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All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

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In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson's All Boys Aren't Blue explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia.

A New York Times Bestseller!
Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Today Show, and MSNBC feature stories

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.

Velshi Banned Book Club
Indie Bestseller
Teen Vogue Recommended Read
Buzzfeed Recommended Read
People Magazine Best Book of the Summer
A New York Library Best Book of 2020
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020 ... and more!

ISBN-13: 9780374312718

Media Type: Hardcover(New Edition)

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 04-28-2020

Pages: 320

Product Dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

GEORGE M. JOHNSON is a writer and activist based in New York. They have written on race, gender, sex, and culture for Essence, the Advocate, BuzzFeed News, Teen Vogue, and more than forty other national publications. George has appeared on BuzzFeed’s AM2DM as well as on MSNBC. All Boys Aren’t Blue is their debut, an Indie Bestseller, and a People Magazine Best Book of the Year. The New York Times called it "an exuberant, unapologetic memoir infused with a deep but cleareyed love for its subjects." At the time of publication, George used he/him pronouns.

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii

Introduction: Black. Queer. Here 1

Act 1 A Different Kid

Chapter 1 Smile 19

Chapter 2 Identity 36

Chapter 3 "Honeychild" 52

Chapter 4 Fags Play Football, Too 65

Chapter 5 "Honest Abe" Lied to Me 81

Chapter 6 You Can't Swim in Cowboy Boots 105

Act 2 Family

Dear Little Brother 123

Chapter 7 Nanny: The Caregiver, the Hustler, My Best Friend 128

Chapter 8 Daddy's Second Chance 144

Chapter 9 Losing Hope 160

Dear Mommy 177

Chapter 10 A Lesson Before Dying 182

Act 3 Teenagers

Chapter 11 Boys Will Be Boys … 197

Chapter 12 The Prom Kings We Never Were 213

Chapter 13 Setting Myself Free or Setting Myself Up? 224

Act 4 Friends

Chapter 14 Caught in a Haze 243

Chapter 15 Losing My Virginity Twice 262

Chapter 16 Don't Know Why I Didn't Call 277

Afterword: All Boys Aren't Blue 293

Acknowledgments 301