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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Michael Barakiva (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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Very YA, cute and sweet

This was a very cute and sweet story. However it was a little too YA for me; the MC is 14 and 16. I learned a lot about Armenian culture, as it plays a large role in the story, and that was great. The romance felt a little easy and forced and I just didn't really feel for either boy. There is no real drama, just some culture clashing. The narrator did a great job and overall I enjoyed it.

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  • JJA333
  • Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • 05-06-15

Cute Story!

Didn't know what to expect when I bought this book but turned out to be a great coming-of-age story. Really funny and nice performance!

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  • TNI
  • Charlotte, Nc
  • 06-16-17

bad narration

It was great story, but it haf bad narration. He did not change his tone at all.

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A Heartwarming Coming-of-Age Novel

One Man Guy is a dazzling coming-of-age tale about embracing your roots while discovering who you really are. Fourteen-year-old Alek Kherderian comes from a traditional Armenian family. He quietly goes through life following the rules until his suburban world is suddenly turned upside down by a surprise friendship with his classmate Ethan, who opens his eyes to a world Alek can't help but know he was always meant to be a part of. With the help of a few New York City adventures, a sprinkling of Rufus Wainwright lyrics, and some mouth-watering Armenian dishes, Alek soon discovers himself, love, and acceptance in the most unexpected places.

Michael Chernus expertly narrates the young teenage protagonist - his voice balancing shy hesitation with bold confidence at all the right moments. One Man Guy is a book so heartwarming and adorable you'll want to nuzzle it long after you're through.

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Short but sweet

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Would depend on the friend, I guess, but mostly yes. It's a nice story of a first love, combined with the complexities of living in an immigrant family (and specifically an Armenian one). Both are nicely handled.

What other book might you compare One Man Guy to and why?

The way the folks josh around reminded me a bit of Will Grayson Will Grayson, but that differs in a lot of other ways.

Which scene was your favorite?

Several good moments -- best friend refusing to be sidelined by new romance, kissing goodbye to a hated bookbag...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Parents proving better than a kid's paranoid expectations.

Any additional comments?

Narrator's voice was a good fit for the main character, but I assume he's a bit inexperienced, both by the unnaturalness of his use of upward-inflected sentences and by the unsubtlety of edits in places. But none of that came between me and the story.

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  • Lifesavr
  • 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
  • 02-13-15

Just pure fun.

It goes down pretty easy. I have just finished reading a couple of other coming out stories involving some real heart break situations. This story comes up to the cliff and it looks as the characters are going to have to jump off but the author surprises you with the humanitarian response. It truly a nice ride and the two boys are just too cute.

So if you enjoy coming out highschool stories but want to laugh a little and maybe learn to believe they all don't end up with someone cutting their wrist then this is the story for you.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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High Energy Summer School Excitement and Romance

Michael Barakiva spins an exciting story filled with the entertainment and energy of Manhattan through the eyes of awkwardly cool and geeky skateboarders and honor students drawn together in the post marriage-equality world of a summer school romance.
Michael Chernus brings the same rapid high energy narration to the story, making the dialogue and descriptions of Manhattan magic a first crush can so sparklingly see in the early summer energy of June. The voices and accents Michael Chernus brings to the narration weave so perfectly with the excitement and wonder Michael Barakiva wrote in an incredibly entertaining, hip, sweet, love story.
I have listened to it now at least 10 times, still discovering new scenes and images each time.
I hope both of these men choose to use their talent in new works yet to be created.

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Through The Eyes Of Self Discovery

I purchased this not realizing it was, more or less, a 1st love, coming of age tale. Even though the characters are young (still in high school), they are written very well and their personalities and intricacies are more nuanced than one might expect, given their limited life experience. I found Alek & Ethan to be believable characters whom I saw part of (my younger) self in. I felt their highs and lows and could relate to them. They were 'real' 'guy next door' types who were quite engaging.

I especially liked the Armenian experience and history lesson. Being born and raised in a very WASPy environment, I was shielded from the outside world until I went to college and began to experience life for myself and learn about people with different histories and life experiences. I enjoy learning about other ethnicities and cultures and ... an insight into this family's dynamic is a basic tenet of the story, as well as the primary force that sets the story in motion, and adds significant interest throughout.

This plot was well constructed by Michael Barakiva, and executed by Michael Chernus. I look forward to reading and hearing more from both in the future.

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Charming Story

Very well written. Enjoyed the romance without the details of sex. Appreciated the details of cooking. Obviously the author has some experience in cooking these dishes.

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Frickin amazing must read

This book was amazing and made me uncontrollably smile so many times. Super cute and well written. I really enjoyed learning about Armenian culture as well. Also made me realize how single I am, but what can ya do 🤷🏼‍♂️