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Margo is pretty, popular and unsympathetic to just how intense bullying can get. As a counterfeiting plot sweeps through the city of Oak View, life for Margo will change dramatically.

With a mystery unfolding, an unlikely group of heroes emerges. Bullied teens love them, the police hate them and bullies fear them. Together they will try to get to the bottom of the counterfe
Paperback, 380 pages
Published August 31st 2015 by Khamicom Publishing (first published August 30th 2015)
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Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
“One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”

----Michael J. Fox

D.K. Smith pens his latest novel, Mind Over Bullies: A MOB Forms , that is a coming-of-age story about children getting bullied in high school and how an anti-bully committee is formed who can take drastic measures to teach the bullies a lesson, moreover, there's a money forging case that will keep the readers on their edges.


Margo is pretty, popu
Jen La Duca
In June I received an invitation from iRead Book Tours to join the Blog Tour for Mind Over Bullies: A MOB Forms by D.K. Smith. After reading the book’s description and author information I excitedly hit the link to sign up and then crossed my fingers that I’d get one of the few spots on this tour. The book’s description states that it “follows the lives of several teens chronicling the emotional and psychological changes they experience as a result of their encounters with bullying”; this was a ...more
Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The original review can be found on

This novel was wonderfully put together. It touches a tough subject of bullying and does a really good job of grabbing the reader emotionally and tying them to the characters. The story is not just straight forward you will learn quickly there are many characters and story lines but in the end they are all connected together somehow through being bullied or being the bad guys. Character developme
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I was not in love with this book but I did like it. The message that the author made about anti-bulling was good. I like how he turned it into a positive by incorporating the fun superhero aspect into this book. However I could not find myself attaching to any one character. I tried and even thought that Margo would be that leading lady for me but no such luck. Which I read that the author wanted to feature many different races of characters and genders so that people could relate. Again I did n ...more
Tonja Drecker
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The title of this book relays the main issue presented in the book: bullying. This is a topic which many kids/teens can relate too, but unlike many books which tackle this theme, MIND OVER BULLIES adds an interesting twist.

Firstly, I need to say that this book is for YA and not necessarily the younger side. Lots of issues are addressed which border on adult books--death, injury, forging money, drug pushing, and girls seducing men in night clubs. I don't recommend it for anyone under 15/16 years
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Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bullying is a topic that every school seems to talk about, but few people actually do something about. Mind Over Bullies: A MOB Forms tackled this difficult topic by spinning it into an intriguing mystery.

There were two major plots. The first was the anti-bullying campaign, which was very creative. The MOB members had an impressive mastery of technology that is outside of the ordinary teen’s skill set, adding an amusing touch reminiscent of James Bond. I find it interesting to read abo
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This YA novel with the eye-catching book cover is a fast-paced, action-packed and emotionally stirring read from beginning to end. We begin with an elaborate counterfeiting plot that involves teens and weaves itself throughout the story about a group of kids who take on a superhero role and decide to take action against bullying.

Margo, the lead character is a snobbish pretty girl who hangs around with the popular crowd. Things change for her when she becomes the victim of intense bullying. These
Marilyn R.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to be chosen to read and review Mind Over Bullies as all three of my kids struggled with this problem - the oldest to the point the community police had to step in. How would author D.K. Smith offer a novel that captured the YA reader's attention and weave in his anti-bullying message? I was intrigued. The biggest challenge for me at the start was stepping back into that YA mindset. Having raised three avid readers, I consumed YA books right along with them, but it's been a few y ...more
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Author D.K. Smith dedicates this novel to all victims of bullying for whom the day is always darkest before dawn. The narrative opens with teenagers purchasing clothing at a mall about to pay with hundred-dollar bills until they find out that those they have are counterfeit and flee from the authorities, getting into a car accident while evading the police. One of the book’s primary settings is Oak View, California, where counterfeiting money has become a problem, with students beaten up by bull ...more
Jessica Bronder
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are two parts to this story. The first one is bullying. A lot of people get bullied, especially in school and some of the things that happen in Mind Over Bullies happen every day for some people. The second part is a counterfeiting ring. Margo is a journalism student that knows bullying happens but thinks herself above it. But she gets her eyes opened when she starts looking into the counterfeiting.

