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An exuberant, unapologetic memoir infused with a deep but cleareyed love for its subjects. --The New York Times
This title opens new doors, as the author insists that we don't have to anchor stories such as his to tragic ends: 'Many of us are still here. Still living and waiting for our stories to be told--to tell them ourselves.' A critical, captivating, merciful mirror for growing up black and queer today.
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
An absolute necessity . . . the personal stories and the healing and reconciliation of self in this title are all undeniably honest and relatable--a reminder of our shared imperfection and humanity. --Booklist
The conversational tone will leave readers feeling like they are sitting with an insightful friend . . . This young adult memoir is a contemporary hallmark of the blossoming genre. Johnson anchors the text with encouragement and realistic guidance for queer Black youth. --School Library Journal
Johnson's debut is a collection of heartfelt personal essays revolving around themes of identity and family . . . In a publishing landscape in need of queer black voices, readers who are sorting through similar concepts will be grateful to join him on the journey. --Publishers Weekly
Powerful . . . Johnson's book is geared toward young adults--a market that needs this level of realness about everything from finding and harboring joy to bullying to navigating queerness. All Boys Aren't Blue is a game changer.
A personal examination of what it's like to grow up as a black and queer young man . . . a can't-miss collection