It is my first time to join Xpresso book tours and today is my blog tour schedule. I am really thankful to be part of Hold my Hand by Michael Barakiva book tour. Since I read David Levithan’s book, I instantly fell in love reading YA books with LGBT theme. This book is not what I thought it is. While reading the first few pages of the book, I instantly loved it!!
To be honest, I don’t have any idea that this is a sequel to his book, One Man Guy. Although, it does not matter because the story is easy to catch up. It is not just about love. It is culture. It is everything! Anyway, here are the book details
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 anniversary coming up, Alek and Ethan want to do something special to celebrate. Like, really special. Like, the most special thing two people in love can do with one another. But Alek’s not sure he’s ready for that. And then he learns something about Ethan that may not just change their relationship, but end it.
Alek can’t bear the thought of finding out who he’d be P.E.: Post-Ethan. But he also can’t forgive or forget what Ethan did. Luckily, his best friend Becky and madcap Armenain family are there to help him figure out whether it’s time to just let Ethan go, or reach out and hold his hand.
Hold My Hand is a funny, smart, relatable take on the joy and challenges of teenage love, the boundaries of forgiveness, and what it really means to be honest.
Published by: Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: May 21st 2019
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Barakiva, author of One Man Guy, is a theater director and writer of Armenian/Israeli descent who lives in Manhattan with his husband, Rafael. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Juilliard School, an avid cook and board-game player, and a soccer player with the New York Ramblers.
The writing style of this book is easy to understand plus it has a lovely cover. There are lot of points that was discussed in this book. It was a sensitive matter regarding sexuality and the society’s views about it. This is not easy to tackle especially when everyone is fighting and debating against it. But the author did well in projecting his thoughts which amazed me. He did it so naturally and respectfully.
Let me share with you that I live in a conservative country where sexuality especially members of the LGBT community are considered sinful. The church, government and other sectors are still close minded about this idea. I still don’t know why they are hesitant with these matters. Maybe because like what the author said, it is not easy to just change the “trends” and beliefs of other people. I really hope that everyone will accept that the world is not just composed of male and female. Instead, we are all composed of unique and loving individuals.
On the other hand, I love the characters especially Alek. He is a smart boy. I admire his good heart and forgiving nature. I liked how he is proud of his sexuality and was not afraid to voice out his thoughts. He also cares for everyone and it does not matter what everyone thinks as long as he is happy. His has cool, accepting parents and brother. Of course, has a loving boyfriend too. He is really lucky indeed.
Overall, I really liked the book. This book speaks out to every one of us. This book is a message, a voice. The world needs to read this book.
I’ve learned a lot about this book. I’ve learned that we should be always open for changes and new possibilities. We should not be afraid to take risks in both life and love. We should also not be ashamed of who we are and what we are.
In line with that, this book also teaches the value of honesty in all aspects of life. Being honest in a relationship gives harmony.
Lastly, this book showed the value of forgiveness and second chances. It is okay to give another chance as long as you learned, the person learned and he/she earned that chance.
Again, thank you for this opportunity. To more book reviews and book tours.
Rate: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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