I liked the mystery of the counterfeiting. It was a great way to keep the story moving witho
Michelle Garrett
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mind Over Bullies: A MOB Forms is the beginning of a young adult series that focuses on the different sides and types of bullying. As a parent, I was able to read and appreciate this story and the twists and turns that it took. The story takes place in a high school setting and follows several teens and the adults in their lives as they encounter different bullying scenarios. In one instance the bully becomes the bullied and it’s very interesting to see the shift in thinking – when the realizati ...more
Ara Prado
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Mind Over Bullies: A Mob Forms
Author: DK Smith
Expected Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Published by: Khamicom Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense
Source: ARC Given by Publisher and Tour Organizer

Mind Over Bullies is such a complex, mysterious, and exciting book. I was very entertained, but at the same time, was more encouraged to help stop bullying. I give it 5 stars, and I'm looking forward to reading DK Smith's following book, which is already underway, if his answer in Good
Margaret Tidwell
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
Mind Over Bullies by D.K. Smith was an interesting book to read. I had a hard time getting into this book and I am not 100% sure why. I love that he tackled this topic and wrote a book about bullying because not many authors even touch this subject. I had a hard time reading this book because there are parts where it switched characters and it would take me a minute to figure out who was talking and things like that. Other than that I did like this book and I think it is a book that all teenager ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of being selected to pre-read Mind Over Bullies : A Mob Forms. I found this book to be both timely and refreshing. All of The characters are both relatable and likable, the plot is well developed with mysteries through out it that will really leave you eager to know what will happen next. And the overall message of the book, don't succumb to the pressures of life but find a way to solve your problems and get help when you need it, is one that I think will appeal to both youths ...more
Corey Klauder
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book took me a while to get thru. I think maybe because of the size of the book, not in page wise but the actual physical book. I was also alittle thrown off by the merging story lines but overall this book has a phenomenal message. I feel like alot of the older generation, like our parents and grandparents, they don't fully understand bullying. They get it, but it's usually "go to a teacher or adult". And as kids and teenagers, we don't do that. I think that this book needs to be read by a ...more
Nancy Shepherd
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens, teachers, and counselors who deal with bullying.
Recommended to Nancy by: Goodreads
I received a copy of Mind Over Bullies free through Goodreads First Reads. As a former middle and high school teacher, I have seen bullying at close range, though not to the extent we are reading about today in our newspapers.
I did not want to put the book down; I was so caught up in the story of a group of kids who decided to show their tormenters how it feels to be
bullied. Of course, add to the story a major mystery, and we are hooked.
This is a book I would pass along to my middle and high
Elizabeth Mcnew
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a child and teenager who was frequently picked on and bullied, I instantly was attracted to this book and the concept around it. But, what the author did was put a beautifully raw spin on the topic by incorporating a story with finely developed characters and a plot with dialogue, making you feel as if you are part of the book. Young and old people will find this read to be one with purpose, intrigue and passion. Great work.
Kat Olmstead
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After winning this book on Goodreads First Reads I was anxious to begin reading. As the mother of 2 boys I have encountered bullying through them. This was a wonderful book that kept me turning the pages. Following the journey was a must. I was not disappointed with this book. Excellent writing and a must have book!
Michael Shulman
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy of the book through Goodreads First Reads. I absolutely LOVED this book. Even though this book is meant for kids, it is really for anybody who remembers their days as youngsters. With a plot full of many twists and turns, the book kept me at the edge of my seat.
Dhivya Balaji
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Mind Over Bullies – engaging, filled with a message; racy, subtly written for a social cause and one of the must read books in today’s scenario. It is the story of the kid around the block, the story of the girl who you thought is always late to school, or maybe it is the story of the kid around the street corner who suddenly seems to be overly confident. Or it might be the story of the previously cheerful teenager who has now become moody. It might be the story of anyone. You might
Joseph Ferguson
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Teenagers with special skills unite to confront bullying, but end up fighting crime, murder, and terrorism, in this intricate tale for young adults.
From the opening car chase this books grabs readers and holds onto them as it blossoms into a complex, action adventure with multiple intertwining plots. Smith (Sock N' Boots - Afraid of the Dark, 2010, etc.) deftly juggles these numerous elements while creating a cast of believable, empathetic characters. Margo, a bright reporter for her high scho
Julie Failla Earhart
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I won this YA novel in a contest on Shelf Awareness (I just love that newsletter). I’ve picked it up several times to start reading and put it down several times. I could never get past page 40. Yet, there was something compelling about the story line that kept pulling me back. After reviewing some of the remarks on Goodreads and Amazon, I was determined to give read this book.

