Tyler Johnson Was Here
by Jay Coles
What it's about: You have twin brothers Tyler and Marvin, they're raised in the inner city. Their father is currently in jail and their mother works long hours to support the family. They are entering their senior year in high school and up until now, they’ve been really close. But they are starting to drift apart. Marvin is a high achieving A+ student and Tyler is starting to ignore school in favor of hanging out with his friends in the streets. Cut to after attending a party Tyler is unjustly killed by a police officer, and Marvin is overwhelmed by grief, his angry because now the police are saying his brother was a criminal when he wasn’t as if that justifies his murder, and he has to deal with the public's response to his personal loss.
Why you might like it: Similar to Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give or Nic Stone's Dear Martin , Tyler Johnson Was Here takes a knowing, heart-wrenching look at the effects of injustice, oppression, and violence in one black teen's life.