All Boys Aren't Blue

All Boys Aren't Blue

A Memoir-manifesto

Book - 2020
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*An Amazon Best Book of the Year optioned for television by Gabrielle Union!*

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren't Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson's emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374312718
0374312710
Characteristics: 304 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 17, 2020

While not completely successful as a memoir, this is 100% successful as a book that visibilizes the struggles of growing up black and queer. What struck me most was that given the lack of discussion of queerness in his world growing up, he had to figure out what that meant from the ground up with no scaffolding. The author does an amazing job of showing that education and community is needed so that living at the intersection of marginalized identities is safer as well as telling stories that will leave those growing up with these identities feel seen and valued. <3

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zoeythekat
Jun 10, 2020

Beautiful, endearing, and at times hard to stomach. All Boys Aren't Blue isn't just a good read, it's a necessary one.

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