One Man Guy

One Man Guy

Book - 2014
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"When Alek's high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways."--Title Page verso.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, ©2014
ISBN: 9780374356453
Branch Call Number: BARAKIV
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 22 cm


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"When Alek's high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways."--Title Page verso.

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Dec 29, 2019

A good, cute gay read to lift the spirits of all the LGBT+ people out there who are tired of reading about the tragedy of being who we are.

Nov 09, 2019

This book was rather enjoyable. It’s easy to read and something to pick up if you don’t want to make a strong commitment to reading a book. The writing style is rather simple, but the story is interesting and does keep your intrigue. I liked the main character, Alek, and his family, especially coming from a family of immigrants myself I found them to be a relatable aspect of the story. The book is really light and doesn’t take anything too seriously, even if maybe it would benefit from it at some parts. Overall I would recommend for a quick and easy read, but not if searching for much depth. Rating: 3/5 -@ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 13, 2017

I went into this expecting a simple LGBTQ+ love story, and I got so much more!

There was so much diversity throughout the book. I learned about a culture that I didn't even know existed, and I was so impressed with the author's portrayal of Alek-as well as all the other characters.

This story was both humorous and very touching.

ArapahoeStaff1 Feb 15, 2017

So many incredible elements to this story! From LGBTQ topics to culturally diverse topics to normal teen life, this book covers a lot of ground, and the author does a phenomenal job addressing everything. I also really appreciate that Barakiva chronicled Alek's whole experience of realizing he is gay, how he comes out to his parents, his first love, and his relationship with his best friend. If you want the WHOLE story, this is the book for you!

ArapahoeLesley Nov 17, 2016

How sweet. A great easy read with excellent moral value.

Jul 17, 2016

My Big Fat Armenian Coming-Out, basically. A good, quick read, and it's always nice to have more queer stories that aren't heavy.

Daniel Philippe
Jun 17, 2015

I found that this book was definitely a surprise for me. It had it's moments and there were some really exciting moments, but, as with most books, it did have it's down periods. I would definitely recommend this book to any LGBTQ youth or anyone interested in a great read!

A sweet, touching story about a boy named Alek who sparks and unlikely friendship with a boy named Ethan. When Alek’s family goes on holiday, leaving him behind, Alek has more freedom than he ever dreamed of. The two boys start spending more time together and romance blossoms. This is a heartwarming book about first love. - RY

FindingJane Dec 11, 2014

This is a genial, coming-out novel where, oddly enough, the sexuality of its protagonist provides the least of his problems. The author is of Armenian/Israeli descent and a strong sense of this background forms the basis for this novel. Tradition matters and Alek wants to keep his while striving to fit in amongst his new friends. That being said, his rebellion is rather mild and, as stated, his homosexuality doesn’t present a real problem to anybody but himself.

The central themes of this book are family and culture: the myriad types that exist and the baggage that they pass down to their unwilling progeny. The language is solid, the characters lively and the action is entirely believable throughout the chapters.

It’s a refreshing change to see a YA protagonist that doesn't have to deal with bullying about being gay and shows that we really are living in a world that is changing, hopefully for the better.

indigo_fish_10 Dec 06, 2014

I read the whole book in one sitting, it was so sweet. There were moments where I laughed out loud, others where I was so upset... an excellent book overall and highly recommend it. Beware though: the book brings so many feels and fluffiness on...

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