Thumped by Megan McCafferty
Genre: Dystopian YA
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Source: Received a review copy from the publisher
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 read Bumped after purchasing it during the awesome $0.99 e-book sale HarperTeen did over the holiday season, and I was so excited to get a review copy of Thumped so I could see how this story ends! I found myself racing through this book because I needed to know what was going to happen next. The chapters are short, so this book is a fast read. I also loved seeing how the relationships between Harmony/Jondoe and Melody/Zen were developed in this book.
I love the world Megan McCafferty created in these books; it’s so unique and original. The thing that stands out to me the most is that while these are dystopian books, the whole story has a light, fun feel to it — it never gets too heavy, but still evokes emotion during the intense moments. I love the characters she created with Harmony and Melody. Even though they’re identical twins, they are so different from each other, and their separate voices come across on the page.
While this book is light and fun, I like how it also talks about a serious subject (teen pregnancy) and doesn’t make light of it. Teens in these books have to deal with a lot, and the weight of the decisions they have to make is discussed in a thorough matter. The book also never gets preachy, which I love! It’s about teens making their own decisions about intense situations, and I enjoyed seeing how Melody and Harmony’s views were formed in both Bumped and Thumped.
Thumped was a great sequel that you should definitely make sure to read if you’re a fan of Bumped. If you haven’t read Bumped, I advise checking it out, so you’re ready for Thumped when it comes out!