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An Amazon Best Book of the Year optioned for television by Gabrielle Union!
Amazon Best Book of the Year
CNN Summer Read Pick
Teen Vogue Recommended Read
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People Magazine Best Book of the Summer
An Indie Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Anti-Racist Reading List Pick
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.
Author: George M. Johnson
Paperback Published 1 June 2021 320 pages
Originallt published in hardcover 28 April 2020
"An exuberant, unapologetic memoir infused with a deep but cleareyed love for its subjects." ―The New York Times
"This title opens new doors, as the author insists that we don't have to anchor stories such as his to tragic ends: 'Many of us are still here. Still living and waiting for our stories to be told―to tell them ourselves.' A critical, captivating, merciful mirror for growing up black and queer today."
―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"An absolute necessity . . . the personal stories and the healing and reconciliation of self in this title are all undeniably honest and relatable―a reminder of our shared imperfection and humanity." ―Booklist
"The conversational tone will leave readers feeling like they are sitting with an insightful friend . . . This young adult memoir is a contemporary hallmark of the blossoming genre. Johnson anchors the text with encouragement and realistic guidance for queer Black youth." ―School Library Journal