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Book Review: Thumped by Megan McCafferty

27 Apr

Title: Thumped (sequel to Bumped)

Author: Megan McCafferty

Publication Date: April 24, 2012

Genre: Dystopian YA

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

How I got it: Pre-ordered and downloaded on my iPad

Summary (from Amazon): It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. Since then, their story has become irresistible to legions of girls: twins separated at birth and living different lives, each due to deliver sets of twins . . . on the same day! In a future where only teens can “bump,” or give birth, babies mean money, status, and freedom.

Married to Ram and living in religious Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once loved and believed in. But she can’t seem to forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell in love with under the strangest of circumstances.

To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything she always wanted: a big, fat contract and a coupling with Jondoe, the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.

Cursed by their own popularity, the girls are obsessively tracked by their millions of fans, who have been eagerly counting down the days to their “Double Double Due Date.” Without a doubt, they are two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and there’s only one thing they could do that would make them more famous than they already are:

Tell the truth.

Review: I read Bumped a few months back when I found that it was available as a 99 cent download from Amazon (I love those sales!). I knew nothing about the book going into it except that it was vaguely dystopian and that it focused on teen pregnancy. Plus I figured it was worth a read at only 99 cents and if I hated it then I wasn’t out the price of a brand new hardback.

It took me a while to get into Bumped, I read the first chapter and then let a few weeks go by before picking it up and actually finishing the entire book. However, once I got into the story I wanted to see how things played out for Harmony and Melody and once the story ended I knew I’d absolutely have to read the sequel. I pre=ordered in on my iPad and waited patiently for it to release.

Thumped picks up 37 weeks after the end of Bumped and we see that Harmony and Melody are planning on delivering sets of twins on the same day. They are the hottest thing in teen pregnancy, only problem is that Harmony has gone back to her home in Goodside with her Husband Ram and

I loved how Megan McCafferty took the horrors and very real problem of teenage pregnancy and completely turned it on its head and gave us a world where teen pregnancy is expected, glamorized and promoted everywhere. This is one dystopian book where I had very little difficulty imagining that this was a very real possibility for our future. Watching teen girls get so pumped up and excited over being selected to “bump” with a hot RePro star was a little surreal and I felt a twinge of heartbreak thinking that in that world at my current age I’d be unable to bear my own children.

In fact, one of the few things that bugged me while reading both Bumped and Thumped was the overuse of the, oftentimes, ridiculous slang words. I found myself reading words like “Fertilicious” and “Neggy” and wondering how in the world she came up with these terms. And would anyone seriously use them. Then I stop for a moment and think of the overuse of “internet speak” and phrases like “Totes,” “cray-cray,” and “amazeballs” (not gonna lie, I kinda love that word) and you realize we’re kinda already there. It’s totes crazy, y’all.

Despite being shelved and classified as “dystopian fiction for young adults” McCafferty’s world is peppy and upbeat, filled with entertaining and occasionally outlandish characters. Twins Harmony and Melody play two halves of the same whole who believe in very different things, but at the core of it are more similar than they realize. The supporting cast of characters include Melody’s best guy friend Zen, her publicist Lib, Johnoe the famously hot RePo and Harmony’s husband Ram. While some are a bit over the top or over zealous in their ideals all the characters work well in this crazy world McCafferty has created. A few of the more minor characters are a little one-dimensional and seem to try to hard to have more depth they serve their purpose in the overall storyline and are easily glossed over if they bother you too much.
If you’re in the mood for a light-hearted read that doesn’t take itself too seriously then you should absolutely take a look at both Bumped and Thumped. However, if you’re feeling rather cynical or coming down a Hunger Games-esque high you may want to wait a bit before you pick this up.

Also, for an interesting read check out this post on Megan McCafferty’s blog about how this world is closer than we think!

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