Hold My Hand

Hold My Hand

by Michael Barakiva

Alek Khederian thinks about his life B.E. and A.E.: Before Ethan and After Ethan. Before Ethan, Alek was just an Armenian-American kid with a mess of curly dark hair, near-perfect grades, and conventional (okay, boring) fashion sense. Before Ethan, Alek didn’t even know he was gay. After he met—and got together with—Ethan, Alek was a new man. Well-coifed. Stylish. 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 bring himself to forgive or forget what Ethan did. Luckily, his best friend Becky and crazy (in a good way) family are there to help him figure out whether he should reach out and hold Ethan's hand, or just let it go. 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 with yourself.

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About the Author

About Michael Barakiva

Michael Barakiva is a theater director of Armenian/Israeli descent and a writer who lives in Manhattan with his husband. 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.