All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
A three-quarters profile of a Black teenager wearing a hat with large, colorful flowers.

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age 16+

Moving, explicit look at growing up Black and queer.

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An important read for queer teens and allies

The power of this memoir is in its honesty for queer youth - both in terms of acceptance, understanding and battling oppression, and as we discover towards the end of the book, coping with and moving on from abuse. The descriptions of sexual abuse, as well as the narrator's first times in a consensual sexual encounter, are the "controversial" parts. Those who read these passages out-of-context and demand the book should be banned neglect to consider the real issues of sex and terribly sometimes sexual abuse high schoolers are dealing with.

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