Review: Thumped by Megan McCafferty

2012, Balzer and Bray, Megan McCafferty, review, second in a series, young adult 1 Comment 11th May, 2012

Thumped by Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 24, 2012
Source: Purchased
Series: Bumped #2

It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins…on the same day!

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

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

The girls’ every move is analyzed by millions of fans eagerly counting down to “Double Double Due Date.” They’re two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and they could do only one thing to make them even more famous:

Tell the truth.

I didn’t reread Bumped before this so I felt like I was reintroduced to these characters. And I have to say that there’s one twin I prefer more over the other, and it’s not the twin I would’ve thought I’d pick. But her part of the story was just so much more interesting. She was actually dealing with issues we can all relate to. The other just had boyfriend or non-boyfriend issues.

I think I had mixed thoughts on Bumped, because it does talk about a controversial issue. One that is going on right now even, fictional virus or no fictional virus. Teen pregnancy is a serious issue. And even with the religious aspect of Bumped, I wasn’t all that thrilled with a book promoting teen pregnancy. But Thumped I think resolved that issue somewhat. And I only say somewhat because it’s not a perfect resolution since there’s still that virus going around.

There’s still a weird vocabulary, but if you keep in mind that this is set not that long in the future, and if you’ve read the first book, than it shouldn’t be all that hard to slip into their jargon. I actually liked some of it this time, some of the joined words were clever and made me laugh upon first reading them.

In the end, I must say I enjoyed Thumped much more than I remember enjoying Bumped. Don’t get me wrong though, I did like Bumped. Both books are thought-provoking, and definitely eery. I could well imagine a future like this happening with everything we do to our bodies, all the chemicals and toxins around us everywhere daily. Recommended for fans of dystopian, though it is slightly different from most in that genre.

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