Hii bookworms ❤ Today’s my stop on the blog tour of Charming As A Verb by Ben Philippe! The tour is being hosted by Colored Pages Book Tours. I’ll be sharing my review on the book as well.
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 : 5/5 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 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. . . .
My thoughts on the book :
This book lived up to it’s title in the best way possible! I love when books with beautiful covers have beautiful content inside too, and I’m so happy to say that this was the case for Charming As A Verb as well. :’) Starting from relatable characters, to having a plot line with cute dogs, the book was a package of all things adorable. It ticked off almost all the things that I want in a YA contemporary. It’s been a while since I picked up a heart-warming, yet hilarious young adult novel, so I’m really glad that I got the chance to read this book.
Reading about Henri’s life was so much fun! I loved how determined he was to excel academically in life. Having the pressure for making parents proud plus the uncertainty of the future being shoved from all possible angles – I connected with Henri in so many ways like these. He did make many dumb choices throughout the book though,but that didn’t make me love him any less. As teenagers, we are bound to make mistakes. Henri is honestly, one of the most relatable fictional teenagers out there.
The conversations between Henri and Corinne were so enjoyable! I loved the witty banter and hilarious dialogues. Corinne was a really fascinating character to read about. She’s quite different from our regular YA female leads though – she has a very bold and no-nonsense style to her attitude, and I really admired that about her. I read in a review that Corinne’s character is reminiscent of Paris Geller from Gilmore Girls, and I couldn’t agree more! The side characters added their own charm to the story line as well, and made reading the book a whole lot delightful. Some of the scenes in the book made me laugh my heart out. :’)
I really appreciated how the author approached the theme of wealthy privilege, institutional racism and struggles of immigrants in the book. This is the first book that I read by Ben Philippe, and it won’t definitely be the last.
If you want to pick up a feel-good book with a realistic touch, make sure to pick Charming As A Verb. Highly recommend!
Book links :
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.
• Website: http://benphilippe.com/
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benphilippe/
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/gohomeben
Thanks to Colored Pages Book Tours for giving me the chance to participate in the blog tour and review such a beautiful book. ❤