ARC Review: All Boys Aren’t Blue

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on April 28th 2020
Genres: Nonfiction, Queer, Memoir
Pages: 304
Format: eARC (this was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

All Boys Aren’t Blue is a memoir-manifesto by journalist and LGBTPQIA+ activist George M. Johnson. They talk about their life from childhood to young adult and explore topics such as family, agency, and Black joy.

This is a powerful and, at times, heart wrenching book. It is thought provoking and deeply moving and is definitely something I’m going to continue thinking about for a long time.

This book will help so many people. It was crafted with such thought and care. There are many topics explored in this book that have the potential to be triggering, but Johnson talks about them all in their author’s note at the beginning of the book, so that you are prepared before starting.

They also bring up the fact that some of these things are seen as “too heavy” for teenagers, but that all of these heavy topics happened to them as a child, teenager and young adult. Children and teenagers, unfortunately, have to navigate some pretty awful things sometimes and Johnson wants those readers to have the space to be seen and heard in their pages.

Definitely go pick up a copy today, you won’t regret it!

“We all deserve more than just the ability to exist.”

About the book

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.

Content Warnings:

Molestation, pedophilia, sexual assault, homophobia, racism, racial slurs, sexual content, incest, death, violence, rape, hate crime, grief, bullying, sexual violence, cancer, terminal illness, cancer, deadnaming, medical content, misogyny, transphobia, physical abuse, and child abuse.

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