One Man Guy
A heartfelt, laugh-out-loud-funny story of romance, family, and self-discovery.Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. Between bouts of interrogating the waitress and criticizing the menu, Alek’s parents announce that he’ll be attending summer school in order to bring up his grades. Alek is sure this experience will be the perfect hellish end to his hellish freshman year of high school. He never could’ve predicted that he’d meet someone like Ethan.Ethan is everything Alek wishes he were: confident, free-spirited, and irreverent. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend—he’s barely ever had a girlfriend—but maybe it’s time to think again.

One Man Guy Details

TitleOne Man Guy
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 27th, 2014
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-139780374356453
Rating
GenreLgbt, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

One Man Guy Review

  • Michael Barakiva
    January 1, 1970
    As the author of this book, I really had to give it five stars, now didn't I? If you are from the suburbs of New Jersey, or love New York City, the music of Rufus Wainwright, falling in love, summer, tennis, or even a single Armenian, I think you will enjoy my book. If you don't fall into any of those categories, I think you will enjoy it any way because it's my first book and like all first times, it's very special.
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this LGBT book surely didn’t feel like an obligation or homework meaning that I relatively did so with interest, but, by the end, I did realize how there were things that I enjoyed and many others that I disliked. Here they are:What I Liked 1. The LGBT theme, since it is not secret that I think gay romance to be beautiful. It was good to see how it didn't actually bring ''drama'' to the story.2. Cultural diversity in books! It was interesting to learn about Armenian people, because I sha Reading this LGBT book surely didn’t feel like an obligation or homework meaning that I relatively did so with interest, but, by the end, I did realize how there were things that I enjoyed and many others that I disliked. Here they are:What I Liked 1. The LGBT theme, since it is not secret that I think gay romance to be beautiful. It was good to see how it didn't actually bring ''drama'' to the story.2. Cultural diversity in books! It was interesting to learn about Armenian people, because I shamefully knew nothing about them before. Now, of course, I might not be an expert, but this novel enlightened me on what traditional meals they eat and how tradition themselves are important to them. 3. Alek’s determination and ready-to-do-the-right-thing side. He was a headstrong boy but there were also many things to admire about him.4. Alek’s family for they were more than entertaining! And particuraly original; the fact that they only ate healthy and disassembled a meal with their minds before doing so.5. The pacing; it was fast so a very easy to read (and pretty short) book.6. How light everything felt, even heavy subjects.What I Didn’t Quite Like 1. Ethan… He was not my type of guy or even the kind I would have as a friend. He and Alek were more than different: complete opposites! He was sweet, but his not caring about school left me glaring at him. I’m positive we wouldn’t get along well on plenty of subjects.2. The writing was very simple and not impressive at all. Okay, I guess.3. Even though there seemed to have been accurate information in this story about the Armenians and life as a teenager in general, there were scenes that appeared very unrealistic to me and others too rushed. The ending for instance looked more like something the main character would dream of than reality.4. The lack of romantic scenes! If there’s going to be gay romance, please, make us feel it.5. How the author made characters do actions that could be seen in Hollywood comedy movies (for instance Becky’s speech when quitting her job). She was a fun supportive cast member though and a very spirited one for sure.6. Alek trying to imitate Ethan’s way of behaving and style. I understood him having influence to the highest of points on him, but I wish he didn’t feel the need to do so here and there. Ethan did give him courage however, so it wasn’t completely a bad thing.7. Where was the humor? The blurb promised humor and, except for Becky, not much remotely cracked me up.8. How light everything felt, even heavy subjects (both a good and bad thing).
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  • Kat Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    The only thing you need to know about this book is that it is adorbs. Totally, utterly, sweetly adorable. It will give you all the cute feelings and make you want to hug both protagonists. Anyone who doesn’t agree?Anybody who doesn’t finish this book wanting to hug everyone involved has no soul. NO SOUL, I SAY!Do I still have to review the rest of it? I do? Okay. Fine. The writing was fairly good. There were a few times where the characters were stuck having conversations that clearly became lec The only thing you need to know about this book is that it is adorbs. Totally, utterly, sweetly adorable. It will give you all the cute feelings and make you want to hug both protagonists. Anyone who doesn’t agree?Anybody who doesn’t finish this book wanting to hug everyone involved has no soul. NO SOUL, I SAY!Do I still have to review the rest of it? I do? Okay. Fine. The writing was fairly good. There were a few times where the characters were stuck having conversations that clearly became lectures from an author mouthpiece. But, you know what? I don’t even care because: adorbs.The relationship between Aleks and Ethan was intensely sweet and surprisingly physical given the age of our protagonist. And by physical, I mean, I had to stop a couple of times to swoon.It’s the characters, though, the whole range of them, that’s going to make you love this book. From Aleks himself who is brilliantly written in a teenage voice, to his parents and brother and Ethan himself. I love them all. I just want to HUG them all. Awkwardly. For an indecent amount of time.The richest part of the story is Alek’s Armenian heritage and the foods that are richly described in the story. We actually went to an Armenian restaurant that evening to eat the food because it was described so beautifully in the book.There’s not much more to say. This book is perfect if you’re in the mood for lighthearted fun and a sweet story.I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This review and other like it appear on my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.
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  • Adam Silvera
    January 1, 1970
    Stayed up until 4 A.M. reading this. So good.
