All Boys Aren’t Blue is an eye-opening and necessary book that I would recommend to everyone. I am so glad I decided to read this because it allowed me to learn through the perspective of a different identity than myself.
This is the first time I’ll be reviewing a memoir on my blog, so keep reading to know all my thoughts!
Title: All Boys Aren’t Blue
Author: George M Johnson
Publisher / Published: April 28th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Trigger Warnings: You can find here
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
What first drew me in about this book is the cover. I mean…it’s absolutely gorgeous. That being said, this book is about the experiences of a queer black boy growing up in America. I’m not a fan of nonfiction books in general because I usually get bored, but memoirs are something I always love because of how they open you up to a different person’s life.
Anyways, All Boys Aren’t Blue might be one of the most up close and personal memoirs I’ve read because it really felt like George M Johnson was being so honest with the readers. He doesn’t hold back in anything as he reflects on his life from a young boy to a teen to an adult. One reason I think the reader is able to connect so well with his words and story is because the writing style is written in a casual style as if Johnson is talking with you. It definitely worked very well for this type of book and was easy to read. I almost wish more authors would write their memoirs like this!
I won’t lie, this book was hard to read at times because of certain events Johnson had to go through. From a young child there were events in his life that made me want to put the book down at times. He iterates how all those events shape who he is today which is also shown in the memoir. However, there were also so many happy moments and positive people in his life that kept him going ❤️
Navigating in a space that questions your humanity isn’t really living at all. It’s existing. We all deserve more than just the ability to exist.All Boys Aren’t Blue
I truly think this is a book everyone should pick up regardless of their identity. It has powerful messages about acceptance, both of yourself and others. It’s written in a way that is geared towards a young adult audience, which is so great since Johnson talks about how he wants other young kids who may be struggling to know that they are not alone. It’s also a great book for adults to read because Johnson wouldn’t be where he is today without the support of his family.
All Boys Aren’t Blue dives into several topics and misconceptions that society has about being queer and black while also discussing his own experiences. I would 100% recommend you pick it up.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
That’s it for today’s post! I hope to have more book reviews up later this week or next because I’ve read quite a few recently and am behind on writing my thoughts on them 🙈
Have you read All Boys Aren’t Blue? Is it on your TBR?