YA Author Tim Tharp and eBay Promo Codes to Save on Books

Tim Tharp

You are most likely familiar with author Tim Tharp from his third novel, The Spectacular Now which was released in 2008 and turned into a feature length film in 2013. He has written 5 books, mostly in the Young Adult genre. We’ll go over several of his books today, and we also have promo codes for eBay where you can often pick up books for less that are still in fantastic or even brand new condition!

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If you are anything like me, you own a lot of books. I have an entire closet that is just books, as well as several overflowing bookcases and assorted shelves. It’s such a privilege to be alive in a time when books are plentiful and easily available, but when you buy as many as I do it can definitely add up. That’s why I like to get clever and purchase books from resellers and make use of promo codes to keep my costs as low as possible. The less I spend per book, the more books I can buy! I have used many different book buying/trading websites and my favourite is still one of the originals: eBay. I really like that you can see the rating of a seller before you purchase to make sure you are getting your book from a reputable source, and they have excellent consumer protection policies just in case. However, I haven’t had an issue with buying books off of eBay to date. Everything has arrived well packaged, in excellent condition, and exactly what I ordered.

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Tim Tharp: the early years

Tim grew up in Oklahoma and started writing from a young age. As a child he enjoyed creating his own comic strips, perhaps influenced by the newspaper that his father was an associate editor at in Midwest City. As he moved into high school he enjoyed two hobbies: football and writing for the school newspaper. In addition to being the newspapers editor, he also contributed a regular column and a serialized mystery story. He wrote short stories inspired by his favourite authors in his spare time as well. Having realized at a young age that being a writer was his true passion in life he attended the Oklahoma State University and majored in both journalism and psychology.

However it was not a simple path for him and he dropped out after the first two years. He spent some time on the road travelling to Chicago, California, and Miami before returning home to Oklahoma. After spending some time working the night shift at a mental hospital he went back to school but bounced off it again after a semester, finding it too restrictive. He spent the next five years working and writing, experimenting with different styles. For the first while he didn’t submit his stories to any publications, and just put them away immediately after writing them. When he did start submitting his stories he was rejected which is a rite of passage for any writer, however he wasn’t sure how to improve. So, he decided to return to university one more time and formally study literature. This time he graduated with a BA and went on to get an MFA as well.

Books By Tim Tharp

Falling Dark: This is a story about what happened to the idealists and the hippies after the 1960s. This is Tim’s first novel, and is not young adult fiction It deals with some pretty dark themes and alcoholism, set against the backdrop of a deteriorating commune in rural Oklahoma.

Knights of Hill Country: This book is about Tim Tharp’s other passion: football. Set in a small town in Oklahoma the Friday night high school football games are must-attend event for the locals. The story follows the star linebacker of the team, who is a hero on the field but having a tough time off of it. He is struggling with his family life at home as well as his best friend, who has suddenly started acting differently. He finds himself drawn to a girl at school, but worries what dating her would do to his image.

The Spectacular Now: This is another story set in high school, centring on a boy who is popular and well-liked but struggling on the inside. He doesn’t like to think about the future, his only focus is having a good time right now. After his girlfriend dumps him and he wakes up on the lawn of the girl next door he starts to wonder if they might not be a good fit. Will he be able to overcome his fears and develop a relationship with her?

Badd: This poignant story is about a girl who’s brother returns from the Iraq war a completely changed person. He was dishonourably discharged for drug possession, drinks and acts recklessly at home, and spends all of his time with a local man nicknamed ‘Captain Crazy’ who had lost a brother during the Vietnam war. She and her brother had originally planned on skipping town when he had returned from service, and she mourns the version of her brother from before.

Mojo: Mojo follows an unpopular boy who is desperate to gain that ‘mojo’ that will make others like him. After finding the dead body of a classmate, he decides to start looking into the disappearance of a rich girl. He recruits two fellow outsiders to help him and starts to figure out that the girls disappearance may be related to the murder of his classmate. A hardboiled detective story set in a modern high school and told with a modern twist.