Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Book Review: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

Alek's family are Armenian? I had no clue.

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.

I think this book tricks a lot of boxes, set partly in New York City, diversity with the main character being Armenian and this is gay romance.

Told in first person, Alek makes good narrator. The plot is enjoyable platform for these characters.
The characters are quite realisic and interesting. I really enjoy Alek's relationships with his family and bad mouthing them because if that isn't realistic then I don't know what is.

Overall, I gave this 3 out of 5 stars for water bottles in the sun.  I enjoyed reading this book but never left much of imprint on me, found it very hard to review for some reason, but it's nice to read good published LGBT fiction.

I got this for review off Netgalley. 

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