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Field Guide to the North American Teenager
Field Guide to the North American Teenager | Ben Philippe
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A hilarious YA contemporary realistic novel about a witty Black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas, and experiences the joys, clichs, and awkward humiliations of the American high school experience--including falling in love. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi, and John Green.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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Nalbuque
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Bailedbailed

Don‘t get me wrong, bc this was a pretty good, easy, teenage read. Buuuuut, I grabbed 2 high school books at the same time (this one was on hold for a while!), and what happened was I liked the other one better -review to come :) this was a breezy coming of age story, I just don‘t feel like I‘m missing anything very exciting or new, so 🤷🏽‍♀️

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witchyreader13
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Pickpick

I got this novel in a box of YA books chosen by Literati. I'd never heard of it and the blurb on the back sounded generic, so I wasn't expecting much. Decided to read the prologue to see if it was worth keeping... and then just kept reading. The story and characters hooked me within the first couple of pages. Witty, smart, and funny, the book tackles high school tropes in a unique way that allows readers of any age to connect with the characters.

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Eggs
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This book is witty and clever. Norris‘s mom is the coolest kind of #maternal : subtle but affectionate, firm but also on the same page as her son; i.e, she can empathize well. #maycharacters @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️💞❤️ 2y
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GreenGrl87
Pickpick

@Chelleo I really loved this one, thank you so much for the recommendation!

Chelleo Yay! Glad you liked it! 2y
riversong153 This is such a good book! It was great on audio as well! 2y
Chelleo When is our next book chat? @GreenGrl87 @riversong153 ? 2y
riversong153 Nov 20th at 9pm EST 2y
Chelleo @riversong153 thanks! Not on my calendar for some reason. 2y
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Chelleo
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Starting the audiobook in tandem with my print copy. #BlackLitsy #Blitsy #OwnVoices #ReadDiverseBooks #BIPOCAuthor

Read 2020.10.21 🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Megabooks It‘s great! I did the same thing. 2y
riversong153 This was so great on audio! 2y
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jmtrivera
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Pickpick

Norris has a smart mouth & isn't so smart at knowing when to shut it. This is my 2nd book by Ben Philippe & he captures that aspect of teens perfectly. His new friends do try to help but aren't immune to his snark & it makes for such a realistic conflict. He can't get out of his own head or his own way. When the story doesn't wrap up neatly, the author points out (through Norris) that it shouldn't, b/c that's not how life works. So satisfying!

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PurpleTulipGirl
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Pickpick

Norris & his mom move from Montreal to Austin, TX. He‘s NOT happy about it and takes it out in the for, of judging his classmates. To his surprise, some of them become his friends. But when they find out his opinions, will they still want to be his friend?

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PurpleTulipGirl
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Twenty-three minutes after landing at the Austin airport, Norris Kaplan could confirm that life in Austin, Texas, really did come with “a unique flavor,” as had been aggressively promised by all his mother‘s tourism pamphlets.

Having lived in Texas for 15 years, and spending a fair bit of time in Austin, I can affirm that this is mostly certainly true.

@ShyBookOwl #FirstLineFridays

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802Librarian
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Norris is my kind of sarcastic.

Reggie Have you seen that SNL skit about Papyrus? You would love it. 2y
Megabooks Such a funny book! 2y
802Librarian @Reggie Yes! A friend who hates papyrus sent it to me and now when we‘re out we point fonts out to each other 😀 2y
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kimmypete1
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this one. Fun with some feelings thrown in.

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kimmypete1
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#weekendreads

1. The Field Guide to the North American Teenage & The Summer Deal
2. I‘d like to pick neither, but I guess fantasy.
3. The Last Emperox

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NovelNancyM
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“It wasn't the happy ending he wanted but, then again, there were no such things as happy endings. Happy endings were artificial things manufactured out of less-than-ideal circumstances. A divorce wasn't the end of family, nor was someone moving away the end of a friendship. These things could be endings, but only if you decided to make them so. Otherwise, things just added up & continued forward, across the map, in new shapes & iterations“ (366).

