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All Boys Aren't Blue

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Kai
Jun 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, to-buy
so who the fuck let it slip that I cannot resist books with beautiful soft flower boys on their covers
Jesse bowtiesandbooks
"No amount of money, love, or support can protect you from a society intent on killing you for your blackness, and shows that a community that has been taught that anyone "not straight" is dangerous."

All Boy's Aren't Blue is Johnson's memoir-manifesto; designed to encourage queer black boys to uncrate the layers of their masculinity and racialized existence. All Boys Aren't Blue is an effervescent interrogation of compulsory heterosexuality and crushing gender-centric expectations, a
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Samantha Londer
Ummmm holy crap?? This cover is *chefs kiss*
Bethany
All Boys Aren't Blue is a beautiful, thoughtfully crafted YA memoir about growing up Black and queer in America. It is heartwarming, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking, but even trauma and tragedy are handled from a place of healing. It very much feels written for teenagers, but I think everyone should read this one. I will link a review below that I recommend reading from a Black and gender-nonconforming reviewer who is fantastic.

- Review from Jesse (bowtiesandbooks):
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Rebeca
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an early copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first memoir Ive read and it will certainly not be my last one💛
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Jessica | Booked J
Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can also be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Filed under: memoirs that are as breathtaking as their covers. Are we sure that my review can't be just me saying 'wow' and seventeen variations of 'read this book immediately'? Because, to put it bluntly, words cannot describe how important George M. Johnson's All Boys
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Leo
*is currently speechless because of that cover*
Alicia
From the cover and title to the words that lie inside the pages, it'll be a book to watch when it's published. I downloaded a copy from Edelweiss.

This is a phenomenally raw and strong story, the memoir of Johnson who talks about his life growing up being black and queer. He shares stories about his family, he shares stories about his childhood in school and out. He talks about his friendships and relationships with those closest to him. It's a lovingly done story that is short and quick and
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Kel
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are not many first person books that cover the black queer experience.. Matthew tells his story with poise, grace and strength. He shares family stories full of love and acceptance. A key factor in him learning to love himself was the love of his grandmother and the support of his parents and cousins. If you are a black, queer individual who feels alone, this book can give you hope. If you are questioning if you are transgender, this book can help you. Amazing job Matthew, honeychild.
Melanie  Marshall
Johnson offers his memoir-manifesto of growing up queer before he had the language to know what exactly that meant. Broken into three parts, Johnson shares intimate stories of his childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, navigating family, friends, and performing masculinity. Discussion of his stories includes theory and statistical information that ties in ideas and struggles with intersectional identity. Johnson struggles with finding his YA voice, and though its clear that his stories and ...more
Amber
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this memoir so much!

Johnson masterfully takes readers on a journey into his childhood/young adulthood with stories that are written in such a relaxed and natural way, yet filled with so much honesty, love, and joy.

Johnsons anecdotes about his family (especially his parents and Nanny) were one of my favorite parts of this book. I feel like we dont get to read enough about the beauty and positivity that exists in Black families. The love, adoration, and support Johnson received from his
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Amber
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this memoir so much! Johnson masterfully takes readers on a journey into his childhood/young adulthood with stories that are written in such a relaxed and natural way, yet filled with so much honesty, love, and joy.
Johnson's anecdotes about his family (especially his parents and Nanny) were one of my favorite parts of this book. I feel like we don't get to read enough about the beauty and positivity that exists in Black families. The love, adoration, and support Johnson received from
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Em
This is a powerful and deeply personal telling of Johnson's life and I feel grateful that he has shared it with the world.

I don't think Johnson has the most compelling YA voice, and there was a little too much telling and not enough showing. I found the content compelling but the delivery less so.

I did like the way he managed to seamlessly integrate his own experiences with statistics, data, and history about the larger queer and Black experience in America. I hope this reaches who it needs to
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Renee
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think there will be a few changes in the final publication. This book is more of a 3.4 for me which means I cant bump it up to a four but the parts that worked really worked for me and there are parts that I loved (especially Hope) and while reading I thought I want to give this book to someone so they read these words, too.

This book is really needed for queer Black boys. Give it to someone you love so they can feel seen

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Weird Simba
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an interesting memoir of a young African American male growing up battling the struggles of living in his truth or confirming to societys beliefs of who he should be. His personal accounts tell a tale of LGBT youth who dont have the support from family and friends to be themselves and live happily in their truth. ...more
Charlotte
This is a remarkable memoir by George M. Johnson. Amongst other things, he is an award winning journalist and activist.

This book is an absolute must for queer black kids. Johnson captures his life on the page with authenticity and candor.

The book isn't so much a traditional memoir as it is a collections of snapshots in the form of essays. Johnson covers so many topics in the book: being a young black. man, being queer, being queer and black, having his teeth kicked in as a child, toxic
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