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Tour: Hold My Hand by Michael Barakiva

Hold My Hand
Michael Barakiva
Published by: Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: May 21st 2019
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

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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.


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 Tour

May 20th
The Avid Reader >> Excerpt
Hoards Jumble >> Excerpt
diary of a wannabe writer >> Excerpt
cupcakesandbookshelves >> Excerpt

May 21st
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Interview
Novel Ink >> Review
Mocha Girls Read >> Excerpt
Viviana MacKade >> Guest post
mylettersandwords >> Review

May 22nd
Literary Meanderings >> Interview
LGBTQ YA Book Catalog >> Review
Twirling Book Princess >> Excerpt

May 23rd
Lisa Loves Literature >> Interview
My Books-My World >> Excerpt
Literary Flits >> Playlist
Here’s to Happy Endings >> Review
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt

May 24th
Puggyreader Writes >> Review
Inkish Kingdoms >> Review
❧Defining Ways❧ >> Interview
My Fiction Nook >> Guest post
Cheyenne Reads >> Review