Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles first caught my attention with that gorgeous cover! The story, however, seems as though it is not going to be so pretty. Does this book not sound like it is going to be incredibly gripping and hard-hitting? I look forward to learning more about this one and I am sure that copious amounts of tissues will be on hand as well.

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Tyler Johnson Was HereTitle: Tyler Johnson Was Here
Author: Jay Coles
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 20, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.


Book Quotes: Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

I prayed for twenty years. Nothing happened until I got off my knees and started marching with my feet.

…the thing about hate is you can’t throw it on someone else without getting a little bit on yourself.

About Jay Coles

Jay Coles

Jay Coles is a MG and YA author. He lives in Muncie, Indiana with aspirations to live in Los Angeles. Also, Jay is a composer, musician, and missionary where he gets to mentor college students.

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12 thoughts on “Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads) says:

    This seems to be a new trend in books but I’m okay with that. I’m super curious about this one and wish it was coming out sooner as I am planning a mini read of Dear Martin and The Hate You Give around MLK day.

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    Yeah, there will definitely be tears involved with this one, no doubt about it. It sounds like a very “now” story, and hopefully it will be what it should be.

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