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"--
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250073570
9780374356453
0374356459
Characteristics: 255 pages ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: 1 man guy

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HeroThGreat
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.

AL_KELSEY 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!

AL_LESLEY Nov 17, 2016

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

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Enna_W
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.

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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

THE FEELS OMFG
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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BloomFree
Oct 08, 2014

Cultural and sexual issues are blended in this story which has a happy ending. Plenty of Armenian food and culture (and humor) is included.

It's not easy to be young and controlled -- Alek does the best he can and occassionally fires a winning shot of wit and truth at his parents which they can't refute.

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Labonte
Sep 02, 2014

It wasn't the best story that I've ever read, but it wasn't the worst either.
It was an ok story.
It's also a very simple story.
it was fun 2 read.

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