Book Review | Thumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
After getting off to a very rocky start reading Megan McCafferty’s Bumped, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read its sequel, Thumped. By the time Bumped was over, I was able to find enough things about it that I did like to continue on with Thumped.
Thumped picks up 35 weeks after the events in Bumped, and twins Melody and Harmony are both pregnant with twins. They haven’t had much contact with one another; Harmony has gone back to the Church-based city called Goodside to raise her twins with her “in the closet” husband Ram, and Melody is pretending to be in love with Jondoe (the father of Harmony’s children). Melody is the kind of girl that other teens aspire to be, but little do they know that she is just one of many participating in a scam that could cause serious harm to the way their society is run.
Thankfully Thumped was quite toned down with the cutesy (and often undefined) words and phrases that were found on every page of Bumped; without them, this book was much easier to take seriously and was much more enjoyable to read.
I was very eager to see how each of the sisters’ romantic relationships would turn out. I was rooting for Jondoe and Harmony in the first book, but found that my attention shifted to Zen and Melody in Thumped. They also showed quite a lot of personal growth; I was most impressed with the decisions that Melody made about her life and purpose.
There aren’t as many twists and turns in Thumped as there were in Bumped, but it still made for a very engaging read. I flew right through it, and was just a touch sad that I didn’t have anything left to read. Everything wraps up very neatly, and I think fans of this series will be very happy with how everything is resolved.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*
Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.