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riversong153
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Pickpick

This was a really good audiobook. Norris Kaplan, the protagonist is hilariously cynical and observant...often to his own detriment. His personality and experiences kept me listening until the very end!

Chelleo I recently bought this and look forward to reading it. 3y
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JoyBlue
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Pickpick

Fun/cute enough. Nice diversion! It had me laughing in the first two minutes. 😂

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JoyBlue
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These....

No, to your average Canadian–Black, French Canadian, no less—Austin TX blew baby chunks. 0% / 01:43 😂

No, he‘s obviously an asshole, Norris corrected. The drunk is just helping it come up to the surface. 62%

80% There was something about kissing someone you knew that quieted the part of your brain that ever felt anxious or small.

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JoyBlue
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Less than two minutes in, I'm already laughing out loud. I think this is going to be a real treat! 😂

Bookwormjillk Would this be appropriate for a 6th grader? 3y
Megabooks I loved this!! 3y
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk I don‘t think so. 3y
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Bookwormjillk @Megabooks thanks. He was looking for a book report book. Instead he chose something safer 3y
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk definitely a better choice! 3y
JoyBlue @Megabooks Agreed! 3y
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Rachel.Rencher
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Life has been such a rollercoaster lately, y'all. I feel bad for not keeping up with everyone on here, but I'm thinking I might just need to take a break from social for a while. It's been probably the craziest month of my life for so many reasons that I don't have enough room to share, but I'll try to say hi every now and then. 👋

Oh, and this book is really good so far in case y'all were wondering.

Aims42 We‘ll be here when you feel like coming back! ❤️❤️❤️ Sending you big good vibes that everything works itself out! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Geenie 👋 💕 3y
Soubhiville I hope things settle and smooth out for you soon. 3y
NeedsMoreBooks Take care. 🤗 3y
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Reggie
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Pickpick

Norris Kaplan is a French Black Canadian, also hockey lover, who was born to now divorced Haitian Canadian immigrants and has now been transplanted to..... Austin,TX? Hot, sweaty, Austin ,TX, where he will have to learn how to make his own way through a different way of life. This was hilarious, too hilarious. I could have done with more depth and less Mean Girl commentary. In the end, I did enjoy it and not everything was a happy ending. Pick.

TrishB The mean girl comment makes me think my daughter would probably like this!! 3y
Reggie @TrishB the MC in here is very sarcastic which can make for a good joke but there were some references in here that I can‘t see kids today getting. Like one girl wants to help him and he says are you sure? And she says, please, I‘m a janitor, and there is an equation on the board I can solve. I thought-Good Will Hunting? Are we making that obscure reference? Lol it‘s a lot of fun. And maybe nothing and everything happens at the same time. 3y
Texreader Go Horns! 3y
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Chelleo
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Me: Do I need more books? No.
Also me (to the cashier): “l‘ll take these, please”

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 Every time I walk into a bookstore! 3y
HoneyBeeLee @chelleo that was me last week 🤣 lol (edited) 3y
ju.ca.no Hahah I know this so well😂😂 3y
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Thismommareads Love the cover to frankly in love 3y
Reggie I loved the book on the left and have laughed so hard as I‘m currently reading the one on the right. Hope you like them both!!! 3y
Geenie 🤣🤣 ikr ❤️ 3y
CandiReadsBooks I read both of these books!! They are awesome books and great reads :) 3y
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Megabooks
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A black Québécois moves to Austin, TX in this fun, fish-out-of-water YA novel.

This book delivered almost everything I want in a YA book:
?? Catchy premise. Each chapter starts with field notes.
?? Not too much romance.
?? Has issues, but not heavy like my adult fiction.
?? Some comedy, too.

