12. May 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Dystopia, Fiction, Teen Books

Thumped by Megan McCafferty, 304 pages, read by Courtney, on 05/09/2012

Thumped picks up about 8 and 1/2 months after Bumped, which naturally means that some babies are on the way and quite soon. Harmony is back in Goodside with her husband, Ram. Melody is by now one of the most famous young women in the world. The press is positively rabid for any details about either twin. They’re scheduled to deliver twins on the same day and in a world where babies are some of the most expensive commodities, it’s no surprise that Melody and Harmony are the focus of nation-wide attention. Unfortunately for the girls, this fame does not come without its difficulties, especially since there are certain secrets that could take the girls from famous to infamous in a split second.
Now that the world-building from Bumped is out of the way, McCafferty is free to dig deep into the implications of such a world. It remains a humorous indictment of fame, pervasive media, advertising and gender politics. It’s as clever as the first book, only with more growth from the characters. The ending may be a bit too tidy, but fans of the first book will ultimately be satisfied by the conclusion of this quirky story.

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