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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Links of Interest:
Author website: benphilippe.com
Author interview: HERE
Author Q & A: HERE
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