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One Man Guy

Title

One Man Guy

Publisher

Farrar Straus Giroux

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9780374356453

Pages

255 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

820L

Topic

Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Bicultural; Homosexuality; bicultural teenager; gay; gay teenager

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Armenian American / White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2015
Guide Book to Gift Books, 2016 Books for Older Readers
Rainbow List, 2015 Young Adult Fiction

Keywords

Armenian culture; Armenian food; New York City; summer school; dating; skateboarding; tennis

Diversity Impact

direct

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