  • Blythe
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating is 4.5 stars, rounded up for the joy this book gave me.One Man Guy, with an apt acronym of OMG, is amazing; it really, truly is. From the first page to the last, we're thrust into this world of Alek, an LGBT teen finding himself, and it's all just so well written and developed I couldn't help but fall in love. This, my friends, is the LGBT book I've been waiting for but had yet to find. Of course, in a book like One Man Guy, character and relationship development are key, and here Actual rating is 4.5 stars, rounded up for the joy this book gave me.One Man Guy, with an apt acronym of OMG, is amazing; it really, truly is. From the first page to the last, we're thrust into this world of Alek, an LGBT teen finding himself, and it's all just so well written and developed I couldn't help but fall in love. This, my friends, is the LGBT book I've been waiting for but had yet to find. Of course, in a book like One Man Guy, character and relationship development are key, and here it's damn near perfection. For starters, before the relationship even truly begins, the development of Alek's character as he discovers himself is handled lightly but is believable and strongly written. The same goes for the romance that eventually begins between Alek and "drop out" Ethan, whom Alek has great chemistry with almost immediately. The romance is a slow burn and takes its time to develop, but once it gets going it's cute and swoony, and really all I could ask for in an LGBT romance. Not only that, but the dates in New York City were so much fun to read about, and might have been my favorite part of the novel. One Man Guy also features interesting and at times heartwarming family and friendship dynamics, and I loved seeing Alek's relationships with the members of his family and his best friend, Becky, evolve into something genuinely great and powerful. Family isn't something I find is usually highlighted in YA, at least with most of what I've read, so it was refreshing to see a novel in which the parents played an important part in the main character's life. All of the relationships, especially the ones between family members, were just so authentic. My only complaint would be some of the dialogue, largely in regards to Ethan's. The slang used by him is very forced and, in my opinion, unrealistic for teens, and I say this as someone who works with them. This is especially overwhelming in the first half, which is unfortunate because that's when we're first introduced to Ethan, so my first impression of him wasn't as positive as my impression of him by the end of the novel had been. However, as much as the awkward slang took me out of the momentum in the beginning, it was in lesser quantity towards the second half, so I was able to enjoy the rest of the novel entirely and for all its gloriousnessFor readers looking for an awesome and fresh LGBT romance, One Man Guy is one of your best bets this spring; it's as cute and fun as the bright yellow cover would imply, but at the same time is not afraid to focus on the more serious and important aspects concerning LGBT life and youth. With fantastic writing, diverse characters, surprisingly funny and also tender moments, One Man Guy is a thoroughly enjoyable read which I could not recommend more.
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  • Carlos De Eguiluz
    January 1, 1970
    3.5¿Poniéndome al corriente con mi literatura LGBT? Yup.Antes de comenzar a contarles porque este libro es importante, me gustaría comentarles un poco sobre lo que ocurre en esta historia.Entonces, Aleksander Khederian es armenio, y ser armenio es algo muy importante ¿okay?, no es algo que simplemente decides, como que te levantas una mañana y dices "Hey, quiero ser armenio". No, así no funciona. Tienes que nacer armenio para poder ser armenio. Tú. Sí, tú. Tú que lees esto, tú no puedes ser arme 3.5¿Poniéndome al corriente con mi literatura LGBT? Yup.Antes de comenzar a contarles porque este libro es importante, me gustaría comentarles un poco sobre lo que ocurre en esta historia.Entonces, Aleksander Khederian es armenio, y ser armenio es algo muy importante ¿okay?, no es algo que simplemente decides, como que te levantas una mañana y dices "Hey, quiero ser armenio". No, así no funciona. Tienes que nacer armenio para poder ser armenio. Tú. Sí, tú. Tú que lees esto, tú no puedes ser armenio. Okay no... jaja. El punto es que los poco convencionales padres de Alek revocaron su privilegio a un campamento de tenis al que él estaba ansioso por asistir, dado que no cumplía con las calificaciones que ellos esperaban, o sease que no entraba en el cuadro de honor. Atrapado todo el verano en la escuela suena como el fin del mundo, pero deja de serlo cuando el chico más genial y parte de los famosos "Dropouts" decide que quiere ser su amigo luego de salvarlo de ser golpeado por un enorme muchacho. Conforme avanza la historia vemos a Alek acercarse más y más a este jovencito, Ethan, hasta que, bueno, ya saben, no es un misterio que van a estar juntos ¿verdad? Ethan y Alek son completamente diferentes. Alek es sumiso en lo que respecta a sus padres y siempre sigue las reglas. Ethan no. Ethan impulsa a Alek ser valiente y tomar sus propias decisiones, y Alek le enseña a Ethan a ser una mejor persona.En lo personal, pienso que la historia es buena. Tengo que ser honesto. Reí, abracé mi almohada, e incluso tapicé sus paginas con banderitas post-its para recordar las citas. Sin embargo, creo que hubo momentos en que la historia estuvo un poco floja. Pero vamos, así es la vida. Y eso es lo bonito de este libro; que es real, tal y como la vida misma lo es.Para ser la primera novela de Michael Barkavia, pienso que estuvo bastante bien. Fue tierna, bonita y como dije antes, real. Pero hay un detalle aún más importante y que debo reconocer: Michael no sólo escribió una bonita historia, sino que, con palabras, logró transportarme a lugares a los que siempre he querido ir, me enseño sobre culturas que siempre he querido entender y me mostró como pueden llegar a funcionar las cosas en el mundo. Esto no me pasaba desde hace varios libros, y es reconfortante volverlo a hacer.
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  • Alona
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely amazing! This is a beautiful young adult story, and I mean YOUNG adult! Alek, the MC, is 14! so... if you are not into it, DON'T read it, you will end up not liking it and giving it a few stars less than it deserv, BUT you will also be missing out on an amazing read!Having said that, Alek is intelligent and very mature for his age that I totally did not feel like I was reading a 14 year old thoughts.This is Alek's story, and I love the way the author cleverly let us to really know him Absolutely amazing! This is a beautiful young adult story, and I mean YOUNG adult! Alek, the MC, is 14! so... if you are not into it, DON'T read it, you will end up not liking it and giving it a few stars less than it deserv, BUT you will also be missing out on an amazing read!Having said that, Alek is intelligent and very mature for his age that I totally did not feel like I was reading a 14 year old thoughts.This is Alek's story, and I love the way the author cleverly let us to really know him first, through his family, his day to day life, his belives, his thoughts and his witty conversations with his BFF Becky (I wish all teens had "a Becky" at their side).Alek is a good student, from a good family, that live by the rules and doing his best to be what his parents expect him to be.Then, we get to know Ethan, oh Ethan... ahem... where was I?... oh yes, Ethan! Ethan is the older guy, the cool boy, from "the wrong side". He hangs out with his "dropout" gang, skateboarding and drifting around.At the end of school year, Alek and Ethan find themselves in summer school together.Against the odds, they find in each other what they need and form a friendship that quickly transform into a beautiful romance.Barakiva, the author, doing a great job in introducing us to Alek's (and his own) Armenian heritage with humor and respect. You can truely feel his love to his history.I will strongly recommend this book for any one who want a beautiful, realistic read.
