All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

by George M. Johnson

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*An Amazon Best Book of the Year optioned for television by Gabrielle Union!*

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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ISBN-13: 9780374312725
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 139,500
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

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, and was an Amazon Best Book of the Year, an Indie Bestseller, a People Magazine Best Book of the Year, and optioned for television by Gabrielle Union. 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. Speak with them on Twitter:

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

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