Balzer + Bray Charming as a Verb
Balzer + Bray Charming as a Verb

Charming as a Verb

By Ben Philippe

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Publication Date: February 1, 2022

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Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up

From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. Now in paperback! 

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 pull to keep from doing the hardest thing: being ourselves.

About the Author

Ben Philippe is a New York–based writer and screenwriter, born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, Canada. He has a bachelor of arts from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the William C. Morris Award–winning novel The Field Guide to the North American Teenager. He also wrote Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend, a book of nonfiction for adults. You can find him online at www.benphilippe.com.

Format: Paperback

Length: 336 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: February 1, 2022

ISBN: 9780062824264

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