Can’t Wait Wednesday – CHARMING AS A VERB by Ben Philippe


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.


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My selection for this week is CHARMING AS A VERB by Ben Philippe.  Just from reading the blurb I know I’m going to love both Henri and Corinne and I can’t wait to meet them.  The focus on high school, getting into college, along with image and peer pressure make this sound like a book many readers are going to find very relatable.


CHARMING AS A VERB by Ben Philippe

Publication Date:  September 8, 2020 by Balzer & Bray


From Goodreads:

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


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

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  1. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    What a smart title and engaging cover – and a nifty premise. Thank you for sharing this one, Suzanne – I really like the sound of this one…

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