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Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. Why bother, when their home cooking is far superior to anything “these Americans” could come up with?

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 freshmen year of high school. He never could have predicted that he would meet someone like Ethan. Ethan is everything Alek wishes he were: confident, free-spirited, and irreverent. When Ethan gets Alek to cut school and go to a Rufus Wainwright concert in New York City’s Central Park, Alek embarks on his first adventure outside the confines of his suburban New Jersey existence. 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.

Michael Barakiva’s One Man Guy is a romantic, moving, laugh-out-loud funny story about what happens when one person cracks open your world and helps you see everything—and, most of all, yourself—like you never have before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Barakiva avoids stereotypes and clichés to create a sweet portrait of nascent adolescent love between two boys growing up and finding themselves (with some help from nearby New York City).”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The events in this coming-of-age novel move a little too quickly to be fully realized, and some of the secondary characters are two-dimensional. However, Alek’s character is well developed. He’s a likable teen who remains true to himself throughout; he stands up for what he believes in, even if it means upsetting the people he cares about. The story will appeal to both young people who are just discovering their own sexuality and readers who enjoy a good budding romance.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Barakiva’s first novel is at once a sweet-spirited love story and a sometimes didactic primer on Armenian life and culture in America. The reader learns, for example, that if you’re Armenian, you only go to an Armenian Orthodox Church, you must love chess and classical music, and the kitchen and ethnic cuisine are the pride of every Armenian household. More serious is the attention given to the early-twentieth-century Armenian Holocaust and the visceral memories it stirs. The Armenian content adds flavor and texture to what would otherwise be a fairly typical gay love story.”

    Booklist

  • “Barakiva’s debut is well-wrought and realistic…and it’s entertaining.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Feel-good, bubblegum romance…Hand this one to those who’ve already gone through Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy and Kluger’s My Most Excellent Year."

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Narrator Michael Chernus perfectly portrays Alek’s frustrated but submissive responses to his rigid, driving, overprotective Armenian parents…Contrasting Alek’s high-pressure existence with Ethan’s casual nature, Chernus captures the challenging way Ethan encourages Alek to experience freedom…Using an Armenian accent, Chernus gives verisimilitude to Alek’s Armenian household and the horrific history his ancestors faced. These details give the plot an unusual angle and add uniqueness to Alek’s love story.”

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