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Thumped (Bumped) Hardcover – April 24, 2012

3.9 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Bumped Series

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“A sparkling, imaginative romp that is nevertheless plenty provocative.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“The well-paced plot and the twins’ alternating narratives will keep readers engaged …. A worthwhile read.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for BUMPED: “McCafferty proves that dystopias don’t have to be dreary to be provocative.” (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for BUMPED: “Sure to keep [readers] thinking.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for BUMPED: “BUMPED is brilliant, innovative, and slightly terrifying. Megan McCafferty delivers!” (Carolyn Mackler, author of TANGLED and the Printz-Honor-book, THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS)

Praise for BUMPED: “Megan McCafferty has conceived a hilarious, touching, truly original novel, told in her trademark, spot-on voice. Readers of every age will delight in this new arrival.” (Rachel Cohn, bestselling author of NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST)

Praise for BUMPED: “Bumped has it all: a fascinating yet frighteningly believable world, seamless world-building, great humor, and sophisticated word play. The book will start many a discussion and, alas, raise more than a few eyebrows. I suspect the mothers will like it just as much as the daughters. Bumped is the ‘breediest’ novel of the year.” (Gabrielle Zevin, author of ELSEWHERE)

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Bumped (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061962769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061962769
  • ASIN: 0061962767
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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Thumped by Megan McCafferty is the sequel to Bumped a dystopian satire about a society where teenagers are encouraged to get pregnant. The story alternates between the voices of twins Harmony and Melody who have told the world that they are both pregnant with twins and born on the same day. Harmony has gone back to Goodside with her husband although she is pregnant with Jondoe's babies. She is unhappy in this religious community and unwilling to conform. Melody is part of a huge fraud, faking the most public pregnancy in the world. The two have to come to terms with their decisions before the untruths blowup in their faces.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice sequel to Bumped and it was a sequel, not a second book in a series so it had a nice and fulfilling ending at the end (something that's lacking in a lot of YA lit) that even packs a nice message at the end. The book is satire and filled with a lot of tongue and cheek moments that had me giggling. This series is unlike anything else on the market and one I would recommend to teens.

Appropriateness: This dystopian tale much like others that have been on the market recently was built around a premise of the government controlling or encouraging teenage sexuality. In this case teenagers are encouraged to become pregnant, to "bump" (have sex) and to give their babies away. Even though sex and sexuality is the main premise of this book the content is still fairly tame. There is one heavy makeout scene that is not descriptive. The ultimate message of the book is a liberal sex ed philosophy, that sex should be meaningful and not done because of pressure from outside forces, that controlling sexual behavior (either way) isn't positive.
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Thumped picks up several months after Bumped left off--twins Harmony and Melody are once again separated but both are struggling with their life choices in a society where only teenaged girls can become pregnant. Harmony has returned to Goodside to attempt to fit in with "husband" Ram, even though she's now pregnant with twins after her one night stand with professional stud, Jondoe, and to say it's not going well is an understatement. Confused about what she wants in life, Harmony's still longing for the beautiful Jondoe, even though she's making a valiant attempt to be a faithful member of her religion. Meanwhile, Melody is "pregnant" as well...or is she? It's not really a spoiler to say that Melody, Zen, and Jondoe are playing out the biggest scam on the world to date to raise awareness of how young girls are being exploited into making babies before they are mentally ready to do so.

The action is fast and gripping with short chapters that make the book fly by. Told in the alternating viewpoints of Melody and Harmony, we see the twins rebel against a system that uses young girls' bodies as baby making factories. There are romances and deep family bonds as well as revealed secrets as the story unfolds; I especially like how the book ends because it seems like a realistic way to bring the story to a close. The absence of any adult with common sense takes away a level of believabiltiy, but overall this book is just as engaging and fun as the first. Definitely an enjoyable read!
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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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