All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

Written by:
George M. Johnson
Narrated by:
George M. Johnson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2020
5 hours 12 minutes
This program is read by the author.

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!
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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!

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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It should not be banned for the sake of education

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Michael G.

It is important book that should be in all high school and college libraries. It would have benefitted from some tighter editing but that's a minor criticism. It's heartfelt and moving and informative -- a window into the Black Queer experience in US America.

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Amy D.

Good story. I really appreciated that the author narrated it. Got it because when people say you shouldn't read a book, I gotta read it! Well written. Conservatives need to suck it up. The book was carefully and thoughtfully written. Yes, there was some descriptions of sex, but it was not gratuitous or salacious; it was more clinical. But it was about HIS life and how events affected HIM. I read way more explicit material in high school - and that book was written in the 1700s! By today's standards, I'd call this PG-13. I see no problem with high school kids reading this book.

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Great bio. Gritty, honest and story that needed to be told.

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