In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years. 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. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.
There’s a first for everything, right? Well, for me, this first is admitting I am writing about a book I haven’t read yet.
But the book “All Boys Aren’t Blue” by George M. Johnson is sitting next to me. And I’m going to suggest you get a copy near you sometime soon.
As a librarian, I comb lists of forthcoming titles, place many holds on newer books for kids and teens, and never get to them all. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while, and flipping through the pages I see black and white photographs, snippets of historical recaps and boldly titled chapters like “Losing Hope” and “The Prom Kings We Never Were.”
This memoir manifesto by cultural critic Johnson navigates Blackness, masculinity and queerness while asking readers to explore the social forces that shape their lives. It is the mark of a good book, to become absorbed by a story while also finding encouragement to untangle your own.
I hope to dive in soon, and am excited to see this #OwnVoices title available in so many digital formats while print copies are in high demand!
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