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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

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.

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2020 George M. Johnson (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Love at 1st read

I’m not much of a reader and I wanted to start a new habit by reading 1 book a week. This was my first book. I laughed. I teared. I reflected. And lastly, I finished this work feeling empowered and validated.

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This book is everything!

I cannot wait to teach this to my students :)
Style: Perfect
Content: Necessary
Form: Inspirational

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So NEEDED!

This book is wonderful! I connected with so many of the stories. I cried, and rooted for you throughout. Thanks for writing this book, it’s definitely valuable.

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I am disappointed in the pushback. This was a great memoir

I am not a crier, but as a neurodivergent, non-binary, African American/Hispanic individual, this book spoke to me on so many levels. As an SA survivor and an individual who cared for my grandmother as she left this world from metastatic cancer…I am astounded in the well-rounded ness and the tact in describing such sensitive topics. I had some tears, I even had a sob or two as I identified all too well.

This is a book I wish I had when I skulked through my school libraries, as a child who felt they had no place in this world. To know that you can still find acceptance and learn even if you don’t conform to any of society’s norms. I hope any young adult that needs to read this can. I hope they learn and have the opportunity to grow. I hope any adult can also learn and grow. Brava, Mr. Johnson. Thank you for this.

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A beautifully important coming of age story

A must-listen for Black Black queer young adults, and for those who walk with them (us). Blessings and '06!

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I loved it!!!

This book was filled with some much love and I truly resonated with George’s memoir b/c it reminded me of my childhood. ❤️❤️❤️

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Page turner loves this book

Really enjoyed very transparent and so open I throughly enjoyed this book and related to some of the background from him being from my home town and state and hearing about his overall experience there definitely brought back some memories. I was so intrigued by the levels of vulnerability, complexity and over strength that was displayed to share such moments with the world. I am humbly grateful to be able to get a peak into his world through this novel.

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Required reading

I would’ve purchased the paperback, but I had 5 Audible credits, so I decided to use them here. Moved, delighted and entertained is the best way to describe my reaction to this memoir-manifesto by George M. Johnson (a.k.a. Matt). Kudos to the author for finding his voice and courage to share his truth with us. As a cisgender woman, I learned so much. It never dawned on me how one-sided sex education is, until George shared his side of what was missing. And I know that queer boys will learn from this story and be able to have a place to turn to with their questions—and find answers. My husband heard me listening to the book and asked: Is that your gay frat brother? Me: No, he’s not a Que. But he’s still fam because 1. he’s a writer. 2. he’s black 3. he’s an HBCU alum and 4. he’s Greek. OOP-PHI! #hbcumade

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incredibly deep and very connected autobiography

I really enjoyed this book a lot. I am a cisgender white gay man and so I don't always understand the intersectionality of what it's like to be a person with brown skin, but I felt like the author really took me through way more than what it's like to have a different skin color. George took us through his life and the celebration of understanding and misunderstanding. I just really like this and I feel like it's a very important book for all queer people, but especially Young men who are gay or queer or questioning. it talks about sexual health and different ways to think about relationships which can provide a much better understanding than we are often times given as queer people. I felt like the author really helps us to look at some major issues but with personal stories, humor, and beautiful thought. thank you for writing this. I've taken a lot away from it! :-) love you! :-)

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Being gay was harder then being black.

I feel like George had a much better life than poor white people and definitely better than poor black. His education as described was far more comprehensive than mine or my kids were. For him, being gay was a much bigger issue.

I just don’t understand what he would want the schools to teach. In my generation, we were taught about our bodies and how they would change and what to do so as not to get pregnant. No one ever told me that sex would hurt. Yet it did. No one told me what I should do or want to do.

Do we want to teach the mechanics of sex? Isn’t it different for everyone? Will a less fortunate black learn from this book? Will a gay white male learn anything?

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Window to one’s life

A great story teller and a strong personality to contain his true self to respect the family around him until the right moment for him to come out !!

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amazing and emotional.

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this man's life and struggles he really sent home a message that I feel as if I was looking for

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Extremely important story for young people, especially those who are learning more about their gender expression, queer identity, and are a part of the Black community (but good for other people to learn about George's story, too).

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Essential for all black queer people!

Thank you for sharing your story. I see myself in so much of what you have shared. I'm really grateful that children and teenagers will have this to see themselves also.