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One Man Guy Hardcover – May 27, 2014
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While this book is definitely a love story, I interpreted it as Alek's journey of self acceptance. Alek Khederian is our main character and he definitely goes down among my favorite characters of all time. Though very sassy with his strict Armenian parents, he wasn't himself in the beginning of the book. He wore what his mother bought him, did what his parents expected of him, and was never really a person that could stand out in a crowd. He didn't know himself because he was the person that his family had molded him into. And then he met Ethan. Ethan turned his world upside down and made him learn to be his own person. His journey to discovering his sexuality was done very lightly without immense focus, but it was done perfectly. It was not shoved down our throats, nor was it too much in the background of the plot. It was simply there as part of the story and when it happened it happened and he accepted it and moved on. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
Ethan, on the other hand, is Alek's complete opposite. Where Alek is very intelligent and does whatever his family says, Ethan is more relaxed and rebellious. Even his speech is littered with slang and cuss words whereas Alek is constantly conscious of what he says.Read more ›
I don’t know if it’s fear of the unknown or a need for something familiar that makes readers hesitate to try something different. If you’re not ready (or willing) to pick up One Man Guy, here’s what you’re missing:
For starters, the book begins in uproarious fashion. The demands of Alek’s highly opinionated, hard-to-please mother are torturing the poor waitress attempting to serve them. The quirkiness of the characters causes them to jump off the page. I was laughing so much at the family that I fell instantly in love with the book. John Green fans will eat this up.
You are able to identify with Alek from almost the moment you meet him. He’s been set up as a kind of good guy underdog, trying to please his parents while living in the shadow of his “perfect” older brother. Alek’s family soon leaves the scene, but they were well-enough defined before leaving that you feel you got to know them. You see Alek with his best friend Becky (who is hilarious) before any of the summer love begins. This is good in that you meet, know, and understand Alek before any feelings or sexuality questions come into the picture. This is like life. Though not always the case with outward appearances like race or ethnicity, we don’t generally walk around with labels like “straight”, “gay”, “bi”, or whatever we may identify as tattooed on our foreheads.Read more ›
Sometimes you start reading a book and, going into it, you think, “Yes! THIS is definitely the book for me.” But then as you read, that Honeymoon period fades away, you wait and wait and wait and prolong your relationship, thinking, “Where is that spark that we once had?” Begrudgingly, you stick through it all because “Surely things will get better!”
That is essentially the relationship I had with ONE MAN GUY.
Early on while reading ONE MAN GUY, I honestly thought that the story and what I would derive from it would be nothing short of amazing. The character, Alek, had that “odd kid out” position going on in his family (which consisted of the most traditional and judgmental Orthodox Armenian parents). Alek can’t hold a candle to his older brother, Nik, he will never achieve his parent’s approval and (perhaps worst of all) he is being forced to attend summer school in order to bring his B average up to an A. In addition to the early sympathetic emotional connection I had with Alek, I also appreciated all the Armenian cultural facts that I learned early in the book (and I am amazed at how some people manage to eat so much and stay so thin…) I do wonder if the author wasn’t presenting his people a bit too harshly… His Armenian characters came across as very, very judgmental in every way imaginable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a good read. A good way to show how other culture view things but overall happy with the romance aspect for this book as it is a teen book. Happy Pride :)Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is gold diamond and platinum put together.
The quailty it came in and the book itself it amazing.
Alek's parents were so over the top that I couldn't help but laugh. I think they were my favorite part. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amber M.
This was cute book! It was a quick read. I enjoyed seeing Alek and his relationships. It was nice to see Alek go from the kid he was to someone more confident and in a way closer... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bhavya
This coming-of-age first love story was handled with sensitivity and humor. The characters were real and tangible. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J.Bruno
I enjoyed the story of Alek and Ethan but the overuse of the word "well" almost made me stop reading this book, for instance, every other time a character spoke, the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kennith Perry
A Sweet story filled with insight. A lighter read, but not without substance. Very enjoyable and absolutely worth the read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing book, amazing story, amazing writing.
I'm already looking for the next Michael Barakiva's book.
This is a short and cute story about young love.