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/I haven’t been privy to such a horrible bunch of Armenian-Americans since . . . Sorry. I can’t. I crack myself up sometimes!THIS REVIEW GETS A BIT SPOILERY, SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISKI had super high hopes for One Man Guy. I love that YA books about coming out/being homosexual are becoming more prevalent. These stories and characters are LONG overdue. After reading the synopsis, I thought for sure I would love this little book much lik Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/I haven’t been privy to such a horrible bunch of Armenian-Americans since . . . Sorry. I can’t. I crack myself up sometimes!THIS REVIEW GETS A BIT SPOILERY, SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISKI had super high hopes for One Man Guy. I love that YA books about coming out/being homosexual are becoming more prevalent. These stories and characters are LONG overdue. After reading the synopsis, I thought for sure I would love this little book much like I did with Two Boys Kissing last year. And it started out okay – the pace was quick, the writing was decent and the budding relationship between Alek and Ethan was, for the most part, totes adorbs. (One complaint? Alek is 14, goes from not being sure if he’s gay to 100% full on gay, making out, taking clothes off, etc. with an older/waaaaay more experienced boy. Young people – it is okay to be confused about how you feel about people of the same and/or opposite sex. Just ‘cause someone makes the butterflies flutter in your tummy it does not mean you have to rush into anything before you are comfortable doing so.) Unfortunately, when it came to my enjoyment of the book as a whole I found I could not get past the scenes with Alek’s parents. The duo (mainly the mother) presented THE WORST stereotype of nationalism I’ve seen in ages. I spent so much time rolling my eyes into the back of my head due to their over-the-top buttholery with regards to their feelings of “these Americans” that it overshadowed what was supposed to be the real plot. Now, I’m 99% sure this was done intentionally in order to point out that being gay isn’t a problem, but having jerks for parents sometimes is - however, after spending so much time showing the reader examples of how the parents are always disappointed in Alek and how they hate nearly everything, when Alek gets caught in a compromising position that forces him out of the closet they’re A-Ok with it all . . . except for his choice of boyfriend. Srsly???? I highly doubt that would have been the case.Other positives about the story aside from those already mentioned? A most awesome best friend in the form of a rollerblading, Diet Dr. Pepper swilling, gal-pal named Becky and THE. BEST. Soundtrack in the form of Rufus Wainwright . . . People will know when they see this showThe kind of a guy I amThey'll recognize just what I stand for and what I just can't standThey'll perceive what I believe inAnd what I know is trueAnd they'll recognize I'm a one man guy Always was through and through I REALLY don’t like that I didn’t enjoy this one more : (
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  • Kaje Harper
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fast cute YA read. (I imagine that despite not having a name ending in "-ian" the author is Armenian himself - the little digs at Armenian culture sound like inside jokes. The kind of thing that's funny when coming from someone to whom they also apply.)This book is about Alek, a 14-year-old boy in an Armenian-American family. He's the second generation born in the US, but Armenian culture and history is still very pervasive in his home life. His mother in particular is determined to k This was a fast cute YA read. (I imagine that despite not having a name ending in "-ian" the author is Armenian himself - the little digs at Armenian culture sound like inside jokes. The kind of thing that's funny when coming from someone to whom they also apply.)This book is about Alek, a 14-year-old boy in an Armenian-American family. He's the second generation born in the US, but Armenian culture and history is still very pervasive in his home life. His mother in particular is determined to keep home-cooked food, respect for education, and hatred of all things Turkish (due to the Armenian genocide a hundred years ago), in the forefront of Alek's life.A few less-than-stellar grades in school have condemned Alek to summer school. His parents are adamant, in hope of his returning to the honors track in the fall. He would much rather be out working at tennis with teammates as he'd planned, but his parents don't give him the choice. On the positive side, one of the other students condemned to summer school misery is Ethan. Ethan is a little older, cool, confident, and hangs out with a bunch of bad-boy kids called the DOs (for dropouts, their expected fate.) He's also kind and fun, and makes it his mission to rescue Alek from rule-following boredom. As they spend time together, Alek discovers that the DOs are more human than he'd expected, and that his feelings for Ethan are more confusing than he ever could have imagined.Alek has only dated a couple of girls, and at 14 he hasn't really thought much about exactly why. His best friend Becky is a girl who is more fun than any of the guys he's hung out with. But when it comes to who he wants to kiss, Alek needs some time to figure things out.This book is sweet, light fun about a boy discovering who he is. There is a refreshing minimum of homophobic bullying, although Alek has to worry about his tradition-oriented and progeny-obsessed family community. The Armenian touches (complete with recipes at the end) are fun and give it a unique flavor. Some elements are a bit overdone (Becky's parents in particular) and the plot conclusion is a little neat. But on the whole I enjoyed this.There is no on-page sex, but there is plot mention of sex by a 15 year old, and the suggestion of it for Alek at 14. I don't feel it was either over-emphasized or unrealistic, given what the gay guys I know have told me about their varied high school years. I thought the developing relationship between Alek and Ethan was very well done, and I would recommend this book to YA readers.
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  • Thyago | MrsMargotBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Awww... This is so teenager, but so beautiful. I'll admit I'm a lame person. I love a story that has a happy ending, which makes me smile from ear to ear. I liked this book, the story of Alek and Ethan, reminded me of my teenage years and how we wish to live a beautiful relationship, innocent, pure and passionate inside the school gates, I never had this opportunity, but I loved having a vision of how it would have been through One Man Guy.
