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Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Henri Haltiwanger has a smile that can charm anyone--that is until he runs into Corinne Troy. When she confronts him about his slightly dishonest dog walking business, ‘Halti’ finds himself blackmailed into improving Corinne’s social image. However, as he gets to know Corinne, he finds there might be more to his “intense” classmate than he expected. Also, she helps him learn more about himself. But will a friendship started with dishonesty be able to continue when a bigger betrayal enters the picture?

I listened to this audiobook and the story is superb! Be warned that there is some language and brief crude conversations. However, I appreciated that there wasn’t a focus on sex that so often comes into YA books. Charming as a Verb looks realistically at the pressures of high school life, both academically and socially and the characters truly are charming.

Recommended ages--13 and up

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