I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on May 27th, 2014
Genres: LGBT, Love & Romance
A heartfelt, laugh-out-loud-funny story of romance, family, and self-discovery.
Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. 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 freshman 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. 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.
The first scene is something memorable. I have never met anyone so specific to order things off the menu like this and I was appalled that some people would order like this. That’s crazy! But judging from the familial relationships, I knew it was setting up for something in the end.
I was completely invested in the story between the two boys. Here’s a boy who didn’t know what he liked during his teen years, confused and disheartened he goes through his days in the best way possible. I really love seeing them hang out and be together and see how he dealt with society who judges people based on how they look instead of who they are. I loved Ethan’s free spirit and he was a perfect guy who showed Alex the ropes. He was proud to be himself and didn’t care what anyone thought. His friends were also too funny and so nice. Alex’s family was even more interesting after the fact that he didn’t know how they would react to his “coming-out.” And I really commend them and it showed how remarkable we can take family for granted.
I also have to mention how much the Armenian food was sprinkled throughout the pages. It made me hungry and now I want to try some of these wonderful dishes that were talked about it in the book. Cultural diversity and a boy-boy romance in one? Grab this one and feel the cute little feels that I felt while reading it.
This ended up expiring on me and I was so close to the end, so even though I didn’t read the rest of the e-ARC, I found the book at the store and read the end there lol
Alek: Don’t you see, Ethan? He was the lucky one.” (95)