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  • Experiment BL626
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book up because the book description promised humor and romance, and I love humor and romance. Not to mention the book cover was cheery yellow. Sure enough, the book was accurate as advertised. I had worried how the theme of homophobia would be presented because I didn't want Alek and Ethan to get hurt. I didn't want to read something sad especially when the book promised humor. I still recall the disappointment of How to Repair a Mechanical Heart. Thankfully, the theme of acceptan I picked this book up because the book description promised humor and romance, and I love humor and romance. Not to mention the book cover was cheery yellow. Sure enough, the book was accurate as advertised. I had worried how the theme of homophobia would be presented because I didn't want Alek and Ethan to get hurt. I didn't want to read something sad especially when the book promised humor. I still recall the disappointment of How to Repair a Mechanical Heart. Thankfully, the theme of acceptance put my worries to rest.+ the charactersAs I followed Alek's narration, I couldn't help but think about my teenage years. Alek made several bad decisions such as cutting class and lying to his parents. However, I found it pretty hard to condemn him for his decisions because it would be the pot calling the kettle black. As I judged Alek, I also judged myself. I cringed as my memories threw out all the stupid things I did on the front stage of my mind. I know one does not need the moral high ground to point out something that is outright stupid, but I still cringed regardless.I had little problem judging Ethan, though. Heh. While most of the blame is upon Alek, Ethan was no innocent. Ethan was awesome for saving Alek from a bully, but it didn't change the fact that he was a bad boy cliche. He was part of a clique called D.O., which is short for Drop Outs and self-explanatory. The D.O. were the last classmates Alek should be hanging out with. If Alek wasn't easily influenced I wouldn't have cared, but he was. Ethan led Alek on the same prospectless path. I liked that Ethan was broadening Alek's world horizon, but they could have done it without delinquency.Finally, Ethan wasn't sensitive to Alek's needs, which I found highly ironic. Ethan was making the same mistake with Alek as his selfish ex-boyfriend made with him. I didn't care for Ethan for most of the book, but in the end he won my heart as he won Alek's. Alek and Ethan were flawed enough to be believable, but smart enough to realize their mistakes so the story was not frustrating to read. I liked that they were portrayed as teenagers who made stupid mistakes and not stupid teenagers being stupid. Honorable mention is Becky, Alek's best friend. I saw the misunderstanding with her a mile away. I'm glad it was quickly fixed. I was relieved she stayed a true friend and supported Alek throughout the book. I loved how bluntly she pointed out that Alek had a crush on Ethan immediately after Alek told her about his new friendship with Ethan. It was funny how Alek could be so oblivious about himself and other people.+ the plotIn the beginning, Alek's Armenian heritage was the source of his teenage drama. Alek's family was high-maintenance, and they had high expectations for their children, Alek and his big brother Nik. But later Alek came to realize that as much as the heritage was a pain in the neck for him, it was an important part of his identity and pride. Because of Alek, I learned a bunch about the Armenian history, culture, and food — especially the food. Warning: do not read this book on an empty stomach.The romance was slow and nice for one that had several red flags because Alek made bad decisions. The ending was a HEA, which pleasantly surprised me. The most I expected was an Okay For Now ending, not even a Happy For Now ending, because it is a Young Adult contemporary. It was a little unbelievable how quickly some of the characters reconciled, but I confess I didn't care. The one thing that book dropped the ball on was the bullying. It was unbelievable that Alek and the bully were on good term after the incident. But based on the many things the book could have dropped the ball on and the overwhelming theme of reconciliation, I let it slide.ConclusionI rate One Man Guy 4-stars for I really liked it. I bumped the book up a star because it left a big grin on my face at the end, unlike How to Repair a Mechanical Heart. For a book that simply promised humor and romance, it delivered a lot more than humor and romance. There were themes of family, friendship, acceptance, and reconciliation to list a few. And then there was the HEA, which was icing on the cake. I can totally imagine the book as a romantic comedy movie.
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  • no
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 4%the cover is beautiful but i kinda hate everybody so bye bye book (don't get discouraged by this, y'all it's probably a very good book I'm just not in the mood for it)
  • Gail Carriger
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet coming of age story about a young man from an Armenian family. This book is full of contracts between our hero and his friends and his overly strict family. However, there is clearly lots of love. One of my favorite things is how much of the story revolves around food. Also, it is a love ode to New York City (which as a Left Coaster I'm kinda, well, over). At times the story did feel a little twee or pat. Some books are like five point essays, too perfect in form to feel inspirational. I A sweet coming of age story about a young man from an Armenian family. This book is full of contracts between our hero and his friends and his overly strict family. However, there is clearly lots of love. One of my favorite things is how much of the story revolves around food. Also, it is a love ode to New York City (which as a Left Coaster I'm kinda, well, over). At times the story did feel a little twee or pat. Some books are like five point essays, too perfect in form to feel inspirational. I was left feeling I had an informative read, and I genuinely liked the book, but I wasn't transformed.
