Charming As a Verb

Charming As a Verb by Ben Philippe

Publication Information:  New York, NY: Balzer + Bray, 2020

Summary:  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 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 him.

Soon what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surpising than either of them 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. 

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