One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
Published May 27, 2014
The blurb on Netgalley sounded interesting, so I decided to give the book a try. It was a really well-done book that through some brilliant quotes, it describes what it is like to be a shy Armenian boy in the process of growing up and becoming his own person. I have never met any Armenians before, so learning about a new culture is always a nice thing for me. The opening scene at the restaurant was hilarious, and the book definitely gives you a bird’s eye view of what it is like to grow up in an Armenian family. I especially like the whole emphasis on cooking your own food from scratch, and the author even includes a recipe for stuffed grape leaves Armenian-style.
Alek is a 14 year old boy whose parents just ruined his summer vacation by saying he can’t attend the tennis summer camp they promised he could go to (after forbidding him to join the team this year and cutting him off from his friends). Instead, he must go to summer school to get back on the Honor Track at his high school. Oh and on top of everything else, he is being left behind while his parents and older brother Nik go on their family vacation without him. Could this summer suck even more than it already does? Thankfully it does get better, after Alek meets Ethan, the coolest dude in school and they start hanging out. Ethan teaches Alek to relax and be his own person, and Alek finds himself unexpectedly falling for Ethan. Will Alek admit the truth about their relationship? Will they be able to stay together after Alek’s parents come home from vacation? Recommended for ages 13+, 4 stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.