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  • KatieMc
    January 1, 1970
    This was a perfectly pleasant 3-star YA mm story that pairs a teen from a culturally immersed Armenian family with a slightly older teen who seems to have minimal parental presence. There were messages about love and acceptance and doing the right thing. There were misunderstandings and conflicted loyalties. For the story backdrop, the angst level was relatively low. The Armenian food described sounded delicious. I had one small fit of rage when reading caused by something that Ethan did and the This was a perfectly pleasant 3-star YA mm story that pairs a teen from a culturally immersed Armenian family with a slightly older teen who seems to have minimal parental presence. There were messages about love and acceptance and doing the right thing. There were misunderstandings and conflicted loyalties. For the story backdrop, the angst level was relatively low. The Armenian food described sounded delicious. I had one small fit of rage when reading caused by something that Ethan did and the non-existent reaction of Alek. This plot point is not significant to the story in any way, but it really chapped me since there was Alek as all about doing the RIGHT thing. ½ star deducted!No story spoilers, but if you want to know what happened that torqued me (view spoiler)[While milling around a Barnes & Noble, Ethan takes an expensive looking book, carries it around for a while, and then proceeds a cashier to return it, claiming it was a gift and he didn't have a receipt. He got a store credit and gave it to Alek. Alek doesn't say anything about it which I found inconsistent with his character. I'm sorry, but what Ethan did was shoplifting, plain and simple. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Vitor Martins
    January 1, 1970
    Esse livro me surpreendeu de um jeito muito positivo.Tinha tudo pra ser mais uma historinha de amor entre o menino certinho e o bad boy da escola, mas o autor criou um plano de fundo cultural muito interessante!Sem contar que o livro me ensinou um monte de coisas sobre a cultura armênia (SÓ EU NÃO SABIA QUE A KIM KARDASHIAN É ARMÊNIA?).Bom demais ler mais um livro com personagens gays e uma história otimista. Adorei :D
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  • Michael Araujo
    January 1, 1970
    Here’s the deal with this book. I wanted to love it, I really did! But I just couldn’t. And if you don’t want to be spoiled, turn around for I shall spoil, but if you don’t care then do continue on.The story follows this freshman, going into sophmore year, by the name of Alek and Alek has never really thought about his sexuality until he meets skater boy Ethan. Alek also comes from a very traditional Armenian family who think that Americans are messy and if it's not Armenian then it isn't the ri Here’s the deal with this book. I wanted to love it, I really did! But I just couldn’t. And if you don’t want to be spoiled, turn around for I shall spoil, but if you don’t care then do continue on.The story follows this freshman, going into sophmore year, by the name of Alek and Alek has never really thought about his sexuality until he meets skater boy Ethan. Alek also comes from a very traditional Armenian family who think that Americans are messy and if it's not Armenian then it isn't the right way. With a little bit of curiosity and a whole lot of messiness, Alek and Ethan become this thing and that's where this book hits the fan.I didn't have a problem with the whole "Armenian's are superior" ordeal the family was doing because trust me, I have traditional Portuguese parents who think that Portuguese food is the only way to go. I actually liked reading about the Armenian lifestyle, even if the parents did piss me off at times. The Armenian characters themselves seemed a bit one dimensional in the beginning until the end when things starting "picking up." It was almost as if their only purpose in the book was to show how much they think Americans basically suck.Aside from that, the book spoke a lot about the rivalry between the Armenian people and the Turkish and referenced a war between the two that happened many years ago. I thought it was an amazing thing to add, if it hadn't felt childish. The way it was handled and the way the characters were acting towards each other, it was almost done in a kiddish way instead of having them being serious which ruined the experience for me. I felt like it could have been better handled and even done a bit more serious to show the complications and the hatred between the two. But the one thing that bothered me the most, had to be the "love" story between Ethan and Alek. Ethan could not be any worse of a boyfriend to this poor kid who's discovering himself. This is where my little rant starts. The first sign I saw was Ethan using the f word. By f word, I mean the derogatory word used against gay men. I was never bothered by the word but recently it's really started getting to me hearing it from people. And I know a lot of people have a "gay people can use it" mentality but I just think it's a disgusting word.So when Ethan uses it I'm like here we go. "Rufus is a homo, so his music is really popular with f****ts" Upon hearing this Alek is quickly uncomfortable, as am I, and his mood goes down as they're on this date. Alek brings this up, and this stupid ass Ethan, AGAIN has the balls to say, "When you're, like, a member of a certain..." "That's why it's okay for me to use the word..." Let me put it this way. Take the N-word. It's a word filled with hatred towards a race. People use it all the time to tear others down. While there are some people who use it between each other who are black, it's not a word everyone likes and doesn't change the fact that it has horrible power. Regardless what race or sexuality or gender, certain words have a power that can tear others down. And regardless who is using them, it's still hurtful. If Ethan were in front of me I would've beat him with my book. The reason he uses it, and the mentality he has about using a derogatory word was so stupid and just UGH! Right there I didn't like this guy and was all like Alek baby, run. Save yourself. But it just got worse. Ethan started saying how in the gay community, it's normal to be in an open relationship or cheat. And it was like every word and sentence he said made me face palm myself until it burned. But what pissed me off the most, was how he treated Alek. Now Ethan had this guy who he loved and who just left so he's very emotional and I know how that is. I've been there myself. I don't blame him for that. But he treated Alek like shit. In one scene they go thrift shopping to change the way Alek dresses and they see this Green Lantern shirt which Alek starts geeking over. And I thought it was adorable his inner geek was coming out, and Ethan responds with, "Whatever." And then proceeds to do this several times through out the scene, just shutting down Alek and everything he likes.Now you might be wondering, what if the way Ethan is was on purpose and the book is about a bad relationship. I've thought about that but it honestly didn't feel like that at all. I very much would love for it to be that but it just doesn't feel that way. I feel like Ethan is this jackass who Alek and the readers are made to love. He gets Alek to cut from school, gets him to change himself, and gets him to go against his parents. But what gets to me the most is that I don't even think they end up together at the end! As Alek leans to kiss Ethan, it mentions two trains moving in opposite directions and it ends right there. If that's not symbolism for Alek learned his shit and left this dude, then I don't know what is. Like I said, I really wanted to love this book, and I kind of enjoyed it, but Ethan just bothered me so much and is the sole reason for this review. I could've gone into more things but I really just wanted to get my hate for him off my chest!
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  • Dov Zeller
    January 1, 1970
    Some spoilers in this review, so if you haven't read the book you may not want to read it. :)A mostly sweet suburban coming of age and love story with great cooking and several visits to Manhattan, including a free weekday morning Rufus Wainwright concert in Central Park. Alek and Ethan, who wind up in summer school together, find that despite their many differences, they have a lot in common (as long as Alek has a total urban makeover.) Ethan is a short-boarder who hangs out with other skaters, Some spoilers in this review, so if you haven't read the book you may not want to read it. :)A mostly sweet suburban coming of age and love story with great cooking and several visits to Manhattan, including a free weekday morning Rufus Wainwright concert in Central Park. Alek and Ethan, who wind up in summer school together, find that despite their many differences, they have a lot in common (as long as Alek has a total urban makeover.) Ethan is a short-boarder who hangs out with other skaters, scrappy, nervy, apparently very out as gay in his school, which seems to be a big deal, though at the same time no one seems to care at all and Alek has no idea Ethan dates guys until Ethan tells him. Alek is a frustrated youngest son in a strict, traditional (and yet not homophobic at all? and okay with Alek dating a non-Armenian person?) Armenian family, whose older brother is by-the-book-perfect, though also a fawning (toward his parents) arrogant jerk. Alek feels that no one in his family gets him and there is nothing he can do to live up to his brother's reputation. He is doomed to a kind of frustrated silence speckled with ongoing sarcastic commentary (which gets old after a while). It wasn't clear to me what drew Ethan and Alek together. And everything fell apart and then resolved with a little too much simplicity. That said, I was happy to be reading a cute queer YA love story so I just did my best to enjoy. This isn't a terribly unique or realistic story. You have the gay protagonist, his feisty best girl friend with whom he watches a lot of movies and has a failed moment of romance. And who knows he's gay before he does. Trips to New York during which openly affectionate queer people are seen for the first time and extreme fashion changes happen...Not super deep or well-written, but refreshingly light-hearted and enjoyable.
