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All Boys Aren't Blue
All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto | George M. Johnson
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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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Such a cutie 💕

SRWCF Oh goodness! 🐈 😻 🐈‍⬛️ 2w
OliviaV Awwww so cute❤️🐈 2w
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StaceGhost This makes me think of my son who loves to wear his princess dress and pretend he‘s nausicaa 2w
Anya91 @StaceGhost that‘s really cute. I‘m not a parent yet but i know that when I am one day I want my kids to feel comfortable expressing who they are. I think it‘s very important. My younger sister had a similar experience when she was younger. She felt more comfortable in boy clothing and I‘m glad that now that she‘s older she can where what she wants and feels comfortable just being herself. 2w
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Got the new Nook Glow Light 4e today 😄

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“American history is truly the greatest fable ever written.”
re: learning american history in school as a young black boy.

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Such a special, thoughtful and powerful book. George shares his story with unflinching grace and an open heart in a way that I hope helps people appreciate and understand the the LGBTQIA+ community. I‘m so thankful he has shared his truth with us. Highly recommend! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks 🏳️‍🌈

TheBookHippie I loved this read. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1mo
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1. A View of the Harbour / Elizabeth Taylor #BookSpin and Burning Questions by Margaret Atwood
2. The Overstory / Richard Powers
3. All the Boys Aren‘t Blue - finished audiobook #audiowalking #audiogardening #DoubleSpin

ABaB checked from the library to boost community support for LGBTQ+ 🏳️‍🌈 #gaymay #BannedBook

I appreciate the fierceness, vulnerability & bravery of George M Johnson sharing his experiences & views for this mid-life memoir.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1mo
BkClubCare Ack! All Boys Aren‘t Blue also qualifies for my #WiaN2022 Challenge #WhatsinaNameChallenge for the color category. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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I don‘t read a lot of NF and even less that are classed as memoirs! But I‘m glad I read this, an informative, engaging read. There is a lot of heart ache in this book, but the author offers their advice on getting through tough things and how it was for them, in the hope that it will help others.
Well worth a read.
#booked2022 #acomingoutstory

Cinfhen Agreed, fabulous read !! Is this the book with the grandma and the cowboy boots??? That grandma was such a wonderful support💕💕 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen yes, she‘s wonderful. Everyone needs that Grandma! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This one keeps popping onto my screens … thanks for the review! 2mo
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#motherdaughterread
She‘s home for Easter holidays ❤️ left is hers, right is mine.

Bklover Enjoy! 3mo
BarbaraBB I envy you for those mother daughter reads! Enjoy 🤍 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh that‘s lovely 👯 3mo
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TrishB @Bklover @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 2mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB I really miss them when she‘s not here! 2mo
BarbaraBB I can imagine, it must be so special! 2mo
Amiable Enjoy your precious time together! 2mo
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DMC_run8
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George Johnson's memoir of growing up in NJ simultaneously trying to define his identity and hide it. Def. ✔️ trigger warnings for this book! I wanted to read it b/c it recently made some banned books lists. Overall I enjoyed it and I hope that kids in similar circumstances have access to books like this so they have a sense of solidarity. I hope that kids in differing circumstances also read books like this to develop empathy and acceptance 4.5⭐️

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What a book. As a white, straight woman, that works with lgbtq kids, I always want to try to understand more. This was outstanding. So thankful he wrote it!

TheBookHippie I learned a ton when I read this. 3mo
Twocougs @TheBookHippie I did too!!!! 3mo
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Finished reading this ages ago and forgot to post a review. It‘s really good and even though I‘m not the target audience, I‘m still really glad it exists and hope many more people will read it.

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A powerful memoir that I highly recommend.

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All Boys Aren‘t Blue is both a memoir & a manifesto. Its tone is both academic & intensely personal. It‘s a lot of things all at once — which makes total sense, given the subject matter (and the nature of humanity)! Specifically, it‘s about growing up queer & black in America - as a middle-class person with a loving & supportive family (not a narrative we hear often). Though it feels crummy to say, I didn‘t think I was going to like it at first.👇

