Mind Over Bullies: A Mob Forms by DK Smith – Book Review
First things first: although Mind Over Bullies: A Mind Forms by DK Smith is a work of fiction about bullying, the author’s book dedication is one of the most touching that I have ever read. I’d like to share this message of hope with you in case you need to hear these words:
Only after darkness does the sun rise.
To all of those currently suffering in the darkness of bullying,
Be confident that there is a tomorrow where the sun will rise for you.
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 two high school students commit a crime that goes terribly wrong. Soon after, the police announce that they have uncovered an elaborate counterfeit ring and money laundering scheme involving massive numbers of students from local high students.
Rumor has it that the students involved have been extorted into joining the ring – and that those who cooperate with the police are being brutally beaten for their cooperation.
When a local high school journalism teacher sends his class to interview and investigate, one of his students uncovers an alarming bullying incident – but mean girl Margo is horribly unsympathetic until an unfortunate event turns her world upside down.
Soon, outcast Margo finds herself fighting bullies as a member of the MOB and actively searching for the source of the counterfeit money.
Mind Over Bullies is a timely, multi-layered, plot-driven story that approaches the topic of bullying in a fresh way. I enjoyed the book and believe YA readers will too – but recommend it for the more mature end of the YA spectrum since the book incorporates a few plot elements that are not appropriate for younger readers.
I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars.
About DK Smith
D.K. Smith is a 38 year old native of Los Angeles who began his writing career after getting news that he would soon become an uncle. Wanting to create stories and characters for his expected niece, he created the children’s book series “Sock n Boots Adventures.” The two characters (three year old Sock and five year old Boots) began to make names for themselves, generating downloads in countries around the world.
When asked about his motivation for tackling the subject of bullying in a 108,000 word novel, D.K. said:
One day I came across a story in the news about a young girl that jumped in front of a subway train after weeks of bullying. As I investigated further, I was shocked at the number of similar stories I encountered. Bullycide, the news was calling it. I thought, wow, what if these young people had been shown that the pain of bullying can be handled without hurting themselves or someone else.
Ultimately it was thoughts of his now four nieces and three nephews dealing with bullying as they get older that weighed heavily on the decision for D.K. to write the story about bullying. He says:
I recognize that the characters and situations in the book may not represent every bullying situation and that realistically the book won’t change the world, but I do sincerely hope that it sends a subtle message about there being life after bullying. We’ll just have to see how the public receives it.
A lover of mystery and espionage stories, D.K. is a fan of everything James Bond. A favorite scenario is to see a character in an impossible situation get out of it at the last second or have the odds against them and see he or she turn the tables. Acting on the love of espionage and mystery, D.K. has a new novel in the works centering on a James Bond-type character of his own creation.
Mind Over Bullies: A Mob Forms – Book Tour
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