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  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    January 1, 1970
    An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.The first scene is something memorable. I have never met anyone so specific to order things off the menu like this and I was appalled that some people would order like this. That’s crazy! But judging from the familial relationships, I knew it was setting up for something in the end.I was completely invested in the story between the two boys. An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.The first scene is something memorable. I have never met anyone so specific to order things off the menu like this and I was appalled that some people would order like this. That’s crazy! But judging from the familial relationships, I knew it was setting up for something in the end.I was completely invested in the story between the two boys. Here’s a boy who didn’t know what he liked during his teen years, confused and disheartened he goes through his days in the best way possible. I really love seeing them hang out and be together and see how he dealt with society who judges people based on how they look instead of who they are. I loved Ethan’s free spirit and he was a perfect guy who showed Alex the ropes. He was proud to be himself and didn’t care what anyone thought. His friends were also too funny and so nice. Alex’s family was even more interesting after the fact that he didn’t know how they would react to his “coming-out.” And I really commend them and it showed how remarkable we can take family for granted.I also have to mention how much the Armenian food was sprinkled throughout the pages. It made me hungry and now I want to try some of these wonderful dishes that were talked about it in the book. Cultural diversity and a boy-boy romance in one? Grab this one and feel the cute little feels that I felt while reading it.This ended up expiring on me and I was so close to the end, so even though I didn’t read the rest of the e-ARC, I found the book at the store and read the end there lol
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  • Ksenia
    January 1, 1970
    Oh how I enjoyed this book. And so swoonworthy! Loved the fact that Alek was Armenian because I could totally relate (in a Polish way), in regards to having parents and family that rely on upholding traditions from the Old World.
  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsTry as I might, I can only think of several YA books with LGBTQ main characters that really took my breath away. In fact, I can probably count them on my fingers. (Not that I need my fingers to count, people! I suck at math, but not that much!) While this saddens me for so many reasons, it’s comforting to see more and more being written every day. And besides, the novels we do have are all pretty spectacular. Just think: Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz; Brooklyn, Burning by Steve B 3.5 starsTry as I might, I can only think of several YA books with LGBTQ main characters that really took my breath away. In fact, I can probably count them on my fingers. (Not that I need my fingers to count, people! I suck at math, but not that much!) While this saddens me for so many reasons, it’s comforting to see more and more being written every day. And besides, the novels we do have are all pretty spectacular. Just think: Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz; Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff, the spectacular Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford; the Printz medalist Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz; and, (this I’m assuming because I haven’t read it yet) The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth.*Naturally, when I discovered One Man Guy, I hoped with all my heart that it would find its place among these brilliant novels. Unfortunately, it fell just a little bit short. It was lighthearted, funny, but not memorable enough, and certainly not set to become a classic. A worthy attempt with something missing. In that, it reminded me of Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. The plot is actually pretty straightforward: young Alek meets Ethan, a boy from school and his complete opposite, and starts having feelings towards him. These feelings lead him to conclude that he is not, in fact, straight. Alek doesn’t spend too much time struggling with this fact. He is open-minded by nature and once he connects the dots, he just accepts things for what they are. That fact alone made me like him very much. Overall, Alek is a fascinatingly realistic character – a bit younger than I’m used to, but honest, with typical teen anger issues and insecurities. However, while I liked Alek very much, I found his relationship with Ethan just a bit too disappointing. Ethan influenced Alek in ways I didn’t particularly like and their dynamic, colored by Ethan’s previous relationship with an older boyfriend, wasn’t something my heart could get behind.Actually, the LGBTQ theme wasn’t what I appreciated most about this novel. Instead, I was thrilled by the intercultural undertones and the lightly satirical portrayal of Armenian culture. System of a Down has been my favorite band for over 15 year so I’ve made it a point to learn as much as I could about the Armenian genocide, but their culture, things like Armenian cuisine and mentality, remain a mystery to me. It was interesting to see it through Alek’s eyes, colored by his mixed feelings of pride and teen rebellion. Overall, One Man Guy is a noteworthy debut that left me determined to read whatever else Michael Barakiva writes. There’s room for improvement, sure, but his writing is filled with honesty and warmth one can’t help but appreciate.*There are, of course, others likeBoy Meets Boy or Pink - great books, but not personal favorites. Feel free to mention more in the comments.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    ***Audiobook*** A cute YA story. I learned a lot about the Armenian culture. Very good narration, enjoyed this audiobook!
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random LifeI received an advance reader edition of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.3 StarsThis was an OK book. When I saw this book on Net Galley, I checked the reviews on Goodreads and saw that everyone seemed to LOVE this book. I was so excited to get the chance to sit down with it myself because I wanted to love it too. I love a good coming of age story as much as anyone This review can also be found at Carole's Random LifeI received an advance reader edition of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.3 StarsThis was an OK book. When I saw this book on Net Galley, I checked the reviews on Goodreads and saw that everyone seemed to LOVE this book. I was so excited to get the chance to sit down with it myself because I wanted to love it too. I love a good coming of age story as much as anyone else. I did not love it. To be perfectly honest, this is probably going to be one of those books that I have read that I will not even be able to remember much of in a few months. Alek is a 14 year old Armenian boy. I loved the fact that Alek's Armenian culture played a huge role in this book. I would actually say that this aspect is the strongest point of the book. Alek's parents decide that he will have to attend summer school because they want him to be on the honor track in high school. During summer school, Alek crosses paths with Ethan.Alek is best friends with Becky, whose character I found to be the most interesting in this book. Becky is a free spirit who is not afraid to go for what she wants, and she thinks she might want Alek. During an awkward encounter, Becky learns that those feelings are not mutual.It turns out that Alek has never thought about whether he might be gay but he is attracted to Ethan after spending some time with him. The pair spend a lot of time together over the course of the summer and become a couple. Alek's very traditional parents are very supportive of the fact that their son is gay. While I think that this is wonderful, I do not feel that it fits in with their personality as written. These are parents who have not allowed their son to pick out his own clothes in the past. I just do not see this type of parent being as supportive as they were in this story. This was a book that left me wanting a bit more. Alek was able to come to terms with his sexuality with no issues. I think that in most cases, there would have been a lot more difficulty in coming out. Everything in the book wrapped up quite easily in the end. In my opinion, it was a little too easy and not authentic. This book had some strong points and some not so strong points. I ended up finding it a somewhat enjoyable quick read.
