We Are Not Broken

George M Johnson

New memoir from George M. Johnson, the New York Times 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 each other 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.


“This is lush, luxurious art doing hard, messy heart work.” —Kiese Laymon, award-winning author of Long Division

Striking and joyful, this second memoir from George M. Johnson celebrates family and friendships….This book is love!” —Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Speak and Shout


“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.” —Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin


Intimate. Revelatory. Powerful. A must-read journey.” —Mark Oshiro, award-winning author of Anger Is a Gift


"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


“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 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

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