Thumped

Thumped

by Megan McCafferty

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ISBN-13: 9780061962769
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Bumped Series
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Megan McCafferty is the author of Bumped as well as the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series, which includes Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, and Perfect Fifths. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her family.

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Thumped 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
Thumped by Megan McCafferty is much more compelling than the first (Bumped)! In the beginning, it lays out what has taken place right after the ending of the first novel, and then jumps right back into the happenings of Melody and Harmony in present time. This isn't a spoiler but as a refresher: from book one (Bumped) we've read that Harmony and Johndoe "spent the night" together...so, in Thumped Harmony has finally gotten 'BUMPED' and the kicker is - so is Melody! Like the first novel, the story goes back and forth alternating from Harmony's POV to Melody's POV. Harmony, in her third trimester, has decided to go back to Goodside with Ram and to deliver her baby there, and Melody with her preggo self has chosen to stay in Otherside as a couple with Johndoe. Yup, you read that right - MELODY and Johndoe are an item! I am so liking the new writing style and greatly appreciating that Megan decided to drop the lingo/dialect from the first book. Some terms were still kept, but this time around it took less time to read, understand, and take in what was going on. This book was putty in my hands. I got done reading it in a quickness because it was that much more enjoyable. The sarcasm was hilarious, the drama was awing, and the whole thing was thought provoking. Megan McCafferty skillfully covered many grounds in such a few pages; there was parenthood, consensual and non-consensual sex, pro/anti-procreating, religion, promiscuity, and SO much more! Trying to give a review for this novel without naming points of great importance, or even parts that you were keen on would ruin the experience and impact of what this novel will convey. Thumped offers an overload of things to think and wonder about of the present that will have you replaying verses over and over in your mind days after you've finished reading it. A FUN AND GREAT MUST READ SEQUEL!!
literatissima More than 1 year ago
“Thumped is book 2 of 2 in a young adult series about a dystopic world in which a virus renders the human race infertile after the age of 18. Teen girls are forced into breeding contracts and reproductive arrangements, often against their will. Melody and Harmony are twins that had been separated at birth and they are at the end of their fertile years at the age of 17. The second book does a great job of picking up where the first book started and addressing the theme. It's a quick and easy read. While I would have rated it 3 1/2 stars, I'm rounding up because this series was such an unexpected "like" for me. I also appreciate the fact that the author ended the series after one book and a sequel, instead of trying to go for a cash cow trilogy, like most YA authors today. Don't expect the moon from them, but these books (Bumped and Thumped) could surprise you!
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
An impressive finale to follow a weaker start to this series. Thumped has more of everything that I like as a reader, more substance, more character development, and a strong finish. It's an easy read but will keep your attention for all 300 pages. There were still some things missing, but hey, we can't have it all, right? For a look at the humorous side of dystopian society, check out Thumped, and it's prequel, Bumped.
StuckInYAbooks More than 1 year ago
In the sequel to Bumped, Megan McCafferty has created this world that has placed the world at a different perspective if a virus effects humanity. Like Bumped, the main focus of the novel was about teenage pregnancy but beyond that the importance of yourself and family. Melody and Harmony both grow up during this novel through the thirty-five weeks. These twins show that you are not alone and during the read it was really fun read with all the characters. I loved them all in the first books, and even more in Thumped. The writing is awesome as always, I could read this series again for how influential it is and how pregnancy at a young age is still happening today. The novel starts with Harmony back in Goodside who which are evil in my opinion despite the religion but as Harmony realizes she is not happy about her life and is still thinking about the father of her twins Jondoe (I love his character) Jondoe is so funny he lightens up the mood with his personality and the way he changes his life style for Melody who showed him the way to think of God in a different life. In the different point of views from both Melody and Harmony we she that Melody is living a life of fame and her romance with Zen is continually growing. As both twins want each other in their lives they also think that during Harmony's pregnancy that Melody is also pregnant with Jondoe's children so the impending wait of the Double twins due date. The plot was very well put together and along with the knowledge gained from the book that McCafferty does perfectly tell us that contraception is important to wait to have a family rather than selling babies to parents who cant have any due to the virus. It was refreshing to get to see these characters again in their final chapter in Thumped and how much their characters changed in this novel rather in Bumped. The realization and issues brought up in this book today show that Melody has independence for herself as well as her twin Harmony. Megan has done another great job with Thumped and has shown the world today. It was full of unexpected things as well as the way her characters all of whom illustrate the importance that contraception should be used to prevent teenage pregnancy. I also learned many new things from Jondoe lol. Overall it was a good sequel with a lot of messages.