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  • Joy (joyous reads)
    January 1, 1970
    “Because anyone who thinks there is something wrong with being gay is like those people you read about in History who believed in segregation. But I bet you Ethan cares, because it sounds to me like he has a crush on you, too.” – Chapter 9, page 107Imagine for a moment that you’re a fourteen-year-old boy. Your parents just told you that you will be doing summer school, not because you failed, but because your grades could be better. Your parents, who has the combined obsessive tenacity of Rain M “Because anyone who thinks there is something wrong with being gay is like those people you read about in History who believed in segregation. But I bet you Ethan cares, because it sounds to me like he has a crush on you, too.” – Chapter 9, page 107Imagine for a moment that you’re a fourteen-year-old boy. Your parents just told you that you will be doing summer school, not because you failed, but because your grades could be better. Your parents, who has the combined obsessive tenacity of Rain Man if Rain Man has a twin brother, insist on keeping the tradition, the culture, the civility of a good Armenian family. You have very little choice but to go.You then find out that the school’s infamous D.O. [drop out] would also be taking the summer classes with you along with his company of rejects. But maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. After all, he did save you from a beat-down. In fact, he looked a little worst-for-wear on the first day of summer school. Clearly, Ethan at least, is chivalrous and kind to defend you. Then you started hanging out with him; started cutting class, even. You discovered a world outside the rigorous, traditions instilled at your home.It wasn’t smooth-sailing at first; for a moment, you thought he was embarrassed to be your friend. But he surprises you again! He is a full, out of the closet gay boy who hangs out with a crowd that you’ve apparently misjudged. Ethan is the coolest boy you know; he dresses nicely; he is funny. He knows the best way to enjoy New York City in under $10. He likes Rufus Wainright, and art museums. Why would he possibly want to hang out with you?Soon, your friendly feelings toward Ethan becomes an inexplicable, complicated thing. Is this a crush? But you’re not gay! How could you possibly have a crush on a boy when you’re a straight boy yourself? And you’re only fourteen! And you’ve had crushes on girls; you’ve even kissed a girl before. Shouldn’t you know right away if you were gay?Thus is the story of these two boys; one lived in a carefully protected world, ensconced by his family’s constant need to conform in the small community of Armenians in New Jersey. And the other, a free spirited boy, who’d learned the pain of a broken heart at such a young age. Their story is one of the sweetest, awkwardly romantic LGBT book I’ve read so far. Funny as it is heartfelt, and inspirational in its honesty.
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  • Ashley Williams
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved One Man Guy! It was swoony and sweet, but there was an underlying complexity of family issues and culture bias that just moves you. The Author Writes: If you are from the suburbs of New Jersey, or love New York City, the music of Rufus Wainwright, falling in love, summer, tennis, or even a single Armenian, I think you will enjoy my book.I find that I don't fall into most of that category, I have never met an Armenian (but now I want to), don't really like tennis (unless swooni I absolutely loved One Man Guy! It was swoony and sweet, but there was an underlying complexity of family issues and culture bias that just moves you. The Author Writes: If you are from the suburbs of New Jersey, or love New York City, the music of Rufus Wainwright, falling in love, summer, tennis, or even a single Armenian, I think you will enjoy my book.I find that I don't fall into most of that category, I have never met an Armenian (but now I want to), don't really like tennis (unless swooning over someone), I don't know who Rufus Wainwright is, and I am a mom from Indiana, and know nothing of NY or NJ. Simply put, I loved the love story! It was so sweet, while having a bit of an angsty side. It was also a simple love, two boys meet and they fall in love. I also loved the way the author handled the LGBT aspect of the book, and I think that it could encourage anyone struggling with the issue, that it'll be okay. If you family loves you, then your sexuality won't be a problem. I like how this book sparked interest for me. I now want to find a way to try Armenian food, and learn a bit more about their culture. I may even make the recipe in the back of the book!One minor issue I had with this book, is I wish the MC were a bit older than 14. It seems in some parts that the situation gets a little heated, if the scene would have gone much further, I would've felt slimy. Also, it seemed that Alek just decided one day to be gay, there was not a lot of thought behind it, no inner turmoil. Of course, he was scared to come out to his parents and kids at school, but it really didn't seem to give him issues, though, it may have taken away from the lightness of the book.Overall, I totally enjoyed this read! It was light, fun, and romantic, but it also dealt with some tough decisions.
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  • ☆ Todd
    January 1, 1970
    Ehhh. I've read tons and tons of YA and, while this story did hold my interest, for the most part, it only ended up being about a 3-star read for me.There was just so much 'Armenian this' and 'Armenian that' going on in the book that it came across, to me, as pretty heavy handed, becoming more of a focus to the story than the actual relation and feelings between Alek and Ethan, who I actually did like a lot.The opening restaurant scene for the story, with Alek's family tormenting that poor waitr Ehhh. I've read tons and tons of YA and, while this story did hold my interest, for the most part, it only ended up being about a 3-star read for me.There was just so much 'Armenian this' and 'Armenian that' going on in the book that it came across, to me, as pretty heavy handed, becoming more of a focus to the story than the actual relation and feelings between Alek and Ethan, who I actually did like a lot.The opening restaurant scene for the story, with Alek's family tormenting that poor waitress, was flat out hilarious, but after that the humorous parts sort of petered out.Also, the ending, where Alek's uber-traditional parents finally grow a brain, seemed a bit too easy and unrealistic, after seeing their previous, stringent behavior regarding pretty much *everything* in their sons' lives.So a good story, but not great, in my opinion. I definitely wanted more genuine romance between Alek and Ethan, leaving me with at least a bit stronger HFN than what I got.
