Audiobook Review & Giveaway: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson is the YA GLBTQIA+ memoir of the year! You heard it here first. This book will win all the awards – because it made me feel all the feels. It does feel kind of weird to review a non-fiction book, but my thoughts are below! Also there are only a few days left to enter our #PrideGiveaway which includes a copy of this book and 5 other Black Queer books that all have special painted edges!
All Boys Aren't Blueby George M. Johnson
on April 28, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Non-Fiction, GLBTQIA+
IndieBound, Bookshop, Audible
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.
All Boys Aren’t Blue is a striking young adult memoir about growing up Black and queer. George M. Johnson puts a lot of his life into these pages, and if you listen to the audiobook, which he also narrates, I think the story hits home even more.
There is a lot of pain and joy in these pages, but that is the point. This is the life for many queer children, add on the intersectionality of being a queer Black child and you add on more challenges to be faced. There were two scenes in the book that literally made me put it down and walk away, it was really hard to listen to, but again, the pain and experience was important as a way to learn and empathize. Plus it also shows the youth how to overcome and make it through some hard shit that life can throw at you.
Whomever said words have power is definitely right. This book is powerful and Johnson states at one point that he really hopes this book ends up in the hands of a teen who needs it, and well you know what, I hope so to, because the world today is hard on our youth, but especially hard on the Black queer community. I am so proud that this memoir exists — that these experiences are available and they are real, not a fictional tv show profiting off queer pain, but truly lived. All Boys Aren’t Blue is powerful, heartbreaking, and so important.
Content Warnings: Physical Abuse, Racism, Bullying, Transphobia, Deadnaming on page, Death, Grief, Homophobia, Sexual Abuse (familial & non-familial).
To help raise awareness and to celebrate Pride, today we are giving away this stack of Black queer YA books that have all been painted by Edged in Starlight!
Pictured (top to bottom in 1st photo):
How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters (green edges)
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (yellow/orange ombre)
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus (purple)
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (pink/purple ombre)
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (pink & blue)
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann (purple ombre)
The giveaway is US/PR only. Closes on July 4th. Must provide a mailing address in the rafflecopter to win!a Rafflecopter giveaway