I didn’t buy the opening car chase scene that involved two teenagers as part of a larger counterfeiting ring where the p
Create With Joy
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you are interested in a fast-paced, Young Adult story that combines the social issue of bullying with elements of a crime drama and a superhero story, then Mind Over Bullies: A Mob Forms is your book!

Mind Over Bullies: A Mob Forms draws you in from the start when a crime that two local high school students are involved in goes terribly wrong – and the police announce that they have uncovered an elaborate counterfeit ring and money laundering scheme involving students from local high students.
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, goodreads
Received this copy from Goodreads/author in exchange for an honest review. I would've rated this story five stars, but it took me awhile to get into. The writing style is definitely unique and not what I'm used to. But the subject of the story was pretty cool and I really enjoyed it. Margo our main character is a journalist and one of the popular girls in school. But I felt throughout the whole story she wasn't intentionally like the typical popular girls at her school. She just fell into that c ...more
Sally Melia
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can't really review this book without mentioning the formatting of the paperback edition. In a nut shell, the paragraph formatting is all wrong, there are carriage returns after every paragraph, and the dialogue is spaced with paragraph breaks between each line. This is actually quite distracting as dialogue is spread out over several pages, and the spacing between paragraphs, which normally denotes a change of time or location, does nothing of the sort.

The story is set in California and Londo
Mary Latela
In Mind Over Bullies, DK Smith writes, he says for the YA group, about an issue which is critical. And he is absolutely correct. Bullying in schools, including cyberbullying, is rampant. This topic and this plot is promising, but I believe DK tries to do too much.

Intimate details about the adults, including a birth scandal, as well as brutal attacks brimming with violence (back and forth between London and U.S., clutter what should be a clear direction toward confronting the problem.

The additi
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is about a group of teenagers who are bullied into using counterfeit money. The story takes place in both Oak View California and London England. The story does tend to bounce at times between the 2 places and leaves you to catch up.
There is a message in this book about bullying, which is something more Authors and definitely Television shows need to concentrate on.
This was a ok book. It wasn't bad but it was one I could put down. Now please don't take that as the book wasn't good,
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, z2016
There was definitely some good writing in this book, but there were way too many plot lines. I thought the book would be about bullying, but it's also about counterfeiting and terrorism? And these are high schoolers. The book as a whole felt like it should have been split into several books and there were more than a few plot lines that could have been taken out without damaging the story. I liked Smith's writing style and his characters were so well defined. I just wish the story wasn't so conv ...more
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: goodreads
I received this book from Goodreads first reads.

Mind Over Bullies is a fairly fast read. The book was interesting at the beginning but it wandered off from dealing with bullying as its main focus due to other criminal activity going on. There was a bit of a super hero theme and after awhile the story seemed better suited to a tv show.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book for free from goodreads first-reads. I liked the book overall, the message was relate able and understanding. I was very touched by the book.
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