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 a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean. Tyler Johnson Was Here is a stunning account of police brutality in modern America.
This book is not for the faint of heart, literally. Jay Coles holds no punches and does not dilute his characters blackness for anything. Which is what I think I enjoyed the most of it all.
There were so many moments where I was recounting the times I’ve been stopped by the police, and how I could have been Tyler Johnson, there was an emotional connection to this book that didn’t let me put it down, until I finished it.
With the rise of YA novels and novels in general centering around police brutality, black lives matter, and hot topics related this stands aside as a gritty, honest take on it. It’s the titanic of YA novels, will go down as a classic. okay tasteless, sorry.
There are a lot of things that work for this novel: the book is paced really well. Jay Coles cuts just enough of the fluff that plagues typically Young Adult novels and gets right the point and holds nothing back.
This book will get you attached to all the characters, you’ll be rooting for them. Crying with them. Shoot, you’ll feel like they’re sitting right next to you and y’all are watching the video together.
There is so much to say, but I don’t want to spoil anything so Im not yet, will make an updated version later. All in All i give this book 4 out of 5 stars