Hold My Hand (One Man Guy, #2) by Michael Barakiva

Hold My Hand (One Man Guy, #2)

Alek Khederian thinks about his life B.E. and A.E.: Before Ethan and After Ethan. Before Ethan, Alek was just an average Armenian-American kid with a mess of curly dark hair, grades not nearly good enough for his parents, and no idea of who he was or what he wanted. After he got together with Ethan, Alek was a new man. Stylish. Confident. (And even if he wasn’t quite marching in LGBTQ parades), Gay and Out and Proud.With their six-month anniver...

Details Hold My Hand (One Man Guy, #2)

TitleHold My Hand (One Man Guy, #2)
Release DateMay 21st, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreLGBT, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Reviews Hold My Hand (One Man Guy, #2)

  • Is
    Yeah........This was not good. Like why? Who asked for this?Listen, I absolutely loved One Man Guy. Five stars and all.WHY, oh why, would you follow it up with this? By now, we all know that Alek and Ethan are the characters of this story, but who asked for this?I might do a full, in-depth, review but it'll get super spoiler-y but what kind of BS sequel is this? I read the acknowledgement page where the inspiration came from someone telling Barak...
  • Michael Barakiva
    I want to thank everyone who wrote, tweeted, pinged, PMed or reached out to me in any other way to tell me about what One Man Guy meant to them. Although Hold My Hand is a stand-alone sequel, and it is meant to be enjoyed entirely on its own, it was the response of the readers of OMG that inspired me to write another book.I have spent most of my life directing plays, and as much as I love that (and I do love it), getting to interact with the read...
  • Alex
    Why, though?
  • Inkish Kingdoms
    In an agonizing prelude of the inevitable, Michael Barakiva takes us into the love adventures of two teenagers. Heart wrenching but optimistic, a story that overcomes the impossibility of forgiveness even in the most extreme cases.This sequel conserves the essence of the first book, and I am talking about the Armenian traditions and Michele's uniqueness of speech. Alek is different from book one as he changed and now has a stronger voice than bef...
  • Mehsi
    I received this book from the publisher/tour host in exchange of an honest review.My excitement was through the roof when I found out about this book. A sequel to one of my favourite books? Yes, so much yes! Then came a tour invitation for this book and I was crossing my fingers to be selected for a review + spot on the tour. I was! Sadly, because my review is 3 stars (and wasn't 90-100% positive), I couldn't share my review. But here we are. The...
  • William McGinn
    4/4 A+Alek Khederian and Ethan Novick - are they a cutesy teenage couple, or perhaps the best love story in the history of literature?Kissing Ethan.Kissing Ethan rocked.That’s the introduction of this book. The sequel to One Man Guy where I recently did an updated review, Alek and Ethan have now been dating for almost six months. We later learn that’s the longest any other couple at their high school have stayed together. And their six-month ...
  • Ryan
    “Hold My Hand” by Michael Barakiva•The sequel to the gay YA book “One Man Guy” continues the story of Alek and Ethan as they approach their six month anniversary. Between Thanksgiving and Armenian Christmas, the couple’s relationship becomes strained when some truths are revealed as they decide to take their relationship to the next level. Alek deals with his best friend starting a new relationship. An unknown individual wrote a gay s...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from EdelweissLove, love, love Alek and his Armenian family (the Thanksgiving scene was brilliant and made me laugh!), and need more books about boys having romances with other boys, but this book is DEFINITELY more YA. When I look at any book that involves a romance, I want to make sure that 6th graders who pick it up don't learn anything that might be covered in 8th grade health class. This had young people in a more advanced state of und...
  • Marina L.
    I honestly don't feel comfortable writing negative reviews, but this time, since this series of books was a recommendation of one of my teenage students, I felt morally obligated to. First of all, I enjoyed One Man Guy immensely. I really did. The pace was great, it was a lighthearted story with just the right amount of drama and Alek and Ethan have a normal, healthy relationship. When I bought Hold My Hand I was really excited to see what was co...
  • V.S. Santoni
    Michael Barakiva is an amazing writer who greatly inspires me. Some people may not like what comes after the happy ending, but we all know how real life plays out, and sometimes things are a lot more complicated than forgive/don't forgive, especially when it comes to love. The subject matter may be painful--especially if you've ever been in a similar situation--and because of that it may be a bit of a tough read, but Barakiva handles this story w...