Other than being disappointed by the cheesiness of the epilogue, this was a hit! 4⭐️

#booked2020 #yapocauthor #botm

Cinfhen Another stellar review!!!! You have a real knack for reviewing books 🙌🏻 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you! That means a lot! 🥰🥰😘😘 3y
BarbaraBB You make me almost want to read YA 😀😘 (edited) 3y
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB this is a pretty good one! 😁 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I agree - love the review! 💕 3y
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you!! 😘😘 3y
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MsLeah8417
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

readingjedi Cool pumpkin 🎃🎃🎃 3y
MsLeah8417 @readingjedi I believe it‘s some type of variegated acorn squash. I plan to roast it for dinner 😊 3y
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MsLeah8417
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To celebrate the kick-off of the NHL season, I am participating in a readathon this week! #SlapshotRead 🏒 #fredrikbackman #cynthiakadohata #benphilippe #carriesallen

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Johanna414
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Pickpick

This was a sarcastic, irreverent story of a black French Canadian teenager who is forced to move to Texas - and he‘s not exactly happy about it. I thought the author did a really nice job of showing how Norris became more self aware and realized that maybe he wasn‘t the “nice guy” he thought he was. All in all a good coming of age story.
1st completed book for the #reversereadathon / #readathon

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StaceyKondla
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Pickpick

I powered through this audiobook so fast - great narration, funny enough to make me burst out laughing on more than one occasion, and a smart read - Highly recommended 💕

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My lone library book plus July‘s issue of BookPage.

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Sassy_Steph
Pickpick

Absolutely loved this one!!! Great characters!! I‘ve been the new kid in a school before! Great look at what the new kid goes through

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘ve seen this discussed before on booktube. Stacking! 3y
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LibrarianJen
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve been reading this for about 4 months now and it‘s time for me to just move on. It‘s cute. I love the main character‘s sarcasm, I just can‘t get into it. I have the physical copy but thought I would try the digital version. That didn‘t work and since there is another person waiting for it I decided to just return it and give up. Iñ

I hate bailing. ?

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mhslibrarylady
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Pickpick

Ending my work year by finishing one of our newest books. Norris is a black French Canadian kid who loves hockey. So what is he doing in Texas? This was a fun book about stereotypes and fitting in. Norris is a witty narrator.

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LibrarianJen
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1. ⬆️ yes I‘m still reading this...
2. Yard work and hosting Easter dinner
3. Yes, they make a good snack
4. The MC of the current novel I‘m working on is named Lupé Alejandra Suazos-Cardoso, but it‘s getting changed to Gabriella Romero when she goes into witness protection.
5. ??
#friyayintro

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jmtrivera
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This was such a great time, and these authors were so interesting and fun! Listen for great book recs (seriously, I was making notes as they were talking!), the dangers of the platypus, and the continuing impact of Agatha Christie!

EclecticReaders.fireside.fm/61
@EclecticReaders #EclecticReaders @Merethebookgal

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EclecticReaders
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The first interview episode of #EclecticSpringBreak recorded at NoVa Teen Book Fest is out today! These authors have very different books out, which led to a fun conversation. We also learned cool stuff is happening in YA and Ben‘s really into Agatha Christie 😂 eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/61

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TheLibrarian
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This previous #BOTM addition is available for $1.99 as a #kindledeal

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime thanks for sharing, just bought it 🙂 ...to return the favor, Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell is also only $1.99 on Kindle right now 4y
TheLibrarian @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime Thank you!! I steady have it 😬 4y
rretzler I have a sighting on 2 teenage North American boys. In their rooms, with doors closed, on their computers, playing video games with their friends! 4y
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AlisonM
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Pickpick

Super cute book about a boy moving to a new country and coming in mid year at HS. Best book dedication I‘ve seen in a while. Favorite quote from the book, “We all mess things up. It‘s what you do with the mess that matters.” I‘ll be sharing that quote with my high school and middle schooler. It‘s a good reminder for myself as well. #Book12of2019

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VanChocStrawberry
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New case for my new paper white. I had an old kindle touch that stopped working , but I love that this has a built in light! So great.
As I‘m breaking up with my phone, having the kindle is a life saver!

readordierachel Love the case! 4y
VanChocStrawberry Thanks! It had the exact features I was looking for—and it‘s cute! 🥰 4y
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VanChocStrawberry
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Just started tagged book on my new kindle paper white. I love it! Thanks, @ChrisSmithIndy

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LibrarianJen
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The goobers are really cramping my style this Morning. Charlotte is insisting on being in my lap and #zeek is being, well, Zeek.

Breakfast is eggs, Morningstar veggie crumbles, and red chile.

