Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: Thumped

by Megan McCafferty
Why did you choose this book? I read Bumped and wanted to know how the story ended 
When did you read this book? May 2012
Who should read this book? readers who read Bumped
Source: library
Here is a synopsis of ‘Thumped' from Goodreads, where it rates 3.56 stars.
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.
My Review 
This one really surprised me! I didn’t really expect much from it. I only read it because I had previously read ‘Bumped’, and even though I really didn’t enjoy that one much, I DID want to know how the story ended. If you felt the same way, I encourage you to pick this one up. It is a quick, short read, and you won’t be sorry. (You can see my review of Bumped here.) Yes, the slangy is still there, but I’m either getting used to it, or more likely, it is used more sparingly. And the ending is very good.
 You really want to read ‘Bumped’ to get the background before you read this one. ‘Thumped’ picks up about 8 months after that one ends. Both twins, Melody and Harmony, are sporting big baby bumps, due the their twins growing inside, and the are the talk of the Mi-Net. The are now a ‘brand’ selling anything from nutritional supplements to clothing to ???? AND they are living a LIE! 
I really don’t want to give away much, but I will say that pretty much everything I disliked about the society and the encouragement to ‘Bump for America’ in the first book is resolved in this book. I think the story would have been made better by combining both books into a single, larger book, and condensing the background given in first book, with not quite so much slang. But overall, this was a good story and I think there are a lot of possibilities as a book club discussion. Just one point would be the similarity of parents in Bumped ‘grooming’ their daughters to be top-notch breeders, and todays parents preparing their children with the ‘right’ schools, sports programs, and music lessons. 
Because you really do need to read the first book for the second to have much meaning, I still have to say these are not appropriate for most readers under 16.
My Rating:  ★★★1/2  3-1/2Stars

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