Book Reviews

Michael Barakiva, One Man Guy ― “Because you were being a salty bitch”

young adult, coming of age, gay love, pride month, LGBTQI+, diverse books, LGBTQI books, Armenian book, Armenian characters, new york, new jersey

Tech Summary: Read from December 10, 2018, to December 13, 2018.

Hello, book royalties!

I am like in an LGBTQI+ row and that honestly makes me super happy! Okay, so I devour this book like in 3 days… and I would have finished it earlier but… you know… “work” and adulting.

So let’s get to it!

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Ever have you ever… have this need that you buy a book in digital and then you need DESPERATELY NEED to get the physical copy of the book? Well… this is one of those books!

This was the typical coming of age, coming out kind of book… where the main character has some identity definition to make. Starting from this book not being, again, the regular white gay boy and his “regular” almost “normal” white family. The main character and his family are Armenian, and what I love about this is the insight that one gets from the author on how the family dynamics of people with various cultures are. Another thing that I love and learn from this book, that I actually knew before, was the Armenian and Turkish situation and history. It was quite interesting to see how people, regardless of their background, will have its history and resentments against other people. I am not saying that they are all alike but I see the alike of the situations.

This being said, we get the main character rejecting his heritage and the regular teenager rebellion (the regular “I am not like you” but at the end he has so many things about his parents that it is even ironic). The parents to son dynamics are a weird and “healthy” relationship. Yes, the parents are peculiar but you see support, love, and only actually caring for the wealth being of their kids.

“It’s like all my life I’ve been eating frozen yogurt. And kissing boys is ice cream.” ― Michael Barakiva, One Man Guy

For me, this book breaks the stereotype of the “sidekick gay best friend”… here one of the gems and that deserves a book by its own, not like Leah, is Becky! Alex best friend… she is hilarious, sassy, and simply incredible! I had so much fun with their interactions and with Becky being… well herself.

This is a pure audiobook and the narrator was so good! I felt the audio and his voice change weirdly but it that is just background white noise! His interpretation of Alek, his way of taking, and the way he expresses the feelings of the book… gosh! It was so good! This is his only audiobook as far as I know, but I do see his potential.

So, the kingdom has given this book:

4 coronas

It seems that your majesty is pleased and the knights have spoken!


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