Hello bibliophiles! Today is my stop for the blog tour Charming as A Verb by Ben Philippe. This tour is organized by the Colored Pages Book Tour and I’ll be sharing my views about the same.
Title : Charming As A Verb
Author : Ben Philippe
Publisher : Blazer + Bray (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
Publication Date : September 8th, 2020
Genres : Young Adult Contemporary
Personal Rating : 4/5 stars
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 smile mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.
There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charm: 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…
My Views –
This name sounds exciting right??
Well, yes this was the only reason I picked up this book, and man, I should tell you this that I want more of it now. This book is one hell of an interesting book that I have read this year.
The cover is so beautiful and lively and you know it gives you that “good” book feels. This YA contemporary is a heart-warming tale of a teenager who intends to make it to his dream college – Columbia University. I enjoyed reading about Henri’s life. He is a character shown full of zeal and passion for life. He is a trusted dog walker and has some reputation in his school, undoubtedly smart, handsome, and of course charming. He did some unforgivable mistakes but that doesn’t make me love him any less. Everyone is bound to make mistakes in their life, otherwise, how will they learn and have experiences? Having said this, Henri is one of the most relatable fictional characters out there.
One day, one blackmail and his perception towards Corinne Troy, his neighbor, and classmate changes. Corinne’s character is a bold and no-nonsense attitude taker. The banter between Corinne and Henri is cute and refreshing. Corinne with her witty replies and Henri our charmer sounds like a perfect combination, right? Well, then you have to pick up this book and read it for yourself because I’m sure it will leave you in awe.
I loved the fact how the author has explained the struggles of a black teenager to prove himself capable enough, peer pressure, and to be a doting son. Loved the New York setting.
Charming as a Verb is a light and breezy read that would inspire you to work hard towards your goals and dreams. The lesson that I learned from this book – it’s always important to have a plan B if Plan A doesn’t work out. Recommending – Go and read this book now!
Author Information –
Ben Philippe was born in Haiti, raised in Montreal, Qc, Canada, and now resides in New York. He is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers (UT Austin) and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. He still doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, which is both #beautiful and #brave. He has covered Media & Culture for Vanity Fair, Observer, The A.V. Club, The Guardian, Playboy, and Thrillist. His short stories have appeared in Five Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, Bookanista, and a couple of other places.
Lastly, I would like to say Thank you to the team of Colored Pages Tour for making me a part of this amazing book blog tour.