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

Charming as a Verb

By Ben Philippe


Publication Date: September 8, 2020

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Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up

From William C. Morris YA Debut Award-winning author Ben Philippe comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy with two Black leads. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han.

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 NYC neighbors.

But his easy smiles mask his tireless work ethic and 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 potential upside for himself.

Soon, what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for.…

About the Author

Ben Philippe is a New York–based writer and screenwriter, born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, Canada. He has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He also teaches screenwriting at Columbia University. He is the author of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award-winning novel The Field Guide to the North American Teenager. He can be found online at

Format: Hardcover

Length: 336 pages

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: September 8, 2020

ISBN: 9780062824141

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