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Love abounds, heartache occurs, and
friendship endures on this hilarious and well timed coming-of-age novel.

Alek Khederian, an Armenian-American
New Jersey sophomore, is fortunately besotted along with his good-looking skater boyfriend,
Ethan. Not solely is he out of the closet, however his household accepts him and
welcomes Ethan, a white senior. Alek, whereas in love, isn’t prepared for intercourse,
which Ethan appears to just accept. Throughout their six-month anniversary celebration,
nonetheless, Ethan unwittingly reveals information that threatens to tear their relationship
aside. Barakiva (One Man Man, 2014) creates an attractive central couple
whom readers will root for and neatly surrounds them with a flawless solid of
three-dimensional supporting characters who spherical out the protagonists
whereas standing out in their very own rights. Alek’s dad and mom are grade-obsessed,
old style, and controlling to the purpose of hilarity, however their love and
unconditional assist of their son suffuses each interplay they’ve with
him. The Khederians are ardent Christians, and Alek attends St. Stephen’s
Armenian Orthodox Church on each Saturdays and Sundays. The scenes between Alek
and Reverend Father Stepanian are a few of the story’s most gripping. Their
ongoing debate relating to the church’s stance on homosexuality is dealt with
sensitively and intelligently, offering Alek with character progress whereas additionally
acknowledging the priest’s troublesome place. The novel is enriched with vividly
textured Armenian cultural particulars.

An sincere and compelling teen
romance. (Fiction. 14-18)


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