monalyisha 1/2: The writing is conversational & needs sharper editing (the word “though” is vastly overused). Johnson‘s vocal performance is also a bit stumbling. I settled in, however, & I think their goal is accomplished: providing a (sometimes embarrassing) candid & honest account of life for people who are often ignored. The chapter “Losing My Virginity Twice,” which includes an impassioned call for better — & inclusive! — sex ed in America, is vital. (edited) 4mo
monalyisha 2/2: Johnson shines a light on the very real damage that can be (and IS) done by leaving kids ignorant and concurrently teaching them shame. There‘s so much hurt (physical & mental) that doesn‘t need to happen, and Johnson leaves us feeling that we can all do better - and that it‘s reasonable to work for change, and to hope. (edited) 4mo
monalyisha This was another #NYWD22 pick from @TheKidUpstairs 💗💙 4mo
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Bookzombie This is an excellent review! 4mo
TheKidUpstairs I really liked the conversational tone, but I was reading rather than listening so I wonder if that made a difference? I'm glad you were able to settle in to it. I really appreciated how they didn't shy away from the pain and hurt in their story, or their own naivete in so many situations, but the overall tone was one of love. Their grandma was such a force for love. 4mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs Having just finished Will Smith‘s memoir, it was startling to me how many quirky similarities there were! Same sort of middle-class upbringing, same formative relationship with his grandma (both of which touched my heart; I was also very close with my grandmother), even the same penchant for cowboy boots when all of his siblings were picking out fresh new sneakers! 4mo
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha that's so interesting! I've got Will on my TBR, for when I'm up for a chunkster bio! Both born to stand out, by the sounds of it. 4mo
shanaqui Hmmm, thanks for the review! I've been wondering about reading this. 4mo
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These are just a small handful of books that have recently been challenged/banned/pulled from curriculums and school libraries in this country. Make no mistake...this type of censorship is getting worse and worse and is a direct threat to POC, ethnic minorities, and Queer kids and teens. We have to keep vigilant and help libraries allow access to all different types of materials to their patrons! Kids and teens need access to diverse stories!💕📚

RaeLovesToRead Let us hope that this will draw their attention and that as a result more young people will read these stories. I read Maus a few years back. It's heart breaking 💔 4mo
TrishB Carry on doing what you do! Fight the censorship. 4mo
kspenmoll Thank you @Branwen ! 4mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead That's all we can hope for! 💕📚 @TrishB @kspenmoll Thank you, friends! It's a scary time to be a teacher or librarian, that's for sure! 😦 4mo
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Here‘s my next 2 (cause I‘m cheating for ) #12booksof2021 #2ndbookof2021 #February

Love these two books so much it was too hard to decide and there were other great books I read in Feb as well!

These are both moving stories that really open your eyes to what is going on in the world around us. I truly love both these authors and they‘re on my must read list now.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Good selections. 6mo
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I always struggle with any kind of nonfiction. Took a break from this in May or June and just now finished it. It was very interesting for a nonfiction book.

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Very good

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This book was well written. I learned a lot from George. This book should become a required reading for high schoolers. I cried, laughed, and learned from George.

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This one threw me for a bit cause I'm used to memoirs being more chronological (note: I don't read that many) but as a collection of varying short stories and letters to loved ones, it was better for it. It kept constant interest without the filler of a timeline check list, with the stories each leading to a greater example about the life and experiences of a queer black boy, and expanding to encompass other queer family members.

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#Bookreport #WeeklyForecast Out of the 4 finished books the top 2 were excellent. The Hurley Maker‘s Son was quite good and is my July #Bookspin. I finished Mr. Knightley‘s Diary but was bored. So glad James Baldwin is our #AuthorAMonth and am looking forward to the 2 shown. A great week of books overall.

Cinfhen Yay!! Lots of good stuff 💕💕 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great week!!! 12mo
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“All Boys Aren‘t Blue” is a memoir following George M. Johnson‘s coming of age in their early, middle, and late adolescence. The memoir also explores family dynamics, masculinity ,gender expectations, finding community, finding oneself, sexual exploration /discovery, dating, and more. “All Boys Aren‘t Blue“ asks us to consider a world where those deemed as other, misfit , and marginalized can be multidimensional rather than monolithic.

TiminCalifornia This author did a virtual talk at our library last week for pride. Great speaker and great book! 12mo
Nikki_Reads_2021 @TiminCalifornia oh wow ! That‘s awesome !! 12mo
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Since this book has been written, Johnson identifies as non-binary and prefers they/them. This book is such an important read. You can tell their ultimate goal is to reach children who don't receive adequate sex education. This results in pain. What an advocate!!! Very graphic scenes, but I understand they are using their experiences as information. #LGBTQ+ #Nonfiction2021 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This sounds excellent! 13mo
Butterfinger @Riveted_Reader_Melissa they want to mentor because young people in the LGBTQ+ community don't have a loving and supportive family or know how to find the information. It opened my eyes and I am glad I read it. 13mo
Cinfhen I loved the grandma...and the story about the cowboy boots 😊😆 13mo
4thhouseontheleft I loved this this book, and George is such a strong and supportive voice for LGBTQIA+ POC youth. 13mo
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Perfect yard work memoir. This was completely dif than I expected, but it was a great listen. I love listening to memoirs read by the author. Great voice and solid, relatable stories, as well as stories that are completely outta my wheelhouse- eye opening while still accessible and enjoyable.

#BlackAuthors #LGBTQ #2021

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TiminCalifornia
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I hope femme boys, tomboys, and their parents find this book. George M. Johnson writes honestly about growing up as a queer black boy whose effeminate ways were obvious even from a young age. The tension between the desire to express his true love (like double-dutch jump-roping) with the society‘s expectations of boys, especially black boys (get on the football field) is eloquently expressed by the adult Johnson. Glad I audiobooked this.

