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- Publication Date : May 27, 2014
- File Size : 596 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 274 pages
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 27, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00GVRVBWC
- Lending : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #601,050 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Additionally, Alek seems to be the only character with at least some dimension. The love interest, Ethan, is sort of this male version of the "manic pixie dream girl" trope, and the book only barely touches upon his background. Then of course there's the token quirky-girl best friend and the holier-than-thou older brother, both of whom could have benefited from more character development.
Was this book cute? Sure, but the cliches were numerous, and the characters were underdeveloped. The author spent much more time talking about traditional Armenian food than he did trying to make the reader feel what Alek was feeling.
I really enjoyed the cultural references from our protagonist Alek’s heritage – Armenian history and lifestyle; not to mention the food. I got hunger pains just reading the descriptions off the page.
There are some themes that really shone for me – standing up for yourself, fighting for what is right, acceptance when facing adversity… all about courage, mirroring what the Armenian culture itself has had to endure.
All of the characters are flawed and struggle with their own demons, and it was a wonderfully diverse and fully rounded cast that brought this story to life.
There is a strong sense of family and tradition. An expectation of carrying on a legacy. Coming from an Australian household, this experience was unique and not something I had in my upbringing.
Apart from these aspects, ‘One Man Guy’ fell a bit flat for me. I expected it to be funnier. There were a few laugh out loud moments, but for some reason I felt the narrative set up the premise that there would be more hilarity. But this is only a minor, personal misgiving.
Alek and Ethan are fun realistic characters and I loved how they approached life and family. You can really feel the different atmospheres of both of their homes. I particularly liked Nana – she an endearing character, reminding me of all the grandparents of my friends, sitting with them at the dinner table at sleepovers. That too was something which I experienced little and my Grandparents lived half a continent away… their presence, habits, little sayings and stories all add to the sense of family heritage. Nana especially embraces the old Armenian ways and language which I found to be the heart and soul of Alek’s home.
This is a fairly easy read – slow in the first half, with a better flow for the latter part. I ended up putting this book down a number of times due to disinterest. I wasn’t exactly bored, but it failed to capture me. All the characters were relatable, but the narrative could have been more upbeat and engaging – possibly due to my expectations of a more comedic read. But nonetheless a quaint modern contemporary.
Bottom line--- please read this book. It's not long at all, I finished it easily in one day, and it will provide an excellent, heartwarming story and make you do some deep reflection of yourself.