Thumped by Megan McCafferty
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. (Goodreads)
This is a mini-review.
Thumped is the sequel to Megan McCafferty’s first actual YA book, Bumped (even though we all count the Jessica Darling books as YA in our minds). I had such mixed emotions about Bumped. For the most part I really liked it, but it was shocking and in your face and not your average story. It was a satirical dystopia imagined by an author who saw the strange way our society both shames and makes stars of teenage moms and decided to poke fun at us, them and everyone. It definitely was not for the faint of heart, but it was funny and fun to read.
Here, we have the sequel, Thumped. If you’ve not read the first book this review, miniature as it may seem, will spoil the heck out of it all for you so beware.
We catch up with Harmony nine months into her pregnancy by Jondoe. She’s still living that sad, awful life of regret and judgement over there in Goodside with her sweet, obviously gay husband. He knows the kid isn’t his because he and Harmony have never actually consummated their marriage, but these two, Ram and Harmony, have a way of looking out for each other. All communication with Jondoe has been cut off, but that boy is pining for his lady-love. He’s sort of driving Melody, the twin sis living in Otherside, completely bonkers. Melody and Jondoe are faking a highly publicized pregnancy and relationship, neither really knowing what they’ll do when the truth really comes out. Jondoe is still totally smitten with Harmony and Melody, though she isn’t fully ready to admit it, still loves her bestie, Zen.
I liked that in this book we see an honest to goodness resolution to everyone’s stories. It was fun to catch up with each character again and to find that Jondoe, dumb as a box of hammers still, happens to love Harmony in his own weird little way. I enjoyed watching Melody and Zen take things to the next level as well, but all in all I think this story, fun as it was, could have been told in one book (or maybe not. What do I know?). It seemed a bit of a stretch for two.
Crush Intensity: 3.0/5