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I especially enjoyed the way Henri's ambition was described as well and contrasted to Corrinne and her mother. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. The argument that even scholarships do not fully fix both inequality and feelings of inadequacy is a powerful one. To put it bluntly, like Corinne would, she's stunted in the social niceties department and could do with some "wine and dine" lessons. Unfortunately, his inner monologue of thinking his charms as a “hustle” sours things a bit for me as it makes his character seems insincere.

It has an adorable romance and relatable final-year scenarios that always made me miss high school, with enough charm and vulnerabilities from our main character Henry that made this book stood out. This makes the first few chapters hard to read for me as it feels like he’s info-dumping everything about himself as well as the scenery and people around him. Ben Phillipe’s sophomore YA book tackles several themes from the immigrant experience, familial expectations, the pressure of college admission season, and finding a person with whom we can be our truest selves. CU means the world to him, and his father has always wanted him to attend CU to get the best education possible.With amazing black leads, a stunning love story, and wonderful characters that tug at your heartstrings, I wholeheartedly recommend this book! Follows Henry, a charming Haitian teen whose easygoing personality masks his burning desire to go to his dream university. This is probably one of the most realistic portrayal of a confused young adult in terms of choosing their university and the stress and pressure that comes with it.

But one that illustrates its depths as Henri navigates being a first generation child of immigrants with their own dreams.Also, for how prominent dog-walking is in the synopsis, there is very little of it in the book and I would have liked to have heard more about this “less-than-honest” dog-walking business. At first glance, Henri Haltiwanger (otherwise known as “Halti” or “HH”) seems to have life in the palm of his hand. But their friendship is spot on👌 But as a couple I didn’t ship them and that’s the hard part of enjoying a romance. And not writing like her can be a good thing, since I'm still mad at her for giving me a book hangovwer after the song of achilles. There is the stress with getting all the applications in, keeping your grades up, and padding your "resume" so that the colleges notice you.

He is the author of the memoir SURE, I'LL BE YOUR BLACK FRIEND, as well as the young adult novels CHARMING AS A VERB and the William C. I should really listen to my inner self when I dnf a book and not come back to it just because I'm seeing a lot of high ratings through my feed. From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. He could be that stereotypical energetic puppy best friend, but he’s very genuine and kindhearted and it really shows on paper.It comes with consequences, deservedly so, and while it’s not great watching characters you’ve been getting to know forced in this situation, I felt the ending and resolution was exactly what was needed. Henri went to ____ college, he gets accepted by his parents after actually talking to them, and we see his relationship develop with Corinne. I wasn't 100% sold on the ending but overall I had a wonderful time reading this and loved the diverse characters. It has two of my favorite elements: senior year setting and laid back/uptight couple dynamics so it does sounds like it’s going to be a new favorite of mine. I found that I could relate to this book because I've started to list out universities for my potential Masters/ PhD (pls, someone let me do a PhD as an MBA graduate).

Get exclusive access to our seasonal reading guides (Summer Reading Guide, Spring Books Preview, and Fall Books Preview), more book lists, podcast episodes, and much more. I loved the way his mum was striving for her own new pathway, and his dad was willing to evolve to support his son.The story ended with Henri realizing what he did wrong, what he has to do and what consequences he has to experience and I think thats realistic and beautiful. Young Adult contemporaries don’t often surprise me anymore, but this one is definitely a pleasant surprise. Packed solid with freestyle wit, real bestie charm, and the everyday diverse glory of New York City. Needing to use it like a verb because it means the difference in your survival, in the opportunities you would never have otherwise, and how necessary it is for some people.

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