Charming as a Verb

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charming as a verb

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.- from the publisher

‎ 336 pages                                                                978-0062824141                                            Ages 13-17

Keywords:  romance, African American, Haitian, being yourself, ambition, dreams, urban fiction, diversity, diverse books, New York, blackmail, image, self image, 13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old

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