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3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  305 Ratings  ·  68 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
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
Asghar Abbas
Jan 07, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 28, 2013 Jon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
sasha shamblen
Mar 02, 2013 sasha shamblen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 18, 2016 Elijah Kendall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I didn't really enjoy Mojo very much. I felt it was contrived and unrealistic.

I'm going to give you the 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
Edgardo Pagaza
Sep 10, 2015 Edgardo Pagaza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2015 Ivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ms. Yingling
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
May 31, 2015 Deena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
jiawei Ong
May 04, 2013 jiawei Ong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 05, 2016 Sierra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book. I think my main problem was that I really didn't like any of the main characters. In fact I hated them. What I did like was the whole Hollister element in this story. I loved Brett and Nash and Ashton and Aisling and Gangland. I just love rich, beautiful, dark, and dangerous people. I would have liked this story a lot more if it was situated completely within the Hollister world and with the Hollister crowd. Audrey wasn't that bad I guess, but I just wasn't interested i ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-mystery
Through, 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
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
Feb 07, 2013 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Paul Lunger
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
Sharon Hughson
Oct 19, 2013 Sharon Hughson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tharp has an authentic voice and the dialogue and interaction of the characters is excellent. It was refreshing to see a relatively happy ending in a mystery focusing on the disappearance of a teenager.
The reasons for four stars instead of 5:
1) I had a hard time accepting the motivation of the main character
2) The main character's arc seemed somewhat forced
3) It seemed to happily stereotype some "classes" of people and I don't think that's the best message to send young adults.
Overall, I was gla
Oct 03, 2014 Salom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2013 Lesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: real, boy, teen
3.5 stars. Pros: I like the writing, the balance of humor and angst, the extremely believable characters of Dylan and his friends, the focus on what it's like to be a very ordinary guy, as opposed to a guy with superpowers fighting a Great Evil. This is the real world where evil exists a little bit in everyone. Cons: The mystery never ended up being very mysterious to me and Dylan's role as a detective was a bit too obviously amateur. Maybe that was the point, but his extreme cluelessness when i ...more
Jul 29, 2013 E_h rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-teen
This book tries too hard. In his attempt to capture "authentic" teen dialogue, Tharp lamely proffers some of the most forced, contrived narration I've read in a long time. The "I'm like, she's like" and "I go, she goes" drove me absolutely batty. To boot, the "mystery" was completely predictable and therefore not mysterious at all, but in fact rather boring. Also, the whole idea of mojo was undeveloped beyond passing, superficial mentions along the lines of I have no mojo, Maybe if I find the mi ...more
May 15, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
How do you get mojo when you just don't have it? solve a missing person case as an investigative journalist. Dylan sets about getting his mojo by asking a lot of questions and going a lot of places with people he normally wouldn't even be noticed by--the snobby, spoiled teen kids of wealthy parents. What at first appears to be a standard disappearance turns out to be so much more than he expected. Bored kids with a taste for danger and risk put Dylan's life in the balance more than once, and the ...more
Jenn Estepp
I'm not really sure about this one. I had a lot of issues with it, but don't know if I'm being nitpicky or if it's the curse of one who reads a lot of mysteries. And I suspect that some of the things that really irked me were things that were done intentionally and I've a failure to appreciate. (Oh, the naivete!) However, the voice was really strong and *some* of the characterizations were really well-done.
Jan 17, 2016 Luisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stephanie John
The book definitely has potential, and I tried to get invested in the mystery but how could I when the mystery didn't even seem to be the main focus for many parts in the book? I understand why the author set up certain relationships but at the same time, although they were crucial to how everything played out, at the same time, it distracts from the mystery itself. As for the ending, let's just say that there could've been more foreshadowing.
Apr 07, 2016 Meera19 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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