Now 2024 Previous Articles Road Essays Road Reviews Author Black Authors Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA+ Artwork WIP

Recent posts

Month in review

Bloom by Kenneth Oppel and Sophie Amos (Narrator)
Bran New Death by Victoria Hamilton and Margaret Strom (Narrator)
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
Cleopatra in Space: Queen of the Nile by Mike Maihack
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
A Death Long Overdue by Eva Gates and Elise Arsenault (Narrator)
Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Giant Days, Volume 14 by John Allison Giant Days, Volume 14 by John Allison
The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alka
The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling
Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett and Cassandra Campbell (narrator)
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak
Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn
A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow
Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles Volume 1 by Naru Narumi
The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves and Gordon Griffin (narrator)
Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
Restaurant to Another World Volume 2 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (Illustrations)
The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman
The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert
The Sea Fairies by L. Frank Baum
Shadowspell by Jenna Black
Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

November 2020 Sources

November 2020 Summary

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2024

Ozathon: 12/2023-01/2025

Canadian Book Challenge: 2023-2024

Chicken Prints
Paintings and Postcards

Privacy policy

This blog does not collect personal data. It doesn't set cookies. Email addresses are used to respond to comments or "contact us" messages and then deleted.

Charming as a Verb: 12/15/20

Charming as a Verb

Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe is primarily set in New York City, in and around FATE school. Henri Halti Haltiwanger is a senior and his entire life he's been set on attending Columbia. To save up money he's been working as a dog walker and it's through that gig he meets the girl who might help him reach his goal.

Corinne Troy lives in the same building as him. Her mother is a Columbia dean and might be his last ditch hope to get in after bungling his interview. She, though, can see through his charms and blackmails him into helping her be more social so she can get into her first choice college. While helping her, they become friends, and then fall in love.

Author Ben Philippe is a Canadian living in New York. Midway through the novel, Henri's path to college takes a detour. Like Tiana in the Disney adaptation of The Frog Princess (2002), he'll get what he needs, not what he (or his parents) want. The novel also touches realistically on the fall out of highly competitive schools and imposter syndrome.

The Canadian detour places the book on the road narrative spectrum, down in the realistic fiction. Halti and Corinne travel as a couple (33). Their destination is the city (33) of Montreal. Their route is via railroad (00). Thus the narrative tangent that puts Halti on a new, unimagined path, can be summarized as a couple going to the city via the railroad (333300).

Five stars

Comments (0)

Lab puppy
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:

Twitter Tumblr Mastadon Flickr Facebook Facebook Contact me

1997-2024 Sarah Sammis