Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here

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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 is 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, mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316440776
0316440779
Branch Call Number: YA COLES 2018
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 22 cm

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When Tyler goes missing after a party, his twin brother Marvin searches the neighborhood for days but the more he learns, the more questions he has.


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Mia_923
Aug 21, 2020

This book talks about a black teen named Tyler that was shot by police, throughout this story Tylers brother fights for justice, not only for his late brother Tyler but also for other people of colour. This book highlights the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. I would highly recommend this book to other people.

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orange_dog_2832
Jul 14, 2020

This is the kind of book that will teach you about how important the "Black Lives Matter" protests really are. If I was in control of the world, I would make them read this book!! This is one of the best books that I read and it most likely will be for a very long time. I think that this book is a must read, and once finished think about the world and how there are people who live the lives of Tyler Johnson. Even though fiction this describes a real problem that many people face and I recommend people to read about that problem in this book.

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jazminefinuliar04
Jun 23, 2020

Tyler Johnson Was Here, a novel written by Jay Coles tells the story of the Johnson family, an African American family and their lives whilst the Black Lives Matter and gun control movements are occurring, as they recently lost a loved one due to police brutality. Marvin Johnson, the brother of the victim, along with their mother, think back to the night before his disappearance in which they were in the middle of a police raid at a party. They begin to unravel a chilling and heartbreaking story behind Tyler Johnson’s whereabouts; it turns out that he had been shot and killed by a police officer. After reading the book in this current time period in which we are constantly fighting for justice within our communities, I was absolutely mind blown as to how powerful and moving the themes of the story are. Reading books about police brutality and injustice within the POC community such as this novel in particular encouraged me to take initiative and take part in advocating and fighting for black justice. Overall, I highly recommend reading this book in a time like this; it really helps educate those who are unaware of the current situation through the perspective of a family who has lost a loved one, all due to the very injustices happening right now.

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penelopegomez
Sep 04, 2019

Someone get me a box of tissues because this book was heart wrenching! This book was written by Jay Coles, who was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and his own personal experience of loosing a family member to police brutally. This book does not sugar coat police brutality, like so many other YA books do... In this book Marvin and his friends are constantly the targets of police investigations, because they all fit "the profile." This book was really well written, my heart was pounding from the very first chapter when Marvin and his friends encounter a crooked cop after school as they were just riding down the street on their skateboards. Jay Cole really captured such a light and happy moment among friends, only to rip it apart within seconds, by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and fitting a description. I highly, highly recommend this book, It is told from Marvin's perspective, who's twin brother Tyler Johnson was murdered in an act of Police Brutality on his way home from a party. There are multiple instances throughout this novel where Marvin "fits a description" and my stomach was constantly in knot's reading through some of the scenarios in this book. I was constantly on edge wondering how Marvin was going to survive or if he was going to die too and become another "statistic." Not to mention the author Jay Coles is ONLY 23 years old, so it is written from a very young and fresh perspective on the movement. I think it's a really inspiring read, and it's one that should be on everybody's TBR list, 5 stars all around.

CarleeMcDot Feb 12, 2019

The hubby and I were in search of an audiobook to listen to on the trip to and from Phoenix for the Mesa-PHX Marathon and grabbed this one. I hope this doesn't come out wrong, but this story line is similar to others currently on the market (i.e. The Hate U Give, Dear Martin, etc). Don't get me wrong, it is a truth that we need to have our eyes opened up to more and more, but the plot was comparable to ones I have read recently. With that said, the hubby and I both really enjoyed this one. At the end, the hubby mentioned that the conclusion he was expecting (or wanting) never really came, but I guess that's not really the point, is it? The heart of the matter is that (without sounding trite) black lives matter. These people killed were and are more than just a hashtag - they are someone's son, someone's brother, someone's friend. This is not a story hating on police or whites, it's a novel the author wrote based on true events in his life. This is reality in America - there is police brutality, there is racism, there is hate. We need to do everything in our power to overcome these truths and fight for a better world, a better life. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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Maria_Wa
Sep 03, 2018

I loved this book and I definitely recommend it to everyone. The topic this book discusses is so important which makes this book a must-read for basically everyone. This book was eye-opening and taught me more about this issue than any news article I've read.

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samcmar
Jul 26, 2018

We need more books like Tyler Johnson Was Here, written by young voices. This fantastic debut explores police brutality, racism, prejudice, and the way in which people are labelled. This book is about a boy named Marvin, who loses his twin brother, and begins to start his own social media revolution. This story is powerful, it's thoughtful, and it has me excited to see what Jay Coles is going to write in the future.

I do want to talk about the writing because I think I will be hit-or-miss with some reader. There are moments of beautiful passages and metaphors, but there's also moments where the writing does feel a tad stilted and awkward. There were a few times where I had to reread sentences to ensure I knew what Marvin was getting at, though this only happened a few times. Regardless of how you view the language, the subject matter is fairly brutal and very eye-opening.

Marvin is a fantastic protagonist going through grief, and I found I could connect with him on that level. There are instances where he shuts down and he'll mention how he feels empty or lonely, and I know it was something I could relate to. The loss of Tyler in this story shows how torn apart Marvin and his mother are, as through a large part of them was stolen by police violence. You get a sense throughout the story that people, specifically white people, need to smarten up and listen -- and damn straight we do.

I will say, I wasn't entirely super sold on the relationship between Marvin and Faith in the story. It felt too insta-lovey for me personally, but I will say that I did like Faith as a character a lot. I loved that she tried to be guidance for Marvin, offering him support and kindness. I loved G-Mo and Ivy, who I felt were developed just enough that you see their compassion and care for Marvin and his family. Hell, I even adored the passages we get from Marvin's father in prison and some of the lessons and social commentary he makes about being black and living in a world where people peg you one way, and it's all they can see.

I think Tyler Johnson Was Here is a powerful debut that tackles some rough subject matters, and does it in such a pro-active way. It doesn't shy away from emotion, it's brutally honest and unapologetic, and we need more stories like this. I feel like I still have so much to learn after reading this book.

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donutwombat
Jun 29, 2018

This heartbreaking new read reflects the racism and injustice in our world today. If you enjoyed The Hate U Give, a book of similar topic published last year, you will definitely enjoy this one.

ArapahoeBridget Jun 28, 2018

I've been waiting for this since I first saw the beautiful cover, and it lives up to the art. Try this if you're looking for more liked The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas or Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Also, read with tissues nearby.

JCLAbbeyL Jun 06, 2018

This is another powerful story about a black teen shot by a cop. It presents perspectives and outlooks on things from a space that some of us have never had to experience, and that is valuable. Listening to Tyler's brother tell this story breaks your heart, but it also makes it stronger.

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