Charming as a Verb

Charming as a Verb

Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy New York City neighbors. But his easy smiles mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.

There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing a potential upside for himself.

Soon what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for. . . .

This is a sharply funny and insightful novel about the countless hustles we have to keep from doing the hardest thing: being ourselves.

Title:Charming as a Verb
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062824141
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    Charming as a Verb Reviews

  • Ben

    Ignore me. Only here to mathematically make up for a future one-star review that will genuinely hurt my feelings. :)...

  • Claude's Bookzone

    Well that was thoroughly enjoyable! It isn't all light and fluffy though, as a decision made by one of our main protagonists turns the story on it's head. This book explores the pressures teens experi...

  • alexandra

    i binged this book and enjoyed it so so much!!- Black #ownvoices author + rep- set in nyc aka the BEST- realistic hs senior experience in terms of academics and college applications- cute rom-com with...

  • Larry H

    In Ben Philippe's new book, Charming as a Verb , making it look like everything comes easy for you is often really hard work.At first glance, Henri Haltiwanger (otherwise known as “Halti” or ...

  • Vicky Again

    this was so cute and adorable and fantastic!!! i absolutely adored the characters and their voices (charming, sociable Henri and introverted, intense Corinne!) and this book was just. so fun and enjoy...

  • Paula M

    "All children are charming as an adjective, but you’re charming as a verb." Okay, before we proceed with the review, can we all just stop and stare at this stunning cover? Without readin...

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Henri had many talents, and his charm was one of his secret weapons. A chameleon, who could easily fit into all school cliques. A persuasive orator, who dominated at debate. An entrepreneur, who creat...

  • Ms. Woc Reader

    The meet-cute is blackmail in the cute and witty YA contemporary where our protagonist Henri is just trying to balance life as a college-bound senior in NYC attending one of the cities most elite priv...

  • Breanne

    hell yes, september better come fucking fast...

  • Lisa

    Henri Haltiwanger is one of those characters who leaps off the page. You’re immediately immersed into his side dog-walking hustle, high performance high school and high expectation of his immigrant ...