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was always a little iffy about Bumped. Something about the hyper-sexualization of teen girls in that book and the "glamorous" portrayal of teen pregnancy almost made a little uncomfortable. But that was the point of the book anyway -all about satirizing the seeming modern fascination with teen pregnancy. By the time I got to Thumped, I was a little more comfortable reading about such a world (Bumped broke me in), so this time around I was able to enjoy the message behind the book more this time around.Thumped picks up about eight months after Bumped left off. Though Harmony is now heavily pregnant, married and living in the highly religious Goodside community, she's had trouble assimilating back into the community. Meanwhile her twin Melody is enjoying her newfound popularity as a "high profile" bump, all the time trying to hide the fact that her pregnancy is fake. As the clock counts down to the birth of Harmony's baby (and Melody's fake baby), the truth starts to come out.In many ways, I thought that Thumped was much better than Bumped. The characters were clearer, stronger and much more enjoyable to read. The plot seemed to move more quickly, and I just felt like much more was at stake than in the first book. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of the more repressive, traditional society compared with a more modern and sexually "open" society -and most importantly, the overall message that neither approach is really "right." The more I got into Thumped, the more I felt like it, combined with Bumped, should have just been one book. And they would have been better together. The plot would have been more coherent and comprehensive and Bumped wouldn't have felt like it was only half of a book (which it kind of was).Better than Bumped, Thumped offers a unique message that goes beyond much of what is offered in the modern teen dystopian genre.
deslivres5 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sequal to Bumped. I enjoyed the sequel much more than the original. Resolutions to the problems of Melody and Harmony (and their friends and society in general) in this dystopian world resonated much more with me that the introduction of these problems in Bumped.
booktwirps on LibraryThing 8 months ago
What most fascinates me about these books is that even though this is satire, the situations are all very plausible. If you¿re not familiar with the series, teens are used to reproduce for adults ¿ adults who become infertile in their 20¿s. Teens are auctioned in a way, with the hotter, sexier teens scoring the bigger contracts to ¿bump¿ and produce a child for a waiting couple. Not only does it illustrate the obsession America has with being ¿hot¿ and placing more worth on the more attractive people in the world, but this particular installment also touches on the obsession we have with celebrities and reality TV as the twins garner national attention for their ¿Double Double Due Date¿. (The twins, Melody & Harmony are both set to deliver twins on the same day.)In an age where tons of people tune in weekly to keep up with the Kardashians, or obsess over the Real Housewives of whatever, not to mention Sixteen & Pregnant, it¿s easy to see where many, if not all, of the events in this series could plausibly play out in today¿s world. What a lot of people fail to realize is that the people on these reality shows are, in all actuality, living, breathing human beings, but they eventually become nothing less than characters in our mind ¿ ones placed there specifically for our entertainment. The fact that they have the right to their own decisions and their own lives becomes irrelevant to us as a society because we feel as if they are obligated to entertain us ¿ to give us the outcome WE want. While it¿s true they do make the choice to be on television, and more often than not you know there¿s a lot of forced drama, but that drama is there because that is what people want. Personally, it exhausts me.My point in all of this is that Melody and Harmony (as well as a lot of the other teens in the series) have become just that ¿ products. They are expected to do their duty to ¿serve the world¿ in some way. There are so many parallels to today¿s society that I can¿t name them all without getting political (and I don¿t ever want to do that here).I liked this book more than the first as it delves deeper into the characters. While, as far as I know, there¿s no plan for a third book, I am curious as to what happens to the girls after this book. It does end with a sense of hope, which I liked, but I¿d still like to see more.If you read Bumped (and you HAVE to before reading this installment or you will have no idea what is going on) I highly suggest you read Thumped. While the first book focused more on the world Harmony and Melody live in, this one focuses a lot more on the characters and what this world has done to them. It¿s an engaging read, and if nothing else, it will make you think.
