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Publisher Description

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've predicted that he'd 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.

Young Adult
May 27
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Grades 7-13

Customer Reviews

morgan freeman666000 ,


being armenian and queer myself, I could NOT have read a more perfect representation of an armenian household and what it’s like to be queer in one. all I can say is thank you!!!!!

Zeinab Musa ,

A++ would absolutley recommend

I have always loved the cliche teenage romance, and it always disappointed me how the queer ones I found always ended up being cynical and bittersweet and almost never have I found one that didn't make me leave wanting a more of a happier take. And this book has not done this. From the short misunderstanding with the reclamation and fitting in with Ethan's friends and especially the portrayal of Alex's family everything was done in a way that will leave all readers happy and satisfied.

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