Book Review: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

Written by: Michael Barakiva
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Pages: 255, hardcover
Series: Standalone
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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. 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.

 

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Special thank you to ARCycling for providing me with a free ARC of this book!

I am smiling so much right now. One Man Guy is one of the cutest books I have read recently. I don’t think I realized just how much I needed an adorable queer romcom with a fun setting and a family and cultural backdrop giving it additional depth until it was in my hands. (Bonus points for delicious sounding descriptions of Armenian food, and for avoiding some frequent coming-out story cliches–Alek’s parents are 100% okay with him having a boyfriend as long is it doesn’t impact his schoolwork.) Continue reading