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(Bumped #2)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  5,298 ratings  ·  641 reviews
It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins…on the same day!

Married to Ram and living in Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once believed in. But she can’t forget about Jondoe, the guy she
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Balzer + Bray (first published April 1st 2012)
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Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
The scariest thing about Thumped -- a story told about a futuristic dystopia where teen girls have their bodies sold for reproductive purposes -- is how eerily similar it is to our own world right now.

Before saying a whole lot more, I'll say it's absolutely essential to read Bumped before diving into this one or it will make no sense at all. A year out from reading Bumped, I was a little lost for a while (partially my fault and partially because the first 1/3 or so of Thumped is the weakest).

Jun 26, 2011 marked it as to-read
I'm confused. How can Melody be pregnant if she never had sex with anybody..? Am I missing something?
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am honestly not sure why Bumped and Thumped haven't received more love from the YA community. I wish that they did; they offer something lighter, less romantic and certainly different from other dystopian novels on the market. Where most of these (Wither, Matched, Legend, Divergent, and many more) offer bleak, dramatic visions of the future where romance and hope should prevail through tragedy, Megan McCafferty works on similar ideas by way of the satire. And it (in my opinion) works beautiful ...more
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh, Megan McCafferty. How dare you end this two-book series now? I demand that you write a third. Chumped? Dumped? Humped?

Thumped picks up eight and a half months after Bumped ended. Harmony has returned to Goodside, the religious compound that she called home prior to decamping to Otherside to find her identical twin sister, Melody. Harmony didn't leave alone, however; she is pregnant with twin girls. Meanwhile, back in Otherside, Melody, thanks to ALTERR (Artificial Living Tissue Engineered fo
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-emmy
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Thumped focuses more on Harmony as the girls fight their own popularity to save the future they really want.

Opening Sentence: I face my reflection, an engorged distortion I barely recognize anymore.

The Review:

You absolutely have to read Bumped before picking up its sequel. Nothing will make sense and unlike other authors, McCafferty doesn’t waste pages going over the previous novel. If you read it, you’ll remember it. If you skipped it, you’
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Spoiler Free*

This was a fantastic conclusion to a crazy, refreshing, inventive dystopian series.

I absolutely loved Bumped with its wacky vocabulary and its odd concepts of pregnancy in a world where past the age of 18, girls become infertile. I could only vaguely remember parts of Bumped so I would suggest re-reading it before digging into Thumped. However it does all come back to you and the progression of the characters and their lives are clearly explained.

Thumped hooks you in straight away
Sep 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm going to be honest, I don't remember a lot about Bumped. I remember I read it, thought it was an interesting concept, and liked it enough to be mildly excited when I saw there was a sequel.

I have a great love of dystopian fiction but this particular novel failed to live up to my expectations. I kept reading, waiting for it to get exciting, for something to happen, and it never did. Zen and Melody are supposed to be planning this "Mission", this rebellion against society and they hardly eve
Amanda Pearl
OMG I won this as a goodreads giveaway! This is my first one, I can't believe it! SO EFFING EXCITED

Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Oh, Thumped. What can I say about Thumped?
I read the first book, Bumped, and honestly, I did not enjoy it. So don't ask me what compelled me to pick up Thumped and read it, but I did.
And I didn't enjoy this one either. Surprise, surprise.
So I'm just going to keep this review short.

This book was very frustrating for me. In more than one aspect.
First, the relationships between characters. Zen, who supposedly loves Melody, doesn't act at all
I don't know why I decided to pick up the second book of the "Bumped" duology considering the fact that I didn't particularly like the first one. I guess I just wanted to know what happened and how Melody ended up pregnant since she didn't have intercourse.
I must admit I enjoyed "Thumped" more than its predecessor. The first book focused more on the relationship between Melody and Harmony, the whole baby-making corporation and the potential love interests for the two sisters. This book was so mu
Newport Librarians
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Book #2, this is the sequel to Bumped. Melody and Harmony are back, looking very pregnant and the center of some national attention for their pregnancies. Twin girls, each pregnant with twins? The media is going crazy! What will happen after their births? How will the public and the religious commune accept each of the girls?

