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3.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  280 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
All Dylan wants is mojo. What is mojo? It's power. The ability to command respect. It's everything Dylan doesn't have. He gets no respect at school, and when he finds the dead body of a classmate, even the police push him around. All the thanks he gets for trying to help the investigation with his crime drama skills is a new nickname at school: Body Bag. So when Dylan hear ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ashley Granger
May 20, 2013 Ashley Granger rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Dylan is a high school student desperately searching for “mojo,” that certain something that will give him power and respect. After fleeing from bullies, ending up in a dumpster with a dead classmate, being threatened by the police, and earning him the nickname “body bag,” Dylan decides something drastic needs to be done. He hears about a missing girl from an upscale high school and decides that he is going to be the one to find her, making him the savior of a beautiful, grateful girl – and the ...more
Meera19
Apr 07, 2016 Meera19 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars.

This book was NOT entertaining. And the writing style kept me totally distracted from the actual book: I was like, "What's up?" He goes, "Nothing. You."

I mean, that's how people talk in real life, but I'm not a fan of it in writing form. Besides, the plot is kind of unrealistic and the quote on the cover 'When a beautiful girl goes missing, don't go looking for her' makes you think, 'Stupid Dylan.'

Sorry not sorry.
Jon
Mar 14, 2013 Jon rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, mystery
Seen At Scott Reads It
1-1.5 Stars
Thanks to Random House for providing me with an ARC of Mojo in exchange for a honest review. When I was chosen to be an Ambuzzador for Mojo on Random Buzzers, I was pretty ecstatic. Random Buzzers is an online community devoted to spreading the word about Random House titles for children and teens. Mojo was the first book I have read by National Book Award Finalist.

It's hard to enjoy a book when you have a distaste for the protagonist. I found Dylan to be an e
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Lisa
Apr 17, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
I had applied a while back for the Ambuzzador Program through RandomBuzzers, a division of Random House, not expecting anything and not even knowing what book would be coming if I was selected. So when Mojo showed up in my mailbox, I had to do some serious backtracking to figure out where it had come from.

I really had no idea what to expect when I read the book. It didn't seem like my usual kind of book, but I entered into it with a very open mind. I had a few false starts, having started readi
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Edgardo Pagaza
Sep 10, 2015 Edgardo Pagaza rated it it was amazing
Mojo by Tim Tharp takes place in Oklahoma City, and is about a boy named Dylan who wants nothing more in life than some "mojo" which will give him power and respect because as of the beginning of the story, he has neither of those things. He ends up finding the dead body of a classmate inside of a dumpster and gets stuck with the nickname "bodybag" which lowers his respect level even more. Soon after that, Dylan finds out about a rich girl from a private school across town who has gone missing, ...more
Raheem Naughty
Mojo by Tim Tharp is about a high school student named Dylan searching for mojo something that will give him respect and popularity. After escaping from some thugs chasing him and his friend randy he ends up in a dumpster with a dead person who turns out to be his classmate then being threatened by the police, and bullied by the kids at school that got him the name “body bag,” Dylan decides on something he has never done before. He hears about a missing girl from a rich high school and decides t ...more
Elijah Kendall
Feb 19, 2016 Elijah Kendall rated it really liked it
Mojo by Tim Tharp is a realistic-fiction novel about these two juniors who are close friends, named Dylan and Randy, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. First they are chased and end up where they wouldn't want to be. They ran through the school parking lot and split up. Randy ran in the school and Dylan decided to run in an alley. He had nowhere else to go so and his only option left was to go in the dumpster. The guys they were running from find Dylan and see the body. Immediately ...more
Marycherry
Jul 27, 2015 Marycherry rated it liked it
Mojo was a book I wanted to like, but I just couldn't. The story had a lot of problems, starting with the main character. He was supposed to be an average guy, looking for some respect, and that, theoretically, should make him seem human and connectable to readers. Was he human? Without a doubt; he was fleshed out relatively well. Connectable? Not so much. I think it had a lot to do with the choices he made; he was blindly trusting and wound up buried in some serious shit that was just impossibl ...more
Asghar Abbas
Nov 19, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing
I didn't review this ? Well, I'll just say one simple thing : READ IT.
This and Spectacular now, read them now. Pronto. Chop chop.
Salom
Oct 03, 2014 Salom rated it it was ok
Decent pastiche of noir archetypes, but the narrator Dylan's near-total naivete and gullibility began to grate as the story continued. Perhaps if the story was pitched as a comedy and Dylan as an inept detective out of his element, it would work better-- Dylan accidentally finding a dead body, literally stumbling over a clue, spends 2/3rds of the novel happily thinking the wealthy powerful kids are kind to him out of the goodness of their hearts. Without being played totally for comedy, it just ...more
Ivy
Apr 23, 2015 Ivy rated it it was ok
Shelves: don-t-bother
Ugh! What a stinker of a book. Dylan is a bullied kid who stumbles upon a body in a dumpster while evading bullies. Moronic, unrealistic drama ensues and it seems like Dylan wants so badly to be liked that he is blinded to the obvious hypocrisy of his so-called new friends.

