Hold My Hand by Michael Barakiva

Hold My Hand

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

TitleHold My Hand
Release DateMay 21st, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreLGBT, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Hold My Hand

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Teresa
    ***3.5 Stars***When I read this book I was unaware that there was a novel before this that introduces you to Ethan and Alek. That being said I was totally comfortable diving into this book without any backstory, I feel like Barakiva did a good enough job that I didn't miss much from "One Man Guy" (but I would also like to say that I would love to read that book just because I love Alek and Ethan so much). This book starts with what seems to be a ...
  • Leah
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.I think the Armenian element was the strongest aspect of this book. I found it to be a specific and evocative portrayal of a culture that I don't know very much about, although as a person growing up (and also being an adult!) female in the modern Orthodox Jewish world it felt very familiar to me: a religion and culture that is beloved and loving and also seems to come in conflict with values that are important to ...
  • Cathrina
    Friendship. Honesty. Forgiveness. Acceptance. Embracing sexuality. Loving yourself.