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  • Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book from Russell for Christmas.This is a story of a 14 year old Armenian American boy who comes out (as you can probably tell from the title.) The book is really sweet and handles coming out deftly. In a post-coming out world, where it's not the big deal it used to be, I thought the author handled this very well. It felt natural and honest. Armenian heritage, prejudice and culture play a strong role. I feel some of the information about Armenia and Armenian culture was a little force I got this book from Russell for Christmas.This is a story of a 14 year old Armenian American boy who comes out (as you can probably tell from the title.) The book is really sweet and handles coming out deftly. In a post-coming out world, where it's not the big deal it used to be, I thought the author handled this very well. It felt natural and honest. Armenian heritage, prejudice and culture play a strong role. I feel some of the information about Armenia and Armenian culture was a little forced and didn't feel as natural. But I didn't know a lot about Armenia so it was interesting to read about. It just felt a tad explain-y. Contrasting homosexuality, coming out and gay culture with Armenian culture in America was a really smart move and was done really well.This is a great YA book. It's sweet and sincere without being too sappy. There are some surprises and it avoids being cliche. This doesn't have the emotional impact of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" or "The Fault in Our Stars" but I don't think that was the goal. It was just a good story that was well written and you feel good at the end. I wish there were more books like this out there. I hope the author writes more.
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  • Amber (bookstacksamber)
    January 1, 1970
    Alek's parents were so over the top that I couldn't help but laugh. I think they were my favorite part. I really enjoyed reading about their family dynamic, and learning more about what made them act the way they do. I'm glad we got to see more from Nik, Alek's older brother, because I was intrigued by him at the beginning and didn't know much about him for awhile. This was definitely a character driven book, which I really liked.
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  • Krissy
    January 1, 1970
    Adorbs. Great mother/daughter buddy read. My Rating: 3 starsMy Daughter's Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    January 1, 1970
    "And did you feel like, 'This is it!?' Did music swell and fireworks explode and did you think to yourself,'This is what a kiss is supposed to feel like?'""It was like ice cream.""I worked at DQ. Trust me, it's not like ice cream.""No, I mean it's like all my life I've been eating frozen yogurt. And kissing boys is ice cream." This was a cute little love story. It was humorous, had a diverse cast (Armenian!!!), and was a great, snappy read. I had a few issues with it (there were a few things ab "And did you feel like, 'This is it!?' Did music swell and fireworks explode and did you think to yourself,'This is what a kiss is supposed to feel like?'""It was like ice cream.""I worked at DQ. Trust me, it's not like ice cream.""No, I mean it's like all my life I've been eating frozen yogurt. And kissing boys is ice cream." This was a cute little love story. It was humorous, had a diverse cast (Armenian!!!), and was a great, snappy read. I had a few issues with it (there were a few things about Ethan I had issues with) but they weren't too distracting from the book itself.I spent a few years in Turkey (the sworn enemy of the Armenian people) so the culture and food mentioned in the book was fantastic to re-experience, especially from the opposite perspective. That was easily one of, if not my absolute favorite parts of this book. I loved getting to read about characters who aren't what I would call "the stereotypical European potluck." It was refreshing.Alek's voice was sassy and honest, if not a tad immature at times. However, he is 14, so he's excused to act like a tween every once in a while. I enjoyed many elements of Ethan as well, but had an issue with the way he seemed to always be pushing Alek toward changing things about himself even though Alek was on board with the changes. It felt like while he did love Alek, he also loved what he thought Alek would become at his prodding more than he loved the current reality of Alek. This is the nitpicking I chose to use to reduce my rating from four stars to three. Don't worry though; this was really the only issue I had with this book. If not for these details, this would have been a solid four star read.I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a unique ownvoices read that will be witty and honest until the very end. I'm happy I finally got around to reading this one. :)
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  • Ulysses Dietz
    January 1, 1970
    So, the last two YA/LGBT books I’ve read have been wonderful. Michael Barakiva is not, apparently, Armenian, but he seems to be able to channel not only Armenian-American culture, but suburban New Jersey culture like a pro.Aleksander Khederian is fourteen. He is a good boy, but beginning to rebel against the strict upbringing imposed upon him by his American-born Armenian parents. And I can see why, because they seem like really hard-ass parents. Although great cooks. Then, one day, Alek lets hi So, the last two YA/LGBT books I’ve read have been wonderful. Michael Barakiva is not, apparently, Armenian, but he seems to be able to channel not only Armenian-American culture, but suburban New Jersey culture like a pro.Aleksander Khederian is fourteen. He is a good boy, but beginning to rebel against the strict upbringing imposed upon him by his American-born Armenian parents. And I can see why, because they seem like really hard-ass parents. Although great cooks. Then, one day, Alek lets his curiosity draw him through the tunnel beneath the railroad tracks at his local suburban station (trains matter a lot in this book). He symbolically and literally crosses to the other side of the track, where he encounters Ethan Novick, a “bad boy” from his school. When Ethan rescues him from the bullying of one the other skaters in his posse, a little spark is struck, and that spark will ignite a new view of the world for Alek. Michael Barakiva is a lovely writer. Smart and gentle, he is slyly humorous, but never dodges the pain that is at the core of adolescence or the mixed blessing of a devoted, protective family. Alek’s relationship with his family is fraught with love and frustration, and it only gets more complicated as the fairly simple narrative unreels. Once Ethan is in the mix, the reader can see the inevitable explosion coming, and yet nothing happens in quite the way we expect it to. The YA convention of the female best friend is both honored and transcended in the person of Becky. She is as wise as she is sassy, and in a way that feels entirely plausible for a fourteen year old girl. Her role in the story is not really a catalyst, but more of a solo-Greek-chorus, with a little bit of the sibyl thrown in. The book’s fantastically deft treatment of teenage sexuality clearly demonstrates how much things have changed since I was in high school.
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