  • Liza
    This book is so much more than just a high school romance. Alek and Ethan have already made it past their awkward stage and gotten together, but that was just the first obstacle in their uphill battle of a relationship. I love the realness of their portrayal and that nothing is sugar coated. Alek's struggle with his Armenian heritage and religion is so universal. And Ethan's struggle to truly care is such a reality for so many people. It did take...
  • Grace M
    It’s the kind-of sequel we got... and didn’t particularly need, but it’s the thought that counts, right? (Boy, I hate writing reviews for books whose authors I’ve met. It feels kind of mean, but... if you’re on here, then you’ve opened the box and that’s your fault. Sorry, not sorry.) Anyway, here’s the main Thing that really grinds my buttons about the... I don’t know what this series is called... these books, One Man Guy and H...
  • ReadingwithAmy
    This Arc was very kindly provided by RainCoast books in exchange for a review❤3.75/5 stars!So this book shocked me...in a really good way!Going into this book I was extremely hesitant as it deals with a subject I really dislike reading (cheating) and I knew this book could go one of two ways, I could DNF it and end up disliking it orrr it could be a pleasant surprise and thank goodness it was just that! So first thing I’ll say is that I wish ...
  • Maureen Lubitz
    I came across Hold My Hand by Michael Barakiva when I was browsing Netgalley, and the blurb piqued my interest. My request was accepted, and so I added the book to my reading queue. Alek is an Armenian-American high school student. He has been dating Ethan for almost six months. Things are getting pretty serious, but Alek has reservations. He loves kissing Ethan, but he’s not sure if he’s ready for things to go further physically. Alek measur...
  • Barbara
    I'm sorry that some readers and reviewers were bothered by the truths in this novel, a follow-up to the well-loved One Man Guy. But the fact of the matter is that even in the best of relationships, there is honesty, and often the members of a couple are tempted or fall into temptation and cheat. I'm not saying that's right or that it's even forgivable or expected, but it often does happen. While I hope that Alek Khederian, almost fifteen when the...
  • Ryan
    So many emotions ran through me while was reading this book. Initially we are out to find the perfect romance that will leave us with warm fuzzies and a happily ever after feeling. However this book challenges us to consider what makes a good relationship. Love is a battlefield, and strong relationships are not constructed with sugar and spice and everything nice. Sometimes love must be tested and challenged before it can be appreciated and becom...
  • Bash the Fash
    I’m not a huge fan of cheating storylines but I’m a huge fan of these two boys. I felt that Ethan’s cheating was sad, but these are teenagers. I remember being a teenager. We’d date, break up, get back together again, rinse repeat. Those decisions were both internal and influenced by friends. One of the trends I’ve noticed in criticism of YA is that the characters aren’t believable. Do people remember being teenagers? I did absurd thi...
  • Maddie☾✶
    •-Hold my hand by Micheal Barakiva3 starsAs you can tell by my rating this wasn’t my favorite book which is disappointing but there were some very special topics I did enjoy.This is the continued story of Alek Khedarian a gay Armenian-American teen trying to navigate his new-ish relationship with his boyfriend (going on 6 months) Ethan, as their relationship grows they want to grow with it, but Alek isn’t sure if he is ready...I had a lot o...
  • Emily
    Last pride I read One Man Guy as I toured churches in Italy. So excited to start off 2019 pride with this sequel.
  • Mary
    I have complicated feelings about this book, but overall, I liked it.
  • Kat
    a star for nik and a star for señor huevo
  • James
    Better than the first.
  • Ron-michael
    Great sequel to One Man Guy, and a pretty interesting take on what happens after the "happily ever after" ending of a first book. Learning that there is no black or white answer is something that most teens dont get right away, but this was handled in a realistic and entertaining way.
  • Chrissy
    Didn't realize this is a sequel until I was 3/4 way through. Sweet, engaging story about identity, culture and trying to maintain first love. The characters felt realistic, flawed and multi-dimensional. Great window into Armenian immigrant culture.
  • Jenni Frencham
    Alek and Ethan have been dating for six months. Ethan is ready for their relationship to be more physical, whereas Alek just isn't there yet. Alek and Ethan go on a special date for their six-month-iversary, and Alek has just decided to say yes to sex, when he finds out Ethan cheated on him. On Alek's birthday. With Ethan's ex boyfriend. I very much appreciated the subplot of Alek trying to change his church from within to make it welcoming inste...