Though I wasn't crazy about Bumped, I read this wanting to see what happened to the girls and how they handled their situation. Again, there was so much potential here and
Ashley Hunt
Apr 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read Bumped and I thought it was quite ridiculous, but I wanted to see if the sequel was better in some way. Alas, no.

This book just made me sad.

Humanist is the word. The author's views of God, Jesus, and the Holy Bible are awful. You cannot tailor-make God to fit your own desires and whims; and the Bible is not to be spit upon (no matter how subtly you do it).

The church Megan presents in this book, is obviously terrible. The Good News is, you don't put your faith in a church. You put it in
May 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was very unsure about my thoughts on BUMPED, the first book in the series, but I think I decided, overall, that I did enjoy the story.

So, what happened here with THUMPED? I just can't put my finger on it. The characters were selfish and irritating. The story was getting tiring and the weird bump-esque language just became annoying after a while.

Just stop at BUMPED and pretend like it's a cliff-hanger ending on purpose -- that'd be my recommendation, at least.
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Melody seems to have everything she ever wanted – a relationship with the most famous ReProductive Professional on earth and one of the best Surrogette contracts she could have ever hoped for.

Fame and fortune, Melody seems to have it all. She is a marketer’s dream. She has her own brand. She has her own fragrance. Her fan base is enormous. Everyone wants to know about her. The cheerclones want to be her.

And as one half of the Hotties with a Double Double Due Date or D4, she and Harmony are what
Jessica Gillies
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A tough book to review. I read the first book in this series when I was about 13 and remember really wanting to get my hands on the sequel, but never finding it till recently. Eight years on I unsurprisingly found the writing rather juvenile (even for YA), and in places littered with typos. Nonetheless it was a fast-paced, fun read.

In many respects this book is a YA version of The Handmaid's tale. I see the issues the author is trying to approach in her writing however didn't find them hugely c
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sequel and finale of the Bumped series is everything I could have wanted. I love the language used in these books, it's so amusing to hear what they call certain things and behaviors. And things like "For Serious" have been adopted in my daily language while reading!

Zen is one of my favorite characters and I was glad to see so much more of him in this book. I also think it's wonderful that we got to know more about Ram and see more interaction with him.

Melody and Harmony are still very diff
Avery TheLibrariansDaughter
Sep 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Everyone in this book is dumb. Almost did not finish.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it

Rating: 3.5/5

Thumped returns us to a world that dropped our jaws when we initially encountered it in Bumped, and though we’re more prepared for it with this sequel, we find we’re no more comfortable with this future the second time around. Perhaps part of the reason Ms. McCafferty’s distorted reality is so unnerving is not because we can’t possibly imagine a time in which we’d view the sexual exploitation of our young men and women as necessary no matter how desperate our future selves might be,
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not sure how I feel about this one. I liked Bumped, but Thumped disappointed me. Everything happened quickly, it was incredibly predictable, and the ending was a little too perfect.

The Good:

Um...I liked seeing more of this world. And the terminology that the characters use was interesting.

Even though he's a bit too love sick, Jondoe is still somewhat likeable. The fact that he's a major celebrity because he doesn't shoot blanks is funny.

Melody still kept me interested, despite the fact that sh
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was nervous reading this one. Bumped was such a great story that I was worried that Thumped wouldn't live up to it's awesomeness. Not to mention the fact that the description confused me. But I must say that McCafferty not only did and amazing follow up to Bumped, she left me wanting more of these characters.

Thumped picks up about 8 months after Bumped left off. Harmony is back with her church community and her husband Ram pregnant with Jondoe's twins. She thought it would be the best to go ba
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Last year I read and loved Bumped, the first book in this series. It was so refreshing to read something different, something I never would've imagined someone would write and I laughed my ass off. Since then, I've been waiting anxiously for Thumped to arrive. And I was not disappointed!