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This book was amazing, but has parts that are very difficult to read (or listen to, in my case). The author narrates this, which is brilliant. I‘m committed to learning and trying to gain some understanding and empathy for those different than me. Highly recommend this book but be very aware of the authors content and trigger warnings at the beginning of the book. 💙

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Johnson writes with love and vulnerability about growing up and discovery their identity as a Black queer human. They are unafraid to delve into difficult experiences with racism, homophobia, sexual assault, and loss by always through a lens of self love and family love (truly, everyone should have the opportunity to grow in a family like this).

#OppositeDay #Girl @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Cinfhen Awesome review/ I loved the grandma 🙌🏻and the story with the boots 👢 14mo
4thhouseontheleft I loved this book so much! 14mo
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I loved reading this story. The author does a fantastic job telling the reader about his life and experiences growing up as queer. I also feel that he comes off as authentic and tells his readers about his experiences in hope that they will help someone else. Wonderful read!

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February was a bit of a month being stuck in quarantine for half of it. I got in a bit of a funk and then got out of it. I read 40 books, most on audio.

TBR books: 12
Library books: 28
Rereads: 2
Graphic novels: 6
Audiobooks: 34
Ebooks: 4

Some standouts include Concrete Rose, The Turnaway Study, All Boys Aren‘t Blue, and Witch Hat Atelier is becoming my new fave manga right now.

See any you loved? I read so many good ones this month.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How do you read so many?! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Nightingale ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Bookgoil @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I listen most of the day on x2 😂 yes The Nightingale was so good too! 1y
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ScientistSam Wow! And I love Ilona Andrews😃 1y
AmyG Wow! That‘s half a year for me. 1y
Crazeedi Excellent job! Way to go 👏🎉 1y
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“If one person is helped by my story, than it was all worth it.”

Johnson‘s memoir-manifesto is written for young adults, but I just want to shove it in everyone‘s hand. Johnson writes about their experience growing up Black and queer and does not hold back. I am thankful that they are here to share their story with all of us and look forward to their next one out later this year. #Booked2021 Color in title #BookspinBingo

Kenyazero I greatly enjoyed this book too. There was a lot of great insight and information, and George's consideration for the audience is excellent throughout as well. 1y
Cinfhen I loved the story with the cowboy boots!!! And his grandmother was awesome!! It was a great listen on audio ♥️ 1y
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Cinfhen Have to read the other book you tagged!! Thanks for sharing 😊 1y
Bookzombie @Cinfhen It looks like it comes out in September. 🙂 1y
Bookzombie @Kenyazero 🙂 I agree. 1y
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Johnson has penned a searing, vulnerable memoir of the joys and traumas of being a young Black queer person. Essays arranged to paint a picture gathering specific experiences that shaped them as a Black queer person, writer, and activist. A valuable book for young queer people navigating their identities and belongingness in the world. (Note: A young trans cousin mentioned in the book is deadnamed and misgendered in one chapter, with context)

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I don't think Breeze appreciates me using his butt as a reading stool but it's SO convenient. 😂

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Happy @24in48 friends! So glad this #readathon is back. Kicking off my weekend with this book (psssst #Kindle users it's on sale at $2.99) and some coffee in bed.

How about you?

#24in48

JulietReads Cute cup. 😍 1y
theshrinkette @JulietReads Thanks! I have a coffee cup/mug and a coffee problem lol 1y
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I really think Johnson has some important things to say regarding the intersection of being Black and queer and I think this will be a life-changing books for YA audiences that are going through similar challenges. I appreciate that Johnson doesn't just show the trauma but also talks about support from biological and found family and Black joy. I just think some places there needed to be more and that pulled me out of the book at times.

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Kristen!!!!! Thank you so much for this book!!! I almost bought it for myself because I want to read it so much!!! You are the best, most kind person ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ #LitsyLove

Bookgoil You‘re welcome! ❤️❤️❤️ I hope to read it soon too! 1y
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Damn Target and their spring loaded shelves!
I‘m excited to read the tagged book.

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This one is on my line up for this month. I've heard so many great things about it and can't wait!

#2020ReadYouNeverGotTo #CoverLove #JumpStart2021
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BeaG I enjoyed the audiobook. 1y
Karisa @BeaG Oooh, just looked it up and it's read by the author. I love audiobooks that are actually read by the person who wrote it. Thanks!
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Simple but extraordinary memoir about the daily life of teenage and college experiences of a queer person!

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This was a really good memoir. It was emotional and had me in tears at times. But it also had some fantastic moments of humor and family love. I really enjoyed listening to this.

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One of my favorite books from last year has a great kindle deal today! Actually there are a ton of really excellent books on sale today if kindle is your main platform.

Karisa Hurray! Snagged it! Thanks for the heads up! 1y
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Such an amazing book written by an amazing person for amazing readers. I learned so much about being a better human from Mr. Johnson's words.

catiewithac Sold! 1y
WorldsOkayestStepMom @catiewithac I hope you get the chance to enjoy it! It was so good! 1y
Megabooks Agree!! 1y
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"If the rest of the world could learn anything from you and this story, it is that love is an unconditional thing. That taking care of someone who took care of you is one of the most powerful and transformative things you could do on this earth."

I absolutely love this book. It may be my favorite nonfiction book of 2020.