When another person disappears, Dylan turns amateur sleuth to find the missing girl and a possible connection to the body in the dumpster. When he comes dangerously close to solving the mystery, he finds himself the next targ
...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 17, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Dylan doesn't go to the best school, but he is still surprised and dismayed to find the body of a school mate, Hector Maldonado, in a dumpster where he is hiding from bullies. When a local girl from a swankier school, Ashton Browning, goes missing, Dylan thinks the two events might be connected, and decides to investigate. The promise of a cash reward that he needs in order to buy a car doesn't hurt. Dylan and his friend Audrey get drawn into the world of the swanky school, especially the activi ...more
Annette
Nov 12, 2013 Annette rated it liked it
I didn't really enjoy Mojo very much. I felt it was contrived and unrealistic.

I'm going to give you the Amazon.com summary:

All Dylan wants is mojo. What is mojo? It's power. The ability to command respect. It's everything Dylan doesn't have. He gets no respect at school, and when he finds the dead body of a classmate, even the police push him around. All the thanks he gets for trying to help the investigation with his crime drama skills is a new nickname at school: Body Bag. So when Dylan hears
...more
sasha shamblen
Mar 10, 2013 sasha shamblen rated it it was amazing
Mojo by Tim Tharp is an amazing story. I loved it. I have to admit though that before I began it I wasn’t all that intrigued, I thought it would be one of those mysteries where you could guess the ending, but with Mojo you couldn’t.

Tim jumps right into the plot. He writes very detailed descriptions but not with ones you don’t care about. They are the ones that ultimately lead to the outcome or ones that make it so we can feel sympathy or animosity towards the separate characters.

He also, right
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Deena
Jul 22, 2015 Deena rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I wasn't really sure if I was going to like this book. I've been on a teen fiction kick, mostly in an attempt to squeeze them all in before I no longer qualify as a teen, so I thought I'd give the book a chance. Also the cover is kinda cool.

The main surprise of this book is that the main character was likable. He wasn't a complete idiot (for the most part). And the parts where he seemed to not be the brightest, it was believable because he was a young, naive teenager.

The only thing that prevents
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Luisa
Jan 17, 2016 Luisa rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fiction
I actually really enjoy this book. It's got some stereotypes, but the characters are relatable and funny. I should also note that this book deals with sexuality in an admirable way, in that it doesn't. A lesbian characters is a lesbian character, and that is all that is made of it. It is not a major plot point, it is treated as a normal occurrence, because it is! The plot itself is rather elaborate and funny, and it's an engaging mystery.
jiawei Ong
May 08, 2013 jiawei Ong rated it it was amazing
The only person who can keep a secret forever is a dead one, so knowing more leaves a person more susceptible to danger. Nonetheless, Dylan still seeks knowledge, because he believes knowledge comes with power, or mojo. Dylan’s high school life is not entirely pleasing and worsens after the incident of discovering the body of a school mate, Hector Maldonado in a dumpster. Dylan is referred to as “Body Bag” ever since. When a local girl, Ashton Browning, from another high school goes missing, Dyl ...more
Kayla Geee
I was really excited about reading this book, and I really wanted to like it. But I lost interest in the middle honestly. It didn't seem very...interesting anymore. The SPARK with me and the book is gone. I didn't even get to the part where he finds the girl! Though I hope to finish it someday, and hopefully change my mind about it. I still love Tim Tharp for his "Spectacular Now."
Radhika
May 30, 2013 Radhika rated it liked it
Mojo means power! It commands respect. What every teenager desires in that phase of life where he is discovering himself and facing lot of challenges and fears while going through the tumultuous phase
Tim Thorpe has really weaved a good story line.

