A light romance; freshman Alek struggles with his Armenian family in New York as he realizes he is gay with the help of his best friend Becky and begins a relationship with ‘bad boy’ Ethan.
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.
Cis boys: Alek, Ethan (side character)
Gay/Queer: Alek, Ethan
Not mentioned in the book. Presumed to be the same as the characters’ sexual orientation.
Alek’s family is Orthodox Christian.
Bi-erasure (not called out)
Alek is questioning his sexuality throughout this book, and at a couple points says he isn’t gay. This possibility is routinely dismissed by other characters, and this behavior is never called out.
Ownvoices: Ownvoices for Armenian and gay/queer rep.