Today, I finished “All Boys Aren’t Blue” by George M. Johnson. I used Apple Books for the audiobook, and the author read it. It was a marvelous read. The raw, completely exposing stories of the author’s life differed from anything I’ve read recently.
Synopsis: “All Boys Aren’t Blue” is the memoir-manifesto of LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson. His story begins in a middle-class Black neighborhood in New Jersey. From earlier on, Johnson recounts feeling “different,” but knew being a gay Black boy isn’t an identity that is easy to accept. Johnson learns to successfully navigate the world as a gay boy hiding under heteronormative constraints.
The author also documents earlier childhood trauma that takes his smile, sexual trauma in his tween years, and the damage from trying to hide your authentic self for years on end.
Johnson is a great storyteller. I laughed, cried, and cringed at different parts of “All Boys Aren’t Blue.”
Perfect Read. Five stars.