We Are Not Broken

Category: Book
By (author): Johnson, George M
Subject:  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / General
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Boys & Men
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / LGBT
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Topics / Class Differences
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: September 2021
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 8.60in x 5.80in x 1.15in
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From The Publisher*New memoir from George M. Johnson, the bestselling author of All Boys Aren't Blue-a "deeply impactful" (Nic Stone), "striking and joyful" (Laurie Halse Anderson), and "stunning read" (Publishers Weekly, starred) that celebrates Black boyhood and brotherhood in all its glory. 

This is the vibrant story of George, Garrett, Rall, and Rasul -- four children raised by Nanny, their fiercely devoted grandmother. The boys hold one another close through early brushes with racism, memorable experiences at the family barbershop, and first loves and losses. And with Nanny at their center, they are never broken.

George M. Johnson captures the unique experience of growing up as a Black boy in America through rich family stories that explore themes of vulnerability, sacrifice, and culture.

Complete with touching letters from the grandchildren to their beloved matriarch and a full color photo insert, this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir is destined to become a modern classic of emerging adulthood.
Review Quote*"A deeply impactful account of intergenerational love that reveals the power of accepting young people exactly as they are while encouraging them to be ever more themselves. George Matthew Johnson has done it again!"-Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin
Review Quote*"George M. Johnson has done it again - they have written a beautiful book that will take up a honey-sweet and sun-warmed residence in my soul for a long time to come. We Are Not Broken is a gorgeous love letter to Black matriarchs who give everything to love, care for and protect their children. It's about the importance of family and the unbreakable bonds that supersede blood and last far longer than a lifetime. While society constantly villfies Black boys before they can even reach puberty, We Are Not Broken shares stories about how love, care and the freedom to be soft and vulnerable can be not only healing, but life-changing."
 -Aiden Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys
Review Quote*"We Are Not Broken feels like a long conversation, like those that spill into the early morning. It is intimate. Revelatory. Powerful. George M. Johnson centers Nanny in this memoir, charting the importance she played not only in their life, but in the life of a sprawling, loving, and deeply complex family. Seen through their eyes (and some deeply touching letters from others), it's the story of a brilliant Black woman and the invaluable lessons she taught all those who knew her. A must-read journey."
 -Mark Oshiro, award-winning author of Anger is a Gift
Review Quote*"Love-deep, soulful, clarifying love-shines in George M. Johnson's writing like sunlight passing through a church's stained-glass windows. Their storytelling and the mission that propels the telling is always right on time."-Saeed Jones, award-winning author of How We Fight For Our Lives
Review Quote*"George Johnson writes emotions the way the greatest writers write characters.  I've literally never read a book that made me feel so many layered emotions I'd forgotten or was afraid to accept. This is lush luxurious art doing hard messy heartwork."-Kiese Laymon, award-winning author of Long Division
Review Quote*"Striking and joyful, this second memoir from George M. Johnson celebrates family and friendships and will make readers feel seen. This book is love!"
 -Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Shout
Review Quote*"An intensely emotional, stunning read, Johnson's memoir memorializes the legacy of their grandmother-and all of the Black grandmothers who have built the foundations necessary to ensure that their families would not only survive but flourish."-Publishers Weekly
Review Quote*"This sequel to All Boys Aren't Blue poignantly recalls author Johnson's childhood...Johnson, who grew up identifying as a gay, effeminate teen boy, shares how they always felt protected and loved within their family. There's not a lot of current literature that explores stories of young, Black, gay men. This accessible and reflective memoir helps fill that gap."-Booklist
Review Quote*"The stories in this book are full of joy, love, humor, and pain...Through this love letter to the matriarch of their family, Johnson highlights all the ways the world tried to break them but didn't succeed.
 -SLJ