All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

All Boys Aren't Blue

George M. Johnson

nonfiction LGBTQIA+ Memoir
challenging emotional reflective medium-paced

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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 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.

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Sexual assault (2 reviewers), Violence (1 reviewer), Homophobia (1 reviewer), Grief (1 reviewer), Bullying (1 reviewer), Sexual content (1 reviewer), Racism (1 reviewer), and Death (1 reviewer)


Homophobia (3 reviewers), Sexual assault (3 reviewers), Racism (3 reviewers), Racial slurs (1 reviewer), Terminal illness (1 reviewer), and Pedophilia (1 reviewer)


Homophobia (2 reviewers), Racism (2 reviewers), Bullying (1 reviewer), Sexual assault (1 reviewer), and Sexual content (1 reviewer)


emotional 86%
reflective 79%
inspiring 69%
hopeful 64%
informative 55%
challenging 38%
funny 20%
sad 20%
dark 8%
lighthearted 3%
tense 3%
relaxing 1%


medium 64%
fast 31%
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