All Boys Aren’t Blue has spoken to me – Book Review

Wow! What more can I say.

I really enjoyed reading All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson, and found it so relatable considering, I’m not a person from the LGBTQ+ community, and I did not grow up in the USA. Holidays don’t count for me, I’m afraid.

As a YA book, I believe the memoir serves as a brilliant guide to navigating the conversations around gender, identity and sexuality for all ages – with the intersection of race. 

I loved the essay structure and found each honest, refreshing and sometimes raw. So many parts of the book resonated with me eg being known by your middle name for the majority of your life and adapting to being known by your first name.

George’s explorations around what it means to be masculine were also insightful as he navigated school and college, participating in sports as well as joining a fraternity.

The cover and the title drew  me to the book as they were both visually striking.

George’s family sound loving, and it was beautiful to read that they weren’t homophobic, but rather accepting, understand and loving. Why was it beautiful, it was beautiful as often Black people are portrayed as being more homophobic than other ethnicities.

I would 100% recommend All Boys Aren’t Blue to not just the teenagers experiencing this, but to the adults around them, as well as any adult who wants to understand.

A must read.

***Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House Children’s/ Puffin for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.***

For the purposes of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge this book fulfils A YA book by a Black author prompt.

You can get All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson from all usual retailers including Amazon, Book Depository, Foyles, Waterstones and other independent book stores, as well as Audible now

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you read All Boys Aren’t Blue, if so what are your thoughts, or has my review inspired you to read the book?

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