Thumped by Megan McCafferty
No summary; this review is spoiler-free! If you’d like to read the synopsis for Thumped, click here.
My thoughts: After reading Bumped, it’s easier to adjust to the culture shock of the world Harmony and Melody live in. Thus, the sequel to Megan McCafferty’s fantastic 2011 release is not quite as shocking as its predecessor. However, it is just as exciting and fun. McCafferty is great at keeping readers engaged. She knows how to write a good story. The social commentary and ridiculous humor are merely bonuses!
Harmony and Melody are totally different girls in Thumped. In Bumped I preferred Melody, because Harmony seemed a bit too naïve for my tastes, but Thumped changed my mind. Harmony stands out in Thumped because of her tremendous personal growth. Melody remains relatively static throughout the book, but she is clearly different from the girl she was in Bumped.
Because Thumped has a much faster pace than Bumped, it’s a bit difficult to fully connect with each of the characters. The two protagonists are given the attention they deserve, but old favorites like Zane and Jondoe are more side characters than anything else. This is disappointing, but for the purpose of closing up the series, the lack of focus on characters makes sense.
If Bumped was your cup of tea last year, definitely pick up Thumped. (And don’t worry if you feel you’ve forgotten important details: Megan McCafferty does a great job of catching us up.) The quirky style is still there, and it ties up all loose ends from book one. There are a few twists to look for, too, so be prepared!
For those who like: Bumped, satire, stories about teen pregnancy
Source: publisher. Thank you!