Thumped picks up eight and a half months later, both identical twins, Harmony and Melody are preggo with twins and are due to give birth at the same time. Harmony went back to Goodside, her preachy-teachy gated c
Issie Cassidy
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I decided to read Thumped because I like the idea of dystopian texts however, most dystopian books are too gruesome and sad for me to enjoy them. However Thumped had the attributes of a dystopian text but luckily not the same disturbing outcomes.

This book completes "a book with themes related to those we've studied in class in the 2nd half of the year". This book shows the same theme as Never Let Me Go because they are both dystopian texts with protagonists' questioning what is happening to the
Tawni (The Book Worms)
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 t
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Geez. Somehow, I thought maybe this one would be a bit better than the first one. The ending was pretty good, but it was a long time coming. It takes forever for anyone to figure anything out. I guess if you are raised a certain way, it is hard... but I don't know.

I still liked Harmony more than Melody. (Shaving at dying her hair gave her bonus points too) Melody was supposed to be super-smart, but she was just sort of like a blond bimbo to me. Sort of like Shannon on the show "LOST". You know,
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
Whereas Bumped gave us strong social commentary in the form of satire without commentary, Thumped is a lot less subtle. We really are "Thumped" in the head with the real issues of teen pregnancy and sex, celebrity, and media pressure. But, even though I enjoyed Bump's style of more bite and less bark, Thump's bark had plenty of bite itself:

I glance down at the for seriously wanked True or False quiz our teacher distributed to all of us sidelined preggers to pass the time while the rest of the c
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok

I'm not sure how to rate these. I feel like reeeeally shouldn't be young adult books, because of the subject matter, but it's not written in such a way I could recommend it to another adult that doesn't write YA.

With that said, it's an interesting story and it was a nice read for something different. However, it writing was lacking in a few ways. None of the characters were well developed, and I found them overly stereo-typical to boot. It was hard to care for anyone in the story, or form an e
Laura Simpson
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really 3/4 stars, but benefit of the doubt. Yet again so much in this book is fascinating and intriguing in terms of dystopia but also feminism, media, consumerism and human rights. This may be a book that is aimed for teenagers with cheesy and colloquial language but the subjects its tackling is much more deeper. The book I think could of done with more of a sophisticated element to the tackling of the issues, however it is aimed at teenagers and works well in that aspect of target reader. I wo ...more
The sequel to Bumped left me satisfied. As fascinated as I was by the world McCafferty was presenting me in the first book, I just wasn't that in to Melody or Harmony. Harmony seemed completely whacked out, not because of her churchiness but because of the whole (view spoiler), which was creepy. I liked Melody more but wasn't crazy about her. She seemed to serve mostly as a device to offset McCafferty's more ex ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian
Ok, so this book wasn't bad enough to read the second book, the concept is still great. But it seemed to get worse with "hotties" and all the different lingo they used. Very Valley Girls like in this book. I do not claim to be a Hero or anything like that, so im not sure....but I just kinda felt like the author went "hey Im going to wrap this book up into a pretty bow at the end and let the main character give a great speech (which didn't seem THAT great to me) and she is going to be a hero and ...more
Although the concept of this series appeared far fetched when I picked up the first book of this duo some careful characterisation on the part of McCafferty helped dispel my 'Huh' attitude throughout the first book, and it was the same during this read. The made up terms and strange attitude of the characters may seem confronting, and not in a good sense but in one of confusion. However, as you work your way through these books this is actually exceedingly smart of McCafferty's part. She created ...more
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Megan McCafferty writes fiction for tweens, teens and teens-at-heart of all ages. The author of eleven novels, she’s best known for SLOPPY FIRSTS and four more sequels in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series. She's got two new books coming out in 2020: TRUE TO YOUR SELFIE (MG, Scholastic, 2/20) and THE MALL (YA, Wednesday Books, 6/20). Described in her first review as “Judy Blume ...more

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