Tsana on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Thumped picked up around eight and a half months after Bumped left off and is a very quick read; I got through it in an evening.The overtly religious aspects of Harmony got under my skin less in Thumped than in book 1, largely because she spent a lot of this book questioning things. However, I did feel that the book was too short. When I was half or two thirds of the way through, I was wondering how it could possible wrap up all the issues it raised in the pages remaining (in my Random House UK copy, the story ends on page 290). The answer turned out to be: rapidly. It was resolved quickly but I didn¿t feel like much was left hanging. I wouldn¿t mind seeing a sequel, perhaps with different characters and less fast-paced because I¿m curious as to how the world turns out. Unlike more conventional YA dystopias (like The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc) this duology does not follow the formula of 1. identify massive problems with society 2. enact/take part in a revolution.If anything it ends at 1 and merely hints at a non-violent version of 2 to come. Which is a nice change.Another thing I¿d like to mention is that the issues with the world are kind of obvious from the start. It¿s even obvious why brainwashing advertising kids into making babies seems like a good idea. But I got sucked into the world enough that, while I agreed with Melody¿s reservations, it wasn¿t until she articulated the situation at the end that all the ramifications really sunk in.So Thumped was a nice conclusion to Bumped. I didn¿t enjoy it quite as much, but I think that¿s mainly because the novelty of the world-concept had worn off. (For the record, I still enjoyed the slang but I felt there was either less of it or I had become immune. Except for ¿for seriously¿ because d¿uh it should be ¿for serious¿.) On reflection, I think the two books could have been released in one volume (it needn¿t even have been a very long volume). Despite the time gap, there were a lot of loose ends in Bumped and they very much feel like one story split into two volumes.Overall, I would definitely recommend this series to people who like YA, high-concept dystopias, or interesting slang. And if you¿ve read and not hated Bumped, you really can¿t not read the second half of the story in Thumped.4 / 5 starsYou can read more of my reviews at tsanasreads.tumblr.com
TValeros on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Thumped by Megan McCafferty is much more compelling than the first (Bumped)! In the beginning, it lays out what has taken place right after the ending of the first novel, and then jumps right back into the happenings of Melody and Harmony in present time. This isn't a spoiler but as a refresher: from book one (Bumped) we've read that Harmony and Johndoe "spent the night" together...so, in Thumped Harmony has finally gotten 'BUMPED' and the kicker is - so is Melody!Like the first novel, the story goes back and forth alternating from Harmony's POV to Melody's POV. Harmony, in her third trimester, has decided to go back to Goodside with Ram and to deliver her baby there, and Melody with her preggo self has chosen to stay in Otherside as a couple with Johndoe. Yup, you read that right - MELODY and Johndoe are an item! I am so liking the new writing style and greatly appreciating that Megan decided to drop the lingo/dialect from the first book. Some terms were still kept, but this time around it took less time to read, understand, and take in what was going on. This book was putty in my hands. I got done reading it in a quickness because it was that much more enjoyable. The sarcasm was hilarious, the drama was awing, and the whole thing was thought provoking. Megan McCafferty skillfully covered many grounds in such a few pages; there was parenthood, consensual and non-consensual sex, pro/anti-procreating, religion, promiscuity, and SO much more! Trying to give a review for this novel without naming points of great importance, or even parts that you were keen on would ruin the experience and impact of what this novel will convey. Thumped offers an overload of things to think and wonder about of the present that will have you replaying verses over and over in your mind days after you've finished reading it.A FUN AND GREAT MUST READ SEQUEL!!
thebookwormsorg on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When I first started the Bumped series, I thought it was weird and I probably wouldn't like it...I was so wrong. I ended up loving the first book and it was no different for Thumped! It was funny and fast-paced and kept me on my toes the entire length.Harmony is back living in Goodside, trying to make right some of the things she's done as of late. But, turning things around that she doesn't regret in the first place is a lot tougher than she would have liked. Meanwhile, Melody is busy selling the baby story to the world and what she really needs to do is spit out the truth...sooner rather than later. Everything seems to be crashing down on the girls and getting through this ordeal is harder than everyone imagined!I loved the relationship between the sisters, Melody and Harmony, in this sequel. Their bond has grown so much since the first book and I appreciate that, because it was relatable to a lot of people. Harmony was much less annoying than before and I am so happy of her growth. The supporting characters were also really important in Thumped and I absolutely loved them! If you've read Bumped, you've already been introduced to Jondoe, Zen, and Ram. I loved getting to know each character more, especially Zen and Ram.Megan throws some twists and turns at the reader, again, in book two! It's like the book of secrets and surprises. The concept is so creepy, yet its put in a funny kind of context. However, this book took things a little more seriously and that was a much needed change.Thumped is such a fun book and hard to put down once you start! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loved good humor and a fast-paced storyline.For those who like: Humor, fast-paced, cute loveSource: Publisher (ARC)
Anonymous 11 months ago
Enjoyed reading this after Bumped :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get story set into the future
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was much better than the first book but you have to read the first book to understand what is going on. If you have spare time read this book but it is not a must have sort of book.