Also, Charlotte still doesn‘t have her own # . Any suggestions?

TrishB My daughter is Charlotte too, though family name is just Missy 😁 4y
LibrarianJen @TrishB Aww! we named her after my mom 🥰. We call her Sissy, CharChar (like JarJar Binks) and her Uncle calls her Chuck. (edited) 4y
TrishB Aww ❤️ now I have to admit we called her after The Cure song! She‘s quite a bit older than yours- she‘ll be 18 in a couple of months.... 4y
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Tanisha_A She is adorable 4y
LibrarianJen @TrishB there is nothing wrong with naming her after the Cure! I don‘t even want to think about mine as a teenager. If 2 is anything to go by... 4y
LibrarianJen @Tanisha_A thank you ☺️ 4y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Pickpick

This is a laugh out loud, very entertaining YA rom-com meets fish out of water story filled with snark, cheerleaders, jocks, hockey & Texas heat. Coming from Montreal, Canada, Norris has all sorts of ideas about America & Austin, Texas where his mom has a new job—ideas & observations which he writes down in his journal. Have to be careful when you write such things down... A quick, fun read with all the ups/downs of being the new kid in school.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Ha! Love the Harry Potter reference. Though, I have one Hufflepuff at home who might disagree...

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TracyReadsBooks
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Didn‘t read as much this weekend as I expected but I‘m ready to start another one...

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LibrarianJen
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1. #LitsyGoesPostalOG and #LitsyLove sometimes I remember to do other things like #friYAYintro
2. I‘ve recently surprised myself by going to a writing group. It‘s at night which I don‘t normally do and it‘s with you know, people! This in no way means I‘m coming out of my introverted shell.
3. “Dude, I don‘t have time for pothead poetry here,” Norris said.
4. @Cupofjo
#wondrouswednesday

Kleonard I loved this book! 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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LibrarianJen
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Only 19 pages in but. Norris has me cracking up! A teenager form Quebec, his mom took a job in Texas. The Guidance Counselor didn‘t realize he was bilingual and keeps trying to to talk to him in French. Totally had me thinking of Disociable Me.

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Kleonard
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Pickpick

Sweet, funny fish out of water story about black Canadian teen Norris‘s awkward relocation to Austin. Norris‘s observations are priceless.

LibrarianJen I just picked this up the other day! I‘m trying to get through a few other books first but I did read the first couple chapters and Norris already has me cracking up! 4y
Kleonard Yay! I adored his friend Liam too. 4y
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sophierayton
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Lots of fun. Snarky teenage boy moves to new town and we witness his awkward settling in period. I laughed out loud twice while reading this, and enjoyed the general humourous tone throughout.

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glitterkitty459
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Mehso-so

#audiobook #contemporary #ya
The beginning half was fantastic, the second not so much...
It just seemed like the same things kept happening again and again. 🤷

I just realized this was the 1st book I've read this year that was published 2019!

Sidenote, audiobooks are great for me since I'm always doing something else so it never feels like a waste of time or anything if I didn't LOVE the book 🎧 #audiocrocheting #audiocoloring

emtobiasz I do the same thing with audiobooks— it‘s much easier to try a genre or author I‘m not sure about because the time doesn‘t feel wasted when I‘m multitasking 4y
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ness
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Living my best life at Silent Book Club!

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Sara_Planz
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Return flight to Houston from my hometown of Pittsburgh. Something to distract me from having to leave home.

Chrissyreadit How is the book? 4y
emtobiasz Leaving home to go home never stops being bittersweet (and a little confusing) ❤️ 4y
Hoopiefoot I hope you had a good visit! I‘m from western PA too & still cry every time I have to leave. 4y
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Lovesbooks87
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I knew when I saw the authors dedication page that this was going to be a funny book and it certainly was. I loved how the book was broken up with Norris description of each event or person and he felt about them. Can't wait to see what the author writes next! I had many laugh out loud moments!

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Mitch
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Love this book dedication!

AmyG Ha! 4y
TheBookKeepers Haha so funny! 4y
Mdargusch Haha! That‘s great! 4y
tracey38 🤣 4y
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