Charming as a Verb
By Ben Philippe
Why this book?
I wanted to hate Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe because it was starred in a review comparing our two books. Unfortunately, the book is as charming as its main character, Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger, and I loved it. Halti is a scholarship student at an elite private school in New York. He’s convinced he knows what it takes to be successful, but the pressure to “make it” leads him to make some…questionable decisions. I couldn’t relate to his charm, or the extra pressures of being the child of immigrants, but I recognised a fellow over-thinker in Halti (and I suspect the author as well). Read it to understand the college-bound high schooler in your life (or to feel less alone if you’re that over-achiever yourself.)
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