Indigo Teen Staff Pick || January 2019

The Indigo Teen Staff Pick of the Month is a program where over 100 employees vote on their favourite read for the month! This is super cool because the pick is 100% the BEST pick of the month! I’m so excited to participate in the reveal and give you all the details on this months pick. Use #indigostaffpicks on your social media to show us your photos and tweets.

January’s pick is The Field Guide To The North American Teenager by Ben Phillipe. A laugh out loud sitcom all wrapped up in a book you’ll definitely enjoy. What a great book to start 2019 with!


Title: The Field Guide To The North American Teenager
Author: Ben Philippe
Page Count: 384 pages
Genre: Contemporary // Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo







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.



The Field Guide To The North American Teenager was funny, witty and snarky. I just loved the internal dialogue the main character had within himself. It was refreshing! The ending to this one is not the typical YA ending and that really made the book a worthwhile read for me. If you’re Canadian you’ll totally crack up while Norris experiences what living in Texas is really like. If you’re American I think you’ll find our perception of USA hilarious! Norris is every Canadian! I’m laughing to myself as I’m writing this. You’ll want to be friends with Norris.

Only $20 for the month of January at Chapters Indigo and double the plum points!

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