Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe; Narrated by James Fouhey HarperAudio Publication Date: September 8, 2020 ISBN: 9780063025622
Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger, a first generation Haitian-American is full of charm and ambition. Excelling at his prestigious New York high school, running his own successful (if slightly misleading) dog walking service, he is determined to get into Columbia, his (or his father’s?) dream school. When his neighbor Corrine blackmails him into teaching her how to be more social, unexpected ventures begin.
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All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell; Narrated by Kelly Pruner HarperAudio Publication Date: October 29, 2019 ISBN: 978-1094078885
Ava was raped as a nine year old girl, and it left scars inside and out. Now all her connections with people start with the “scar on her face” story. She comes across a frozen body of a brutalized teen, whose ghost becomes a fixture in Ava’s life as she struggles with what to do about her body.
The audiobook format is really effective for the stream of consciousness style of this book. With the narrator we are inside Ava’s head and able to experience her world from her point of view. Similar in suspense to books like I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson, those who like dark stories of resilience and suspense with LGBTQ characters will like All the Things We Do in the Dark.