“All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto” by George M. Johnson— Personal Essays

Johnson, George M. “All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto”,Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2020.

Personal Essays

Amos Lassen

George M. Johnson explores In a series of personal essays explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. These include getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, flea marketing with his grandmother and his first sexual relationships. Here is what Black queer boys face and a testimony  
for young queer men of color. We look at “gender identity, toxic masculinity,

brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy.” Johnson writes honestly, frankly and with emotional. His personal stories of healing and reconciliation of self are absolutely amazing. The essays are written in a way that made me feel like I was actually chatting with the writer.

“All Boys Aren’t Blue” is heartwarming, funny, and occasionally heartbreaking and Johnson’s take on trauma and tragedy is beautifully dealt with.



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