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. Michael Barakiva's One Man Guy is a romantic, moving, laugh-out-loud-funny story about what happens when one person cracks open your world and helps you see everything-and, most of all, yourself-like you never have before.
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by Michael Barakiva
by Michael Port
by Michael Shelden
by Michael McElroy
by Michael Pollan
by Michael Snyder
by Michael Veltri
"Narrator Michael Chernus perfectly portrays AlekÕs frustrated but submissive responses to his rigid, driving, overprotective Armenian parents, who insist he attend summer school after he falls off the honor track. That summer everything changes when Alek meets and falls in love with the cool skateboarding Ethan. Contrasting AlekÕs high-pressure existence with EthanÕs casual nature, Chernus captures the challenging way Ethan encourages Alek to experience freedom. But as their relationship grows, Ethan reveals his own vulnerabilities. Using an Armenian accent, Chernus gives verisimilitude to AlekÕs Armenian household and the horrific history his ancestors faced. These details give the plot an unusual angle and add uniqueness to AlekÕs love story. S.W. "
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