Dylan a highschooler who is bullied at school and considers himself at the lowest rung of the social ladder and dreams of acheiving the MOJO status. He gets involved in a murder mystery, as he finds the body of Hector M in the garbage can where he hide
...more
Sacramento Public Library
What better way to make a name for yourself than to find a dead body? Dylan wants to make a name for himself; he wants star power, he wants recognition, he wants “mojo.” What follows are events beyond his wildest imagination. It’s amazing what can happen when people have seemingly unlimited time on their hands. 4/5 stars; I would highly recommend this book! --KD
Emily
Apr 08, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-mystery
Through randombuzzers.com, a site full of fun stuff for teen readers, I was given an advanced reader's copy of this book with the task to read it, review it, and spread the word about it. I do not care at all for mystery stories, and was thus not looking forward to reading it, but it was actually ok. It was definitely a very engaging book, and I have to appreciate it for the writing style if nothing else. I also liked how it combined the drama of everyday life as a teenager with the mystery of a ...more
Suzanne Sutton
Jan 29, 2016 Suzanne Sutton rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-books
Read it because I needed some more male protagonists in my classroom library. It's set in OKC, so hopefully that will also appeal to some readers. It was okay, it kind of strained to capture a teenage voice and then keep it, but the characters were vivid and just enough of a twist to keep it interesting.
Kari
Apr 26, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2012
I was expecting a completely different book. I really enjoyed it. I think the thing that appealed to me the most was the main character. Dylan isn't the most popular kid. He is just your average teen trying to make it through high school intact. He isn't spoiled and has parents that pay attention to him. Even if he thinks they are lame. It's a real coming of age story. Through the mystery, he learns who is true friends are and what is really important in life. Mojo isn't all it's cracked up to b ...more
April Barber
Dec 31, 2014 April Barber rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This book was given to me to read by my twelve year old son. I needed something to read while in a waiting room and it was what was available.

The book was ok, there was a twist at the end that made it somewhat decent. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I were younger, say twelve.
Miygin
May 10, 2016 Miygin rated it really liked it
Not exactly the most likable main character in contemporary lit., but the book was certainly unique. It almost defies genre, in fact. The mystery aspect doesn't last for long, but if you like quirky and highly unlikely underworlds, read on.
Sonia
Sep 03, 2014 Sonia rated it liked it
I so wanted to like this novel, but I think I just wasn't in the mood for noir. It reminded me a little of movie Brick with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I skimmed a lot of the story, but I would still recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries.
Emily
Jul 10, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok
The main character in this book just isn't engaging. He's not a very good investigative journalist and the premise for the plot is just kind of outlandish. It makes you think the author has something against wealthy people.
R♥inie.
Oct 29, 2013 R♥inie. rated it liked it
Obviously, I like this book as it is a not a typical plot consisting of the protagonist falling in love with a blond-cheerleader type who is so out of his league, blah blah. In fact, the protagonist (Dylan) is just like any other teen who aims to achieve his goal (no spoilers here) to prove people wrong as well, and in doing so, uncovers many shocking truths and unravels lies along the way. Even his friends are rounded characters (spoiler alert: his best friend being a girl who is a lesbian) and ...more
Paul Lunger
Mar 28, 2013 Paul Lunger rated it liked it
Tim Tharp's "Mojo" is a book that tries to more than what it is & ends up being something it isn't. The story revolves around a boy named Dylan who stumbles onto a dead body of a friend Hector Maldonado & realizes he can be more than what he wants to be by trying to help out on the case of a missing person (Ashton Browning) which he hopes will give him respect & "mojo" itself. Tharp's story takes us into an odd underground of high school & a thriller/mystery that involves just ab ...more
Jessica
Oct 01, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Teen mystery with a sense of humor. I sometimes like reading adult mysteries with a sense of humor, but this felt a little strange - every character seemed rather nonchalant about the whole Dead Highschooler Found in a Dumpster and Teen Girl Who Is Our Friend Completely Vanished. It kind of weirded me out, to listen to long passages where the narrator riffed on hamburgers he liked to eat or getting into a secret club and then I would remember that, oh yes, this kid is trying investigate A MURDER ...more
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Tim Tharp lives in Oklahoma where he writes novels and teaches in the Humanities Department at Rose State College. In addition to earning a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. from Brown University, Tim Tharp has been a factory hand, construction laborer, psychiatric aid, long-distance hitchhiker, and record store clerk. His first novel, Falling Dark (Milkweed Press), was awarded th ...more
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