Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Up and Coming: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

Release Date: May 27, 2014

The main thing that Alek was looking for from this summer was NOT being at school. It turns out that was way too much to ask for. His Armenian-American parents are convinced that his grades are going to doom him to a sub-par future, so they've convinced his guidance counselor to let him take classes so that he can stay on the honors track in his sophomore year. Is he surprised that his parents have decided that less than perfect isn't good enough? Not after 14 years of being held to their high standards, but it's still a bummer.

Alek's older brother doesn't have these problems, he has great grades, a perfect Armenian-American girlfriend and always seems to do the right thing. Alek doesn't measure up. Going to summer school while the rest of his family go on vacation WITH his brothers girlfriend's family just drives that point home.

But at summer school, Alek meets Ethan. Ethan isn't weighed down by what everyone wants from him. He's a skater who is as at home in an art gallery or a used clothing shop in the city as he is on his board. He's effortlessly cool and he seems to actually like and respect Alek. Suddenly summer school is the part of the day that Alek's looking forward to. When his best friend suggests that he might have more than a friend crush on Ethan, Alek has to admit she might be right....

Is there anything better than a summer romance? This is a particularly sweet one because Alek is trying so hard in the rest of his life to be what his parents and his community want him to be and he really deserves a break from the pressure. Finding a friendship and more with Ethan gives him something in his life that he is enjoying just for himself. Also it's a perfect summer in the city read. Ethan and Alek explore all the free things that you can get up to in the warm days in NYC and it will inspire you to check out the city paper and find out what's going on in our own city this summer.

 

Read More:

Up and Coming: Invisibilty by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Up and Coming: Fan Art by Sarah Tregay

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