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Charming as a Verb

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Generally, I appreciated the description of the school and Henri's frustration at the way rich people are still able to wield their advantages, even when the playing ground is seemingly fair.

One who’s extremely driven, but kind of realizes high school passed her by as she was studying, and at the end is wondering what was the magic elixir she seemed to miss out on. I’ve come to associate Philippe with endearing characters who are not only relatable with their quirks and dreams, but also with their fears and mistakes. This book explores the pressures teens experience during the college application process, and how the expectations of their parents can add a layer of stress to an already tense situation. Her steadiness balances out Henri’s personality, and I liked reading about their relationship and the way it grew over time.but romance and friendships put aside, this story had a lot of elements that would hit home for pretty much anyone coming of age right now.

Henri went to ____ college, he gets accepted by his parents after actually talking to them, and we see his relationship develop with Corinne. I really appreciated his arc when it came to accepting and moving past said pressure and realizing what he wanted to do with his life. In Ben Philippe's new book, Charming as a Verb, making it look like everything comes easy for you is often really hard work. I love how this felt like a love-letter to the streets of New York City, but ended up with a small footnote to Montreal too.

His operation is not on the up-and-up and one of his neighbours, who is also a student at FATE, Corinne, decides to use this information to her advantage. He was also a first generation American, who was under a LOT of pressure from his parents to achieve their dream of him attending Columbia, and for once, his charm might not be enough to help him attain this goal. The book also addresses inequality in the system and how wealthier teens have access to certain advantages whilst applying for colleges.

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