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One Man Guy

Written by: Michael Barakiva
Narrated by: Michael Chernus
Series: Alek Khederian, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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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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my fav LGBT YA book

i am aromantic and usually dont like romance but this book is super cute and sweet

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Armenian History + Armenian Coming Out 101

Some clunky writing, but still thoroughly enjoyable - must read for anyone with Armenians in their circle. Or parents. Some solid food writing.

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  • Riva
  • 2015-04-16

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
  • 2015-05-06

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
  • 2017-06-16

bad narration

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

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  • Regina-Audible
  • 2014-06-27

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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  • Madeline Wilson
  • 2018-12-22

Very entertaining!

Pretty cheesy and trope-y at times with the typical "nerd meet bad boy scenario," but the story was cute and light-hearted which makes for good entertainment. I liked the diversity and that you learn so much about Armenian culture and history. Some moments bordering on steamy, but nothing too serious (plus they're minors).
The narrator was pretty good. Sometimes his inflections would sound a little off, but it wasn't really bothersome.
All in all I would recommend if you're looking for something casual and fun. Don't expect to laugh out loud or cry though.

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  • redfox
  • 2015-01-23

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
  • 2015-02-13

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.

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  • Mattyson Sprecher
  • 2020-06-11

An "Unacceptable" Life Changer

I've listened to this audio book dozens of times, over the years, and I still come back to it. I originally found "One Man Guy" sitting in its book form on a library shelf in middleschool. I must have been 11 or 12 at the time, but it was my first REAL interaction with something "unacceptable"... Lets just say my dad didn't appreciate the community... But! After months of tearing myself up over the book I finally took it home and read it. I checked it out again and again- for MONTHS after reading it for the first time. Man, it still makes me excited to think about it- to hear it or read it. I have my own copy now. I had~ to get it after school ended; I couldn't go without. It made me feel better. A lot better. I knew they were just characters in a book, but to me they were real. It wasn't just some clichéd story about two people getting together in this unbelievable romance it was the story of someones life- a REAL situation written out in the form of a story. It gave me hope!
Not to mention how real the audio book makes it. I think I get his voice stuck in my head sometimes. Sometimes I even find myself quoting things in his voice instead of the ones I originally gave the characters the first time I read it... I definitely think you should read- or listen- to this. It's... INSPIRING.

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  • alsimvilla
  • 2019-05-22

Great Story

Great coming of age story from another cultures perspective. I loved the characters and the history of the Armenian people that was huge part of this story.

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  • Jon
  • 2018-08-27

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.