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BookishThings More than 1 year ago
3.5 I forgot how much I liked the story of Melody and Harmony. This is a world that I can’t fathom. The plot is interesting. Thumped is much more fast-paced than Bumped was. The events take place over a couple of days. I was shocked at the way Harmony’s community treated her. But that’s how things go when you fear things that do not conform to your ideals/thoughts. Melody is the one that I think grows the most in this story. She struggles with what the right and wrong thing to do is. Guilt eats at her, and she doesn’t know how to deal with it. I like the direction the book went. The characters want to make a change with how things are done. They don’t want teenagers to feel like they have to get pregnant. The morality of exploiting young people is a big presence in this book. I think the author did a great job of portraying this. The only thing that I don’t think was hashed out well is the ending. Things just kind of leave off, and we don’t know if things change, or stay the same. Overall, Thumped is an interesting read, and speaks to the sociologist in me.
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This book would be much better without the ending. First, Melody loses consciousness when she falls on her belly. She wakes up in the birthcenter and they explain that they gave her the contents of some nasty cruel bottle or what not that kills babies and removes them. First of all, who just takes two innocent lives like that just because of things the mother has done? If people did that in real life, I'd walk into every hospital in existence and rescue the newborn babies from the people who want to kill them. I can't stand murder, especially child murder. And then there's the case with Harmony's twins. They're born alive and nobody kills them, which is good, but why does Harmony give her daughters to the Jaydens? And why do they consider Faith and Mercy "their" daughters? That's really unfair. I never really got a clear idea of who the father is, but Harmony is definitely the mother. She was pregnant and gave birth to them VIA C SECTION, for goodness sake! In my opinion, anyone who has to get cut open to give birth deserves to keep their child or children. But no, she had to go and give her precious newborns to A STUPID COUPLE WHO NEVER THOUGHT OF HAVING KIDS WHEN THEY WERE TEENAGERS! Doesn't anyone in this book have a freakin LIFE!? Get one, then, or at least get a brain! Then you'll want your twins back, Harmony! In conclusion, if I had written this book, it would've been MUCH MUCH BETTER AND BUMPED IS PROBABLY TERRIBLE TOO BUT I'LL NEVER FIND CUZ I'M NEVER READING IT!
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I loooooved it just like the first one. I couldnt put it down for a second!!!!
shyd More than 1 year ago
This story picks up as Harmony is getting closer to her due date. I have to say that I was excited to get back to this story to see how it would all end. We catch up with Melody and Jondoe at a event for them. Melody seems to have it all going for her as she is bumped with Jondoe and set to deliver twins. She is what all other girls dream of being and yet she is not happy. I love that this story was showing the other side of the teen surrogate business and showed how unhappy these girls can really be. It may not be all that it is cracked up to be as we are starting to see. Melody and Zen are getting closer but they can't be together and it is starting to get to Melody. I love that they were starting to get more into each other and willing to admit how much they really cared for each other. Harmony meanwhile was starting to question everything she was thought to believe in and wanted answers. She soon learns that nobody else feels like she does in Goodside and they are starting to question her sanity. I love that Harmony was willing to take risks and decided to think for herself. I also like that Ram was willing to help her and not cut her off like other people had done. I think this book ramped up the action more and it made for a quicker read. We move along to Melody and Jondoe going to rescue Harmony and bring her back to Otherside. When this happens Harmony and Jondoe have a chance to finally sort out their feelings. I have to say that Jondoe grew on me more in this book than the first one. He really started to show that he cared more about something than himself and was willing to take risks. I liked where the relationship between Harmony and Jondoe was heading. They have potential for so much more. The author took a lot of risks with this book and they paid off. I feel like the characters got closure and I wasn't left with any unanswered questions. It was wrapped up really well. I like that the fall out of the babies being born and the events that took place from there made the world really take a look at what they were doing. It made people take a step back and realize these were really teen girls asked to make sure hard choices at such young ages. There were some that were ready to handle it and then you get others that it is just too much for them to have to shoulder. They shouldn't even have to worry about these issues. Overall I think the author did a great job with this unique concept. It was different from anything out there but still such a real issue that could have really happened. It makes you wonder just what side of the fence you would be on if you had to chose. I highly recommend this book to others and think you should definitely pick up a copy.