Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Hi All! It’s Becky. I was looking for a book with guy appeal when I stumbled across Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

Title: Charming as a Verb
Author: Ben Phillippe
Note: I listened to the audiobook

Summary: Henri Haltiwanger knows how to be charming. Henri has built his entire identity around mistruths and a perfect smile. He has one goal, get into Columbia. Henri’s life and plans are derailed when his neighbor, Corrine, learns his biggest secret. Corinne blacks Henri to help her fit in at school, but as the two spend time together, they develop feelings for each other. Can Henri find happiness and get into his dream school?

Review: When I finished this book, I spent some time trying to decide why I enjoyed it so much. Phillippe’s story of a young man trying desperately to make his parents proud was well-developed and relatable. Everyone has had those moments when they desperately want to please their parents. Also, following Henri as he tried to find his place in the world and discover his own path was perfectly done and reminiscent of many classic YA novels. However, I don’t think those aspects of the book are what made it great. The greatness of this book is Henri. The author created a complex character filled with insecurity, dreams, and doubts who jumps off the page. Henri is trying to fit in a world he can’t afford to live in; he is trying to build a life for his parents and himself, all while trying to find a sliver of happiness. In the most simplest terms, I enjoyed being in his head, I enjoyed seeing the way he thinks, and I enjoyed watching him go through emotional and moral struggles. Henri is known for his charm, and Philippe made his dazzling.  Charming as a Verb was as charming as the title promised, and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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