Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Tyler Johnson Was Here

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning ...

Details Tyler Johnson Was Here

TitleTyler Johnson Was Here
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Tyler Johnson Was Here

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    “People don’t fucking know that black folks were never included in all. All-American means white. All-inclusive means white. All lives means white lives. It’s bullshit. White dolls always make it about them, and I’m pissed that they’re trying to mask their hatred with these tags.” For once, a book is just as amazing as the cover. A story about police brutality, focused around a boy whose brother is shot by a police officer. And, as I ...
  • Emma Giordano
    Review to come!
  • C.G. Drews
    This is such a heartwrenching (and important) read. And I am just a bucket of sad right now...this one hit hard. I'm really glad books like this are getting published (and #ownvoices narratives are so important) so when I say "this is depressing" I don't mean it's something that shouldn't be said!! We need to be told these types of stories again and again until the world changes.But seriously I am just 😭😭I also want to whisper that I I looo...
  • Lola
    ‘‘The human heart is like a sponge. There’s a way to squeeze out all the hurt you don’t want. And somewhere in that hurting heart of yours,’’ she says, ‘‘you’ll find some strength to go on.’’The Hate U Give meets Dear Martin.3.5 stars. This is not a mystery novel. Yes, Marvin’s brother, Tyler Johnson, disappears and, yes, Marvin does make it his mission to find him and bring him home, but this situation is dealt with quick...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Powerful.Content warnings: This book deals with topics like police brutality and racism. There is some drug dealing. There are a couple of instances where a parent threatens physical punishment toward their child. Grief is a major theme. If it is harmful to you, you may want to know that the N- word is used, but it is written by a black author and said by a black character and not as an aggression.This is compared to The...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestWow, I really wasn't a fan of this one at all and that bums me out, because I was fully expecting to love TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE. Since my feelings about this are so complicated and the subject matter is so delicate, I'm going to list out my thoughts in bullet points. (Bullet points are so much easier!)Some thoughts:1. I loved what this book was trying to do, and even if it didn't quite succe...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
  • Malia
    This is a difficult review to write, and I am slightly conflicted. I give Tyler Johnson Was Here four stars, because this book tells an important and sadly all too relevant story. Again and again, we hear the disturbing reports of police brutality, of people being murdered for nothing more than their skin color, or living in a dangerous neighborhood they lack the means to escape. It is shocking and sad and the fact that the plot is based somewhat...
  • chloe ✨
    “I’ve spent too much time wondering what people think of me and spent so long trying to look good enough for Dodson, for white people, for Mama, for everyone except myself. And I think it’s my time to finally be who I am, who I want to be” This tackles racism and police brutality, and is an important and powerful read. I am always thankful for these stories for the insight they provide, and I hope to continue seeing BLM novels being publi...
  • Ricky
    Jay Coles may be young, but don't you dare count that against him. Not when he's got a debut novel so stark and powerful as this one. Cut from much the same cloth as All American Boys, The Hate U Give, and Dear Martin, Tyler Johnson Was Here brings Black Lives Matter to the forefront of YA once again. It's the story of two black boys, twins Tyler and Marvin Johnson, both very smart and very bright and very vivacious, but they're starting to drift...
  • Kav (xreadingsolacex)
    I hated this book with everything in me. And by that, I mean it’s easily one of my favorite books of all-time.Tyler Johnson Was Here is the story of a teen, Marvin Johnson, whose twin brother, Tyler, goes missing and is later found dead. Tyler Johnson Was Here is a story of the truth, the ugly truth we want to avoid but black people can't avoid because their safety, their freedom, and their lives are at risk because of their skin color.The firs...
  • ambsreads
    Review to come.
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I feel dehydrated from crying
  • Abida's Book Adventures
