Author: Megan McCafferty.
Series: Yes, Bumped #2.
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published Date: 4/24/12.
"Thumped, the sequel to Bumped, manages to be satiric, scary, and romantic at the same time. It continues the story of separated-at-birth twins, Melody and Harmony, girls as engaging as McCafferty’s Jessica Darling. These sisters are the most popular teen girls on the planet. To their fans, they seem to be living ideal lives. Harmony is married to Ram and living in Goodside, the religious community that once meant everything to her. Melody has the genetically flawless Jondoe as her coupling partner, which means money and status—and a bright future.
But both girls are hiding secrets. And they are each pining for the only guys they can’t have…. The biggest risk of all could be to finally tell the truth."
Thumped is one of the nineteen books I planned to read in this month of marathons, and I'm glad I decided to add it to the list! Thumped is the second and final installment to Bumped, and continues on with the story of twin teenage girls, Melody and Harmony.
This installment takes place eight and half months later, when Harmony is almost due to give birth to her twins, and Melody is struggling to keep her fake pregnancy a secret.
After discovering that she was pregnant, Harmony ran back to her religious community, to raise these children with her husband, Ram. He knows that these aren't his babies, but neither Harmony nor Ram confront the subject.
Harmony isn't making any contact towards her sister, or the father of her babies; Jondoe. Which leaves Melody to not only try and maintain this secret, her contract, but also deal with a heartbroken stud muffin.
After cutting off her hair and going against her religious elders, Harmony is threatened to be thrown out of the community and have her twins taken from her. She doesn't have anywhere else to go, so Harmony decides to give Melody a call; knowing that her sister will come to help.
Of course I don't want to give away everything, so the story pretty much takes off from there. Harmony and Melody become closer through dealing with this struggle. And both of the girls finally get the family they've both missed out on.
The one thing I was hoping for in both Bumped and Thumped, was a bit of a better explanation as to why adults aren't fertile anymore, but I didn't get that. I know the story was focused on Melody and Harmony, and their experience in this crazy world, but I guess I was just curious to see what started it all.
Overall Thumped was a fantastic installment to Bumped. It was a light read, but one that boggled your mind. I mean I still can't get over the fact that these teenagers WANT to get pregnant. GET pregnant, and basically SELL their baby.
If you've haven't gotten the chance to devour these two books, I recommend doing so, if you're looking for something strange, futuristic, but also lighthearted!