding towns are only a bus or train ride away and make excellent weekend gateways. If nothing else, your basic friends all taking photos of the same angel wing mural are sure to be envious of the fact that your life isn’t as limited. It’s all about fostering a healthy amount of envy in your peers.

 

 

 

YOUR TRIBE

Going through it all alone sucks; it's that simple. You need other weirdos who get you. Or, another weirdo, singular. (I've been in many tribes of two.) It shouldn't be debilitating to spend time alone, but there's nothing like a table or group chat of people that naturally, effortlessly march to a beat similar to your own. Those kindred spirits that instantly understand you in ways that you may not understand yourself. People willing to tell you when you have something in your teeth or that your jeans are more of the dad variety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Field Guide To The North American Teenager

Author: Ben Philippe

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publish Date: January 22nd, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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Debra Branigan on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 11:59

Unique cover and storyline. I think this will be a fun read!

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Unique cover and storyline. I think this will be a fun read!
Jayda on Saturday, 12 January 2019 19:04

The cover is really unique and the story sounds intriguing!

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The cover is really unique and the story sounds intriguing!
Shaina Steinherz on Saturday, 12 January 2019 20:22

I thought at first that the book really was spiral-bound, which would have been really cool, but even though it isn't, it's still nice. The characters all sound great, snarkiness, stereotypes and all.

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I thought at first that the book really was spiral-bound, which would have been really cool, but even though it isn't, it's still nice. The characters all sound great, snarkiness, stereotypes and all.
Danielle Hammelef on Monday, 28 January 2019 12:34

The cover is perfect for this exciting synopsis.

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The cover is perfect for this exciting synopsis.
Erin on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 05:39

I am so excited to read this!! It sounds like it will be a fantastic take on the American high school and all its cliques & even is miaconceptions quite possibly! I'm looking forward to reading it from the perspective of the somewhat cynical young African American man. The synopsis sounds fantastic!!

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I am so excited to read this!! It sounds like it will be a fantastic take on the American high school and all its cliques & even is miaconceptions quite possibly! I'm looking forward to reading it from the perspective of the somewhat cynical young African American man. The synopsis sounds fantastic!!
Dan Denman on Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:05

I like the design of the book cover. This sounds like a fun and unique story.

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I like the design of the book cover. This sounds like a fun and unique story.

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