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
GenreContemporary, Young Adult

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 ...
  • Lola Reviewer
    ‘‘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...
  • Rachel Strolle
    WowwowwowwowwowwowwowwowwowI literally could not put that down
  • 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....
  • Liam
    52 Book Challenge Week 30: Tyler Johnson Was Here (ARC)I considered giving this a DNF but I'm no quitter. While I really appreciate the themes and the overarching message of this book and understand the importance of them in mainstream media, I just wish it had been written differently. The pacing seemed really choppy, I felt there was little to no character development throughout, I felt the descriptions came across pretty crudely, and this last...
  • Sarah
    I'll be the first to admit, it's been a LONG time since I've read a YA book I've enjoyed. But this book and its important message were super refreshing. At its center, this is about the Black Lives Matter movement. Seventeen-year-old Marvin Johnson narrates about his twin brother Tyler who was brutally and unnecessarily killed by a white cop. Even though the two had grown further apart in recent years, they had a powerful bond that made this trag...
  • Emily Cait
    The message is important, but I didn't like the pacing of the story.
  • Scott Reintgen
    Yeah... You need this book. It's fantastic.I'll be updating this review closer to the book's release. Go ahead and get in line folks!
  • Melissa
    **Actual rating: 3.5 stars**Before I start this review, I want to say: THIS COVER IS FREAKIN' GORGEOUS. I want to marry it.Anyway, the book inside is pretty great as well. It deals with an important issue in a scary, honest, captivating way, and I couldn't stop reading. I particularly loved the first half of the book. Though the pacing was off sometimes, I was so wrapped up in the story and the characters and the writing that I was able to ignore...
  • Adam Sass
    Jay Coles's book has shredded my nerves and annihilated my expectations. What Jay has done is to create a dream of justice in a nightmare world of police brutality and shattered hopes. Can't wait to get my hardcover!
  • Casey (caseydillabooks)
    This book wasn’t what I was expected, and I feel like it’s kind of something different at each part. The first part was kind of a mystery/hunt for Marvin’s missing brother, but around the middle (and this is only a minor spoiler because this is how the book was pitched to me) it turns into a more visceral reaction to finding out that his brother was murdered by a police officer. While the book reads very quickly, it was this second part tha...
  • Laurène Poret
    This book is more than worth your time, it is worth your heart and tears.
  • Natasha Lane
    I really struggled with what star-rating to give this book. I went back-and-forth between a 2.5 or 3 but in the end, decided on a 3 because I feel like the story is culturally relevant and needs to be told. However, several parts of the story were just lacking for me and I will discuss those below. First, let's start with the good stuff.As I said above I appreciate the story itself. I think it's a story that needs to be told and read, particularl...
  • Jamie
    4.5*Received an e-galley from Netgalley in return for an honest review.*Marvin and his twin brother Tyler have been raised in the hood and taught by their mother "the rules" and how to survive. With their dad in jail for a crime he didn't commit, the boys, now seniors in high school, start growing apart from each other. Marvin is worried about the people Tyler is starting to hang out with. A party upends both of their lives.I liked the story, but...
  • Just Reading Everything
    After Marvin and his twin brother, Tyler, attend a warehouse party turned violent by police raid, Tyler disappears. But evidence of the aftermath arises by way of cell phone footage, revealing Tyler was a victim of an unjust police shooting. While both Marvin and his mother grieve his loss, Marvin believes Tyler needs to be more than a hashtag and starts seeking justice. While Coles pens a heart-wrenching fictional story, the nature of police bru...
  • Trista
    This book was the latest one that I've read that dealt with the subject of police brutality, following in the steps of books like The Hate U Give and Dear Martin. No matter how many books comes out about this topic, it's not something I will ever be desensitized to, nor should it be. This book really hit me in a different way as the other because it dealt with the main character losing a sibling, being terrified when his brother didn't come home,...
  • Madison
    I don't usually don't leave reviews for books, but this book inspired me. I recieved this book as an ARC at YALLFest. With its complex characters and suspenseful storyline, this book is absolutely great for lovers of Dear Martin and The Hate U Give. Marvin's situation is relatable and this book provides an amazing dialog on grief and police brutality as well as gang culture and sterotypes. I highly recommend it!