    Warning: This is not a political review by any means. This is just my honest thoughts and opinions about this book. Please do not feel offended by anything that I have written.AHHHH this book is amazing!!! I have never cried so much in my life before (except when I'm cutting an onion.) This book will give you the feels, you will laugh, cry, and get mad. I have never read a book like this before. On a side note, can we please take a moment to appr...
  • Obsidian
    I struggled with this rating, but honestly, a good intent doesn't mean a thing if I cannot get into your book. Coles takes on the "Black Lives Matter" movement with "Tyler Johnson Was Here." I saw some people giving lip service to this being just like "The Hate U Give."Honestly, other books don't have to be like "The Hate U Give." They just need to be able to stand on their own. And "Tyler Johnson Was Here" read like a first draft of a book. This...
  • Aleksandra
    Tyler Johnson Was Here is amazing book and definitely one of my favorite reads of the year! It's beautifully written, the characters are complex and their relationships are realistic. It's a YA contemporary about life, grief, anger and hurt black people have to live with and through in the USA in the 21th century.The book is told from the point of view of Marvin Johnson, who's twin brother Tyler goes missing after the party went wrong. Marvin and...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: racism, police brutality, violence, gun violence, death of a sibling, authority figures who shouldn't be in positions of authority oh my God I am so mad right now. Ow, my feelings. Okay, first of all, can we please talk about how stunning this cover is? Because it is GLORIOUS. Okay. Let's move on to talking about the story here. I loved it. I loved everything about it from start to finish. Marvin is a precious little cinnamon ro...
  • Jazmen
    Tyler Johnson Was Here--did not come to be politically correct, or racially ambiguous. Tyler Johnson came to tell an ugly truth, and made no qualms about sharing its blackness, in it's raw and true form.Tyler Johnson Was Here is an experience I found both realistic and painful. It wasn't very verbose--or even eloquent for that matter. But, it was well-written and specific in it's story telling.Tyler Johnson was here is about a set of twins, Tyler...
  • kayla ☺
    4.5/5.0 STARS!RTC
  • Erica
    For a book about a black life that mattered, I know nothing about Tyler Johnson or his twin brother, Marvin. This entire story is about Marvin and his twin brother, Tyler, and how they matter.I feel about this the same way I feel about I Am Alfonso Jones - the story is going to resonate with some readers, they will feel Marvin's anger, confusion, and despair, they will understand the rage and loss he feels at finding his brother was another unarm...
  • Romie
    People will try to convince you that you don’t deserve to live.That you don't deserve to exist.They’ll ignore your voice. Lock you up.They’ll even kill you to take you out of this world.And through it all, you have to fight. Fight to remind yourself that you do matter. That you do deserve to exist. That you do deserve to have your voice heard.I dare you to read this book without crying at least once. I personally couldn’t. It is one of th...
  • Rachel Strolle
    WowwowwowwowwowwowwowwowwowI literally could not put that down
  • Nadia
    ”All-American means white. All-inclusive means white. All lives means white lives. It’s bullshit. White folks always make it about them.” 3.5 stars TW: police brutality, gun violence, death, racism The Writing I found the descriptions in the writing to be a bit simple at times, which definitely gave this a debut-novelly kind of feel. That wasn’t a bad thing, per se, but just something I thought was worth noting. I did find some of the int...
  • Aneta Bak
    Grab a box of tissues and get ready for a waterfall of tears.Tyler Johnson Was Here is such an important read. I can’t stress it enough. No matter what colour your skin is, or what country you are in, I really think you should give this novel a read, it may change the way you look at the situation.This book focuses on Marvin as he deals with the disappearance and death of his twin brother Tyler. There are so many important aspects of this book....
  • CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
    My heart ached the whole time I read this. Tyler Johnson Was Here is a vivid and heartbreaking portrait of grief, loss, and a young black teen navigating his life after it is turned upside down following a fatal act of police brutality.- This book explores how police brutality in the U.S., perpetuated against black people by police officers, have significant, terrible, and personal consequences.- Tyler Johnson has a powerful and distinct narrativ...