09 July 2012

{Book Review} Thumped by Megan McCafferty

By: Me My Shelf And I | 09 July 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | |


Bumped #2
Author: Megan McCafferty
Pages: 304
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Rating: 3 Birds

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 fell for under the strangest of circumstances.
To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything: a major contract and a coupling with the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.
The girls’ every move is analyzed by millions of fans eagerly counting down to “Double Double Due Date.” They’re two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and they could do only one thing to make them even more famous:
Tell the truth.

When THUMPED came out I was eager to read the final chapter in the lives of Harmony and Melody. When we left them in BUMPED then were both pregnant, one was married and happily living the life of the Church and then other, who was born to breed was in the spotlight creating her brand,. Together they are the most popular girls in the world.

I have to say that the while the initial idea of reading BUMPED last year skieved me out a little bit, I am more than thrilled that I journeyed into McCafferty’s “all to scary-ily-close-to-being-possible-world”. If you’ve not read Bumped yet, or just haven’t read it in a while, the concept behind the series is that a virus has wiped out woman’s ability to reproduce after 18. Instead, happily married couples hire girls between 13-18 to carry children for them, and the girls look at being pregnant as the coolest thing in the world. It’s socially acceptable to be pregnant young, it’s expected even. Interesting concept, huh?

The story line and approach to the teenagers being pregnant in the books is handled with care, but still maintains it’s realness. And if you’re still looking at this series as kinda weird, remember things are not always what they seem. Underneath all the made up slang McCafferty uses is a take about standing up for yourself, being there for others and really makes you wonder what would you do if you were in the same position as Melody and Harmony.

This book would have gotten a much higher rating from me if it wasn’t for the aforementioned slang used within. Did it belong in the book? Yes. Was it over used and seem to be pushing the limit from time to time? Yes!

In this futuristic world everything revolves around pregnancy and that includes the language. Things are “breedy” or so bad you could just “terminate”. When you are pregnant you are “pregging” and by the end of the book my head as spinning and I heard everything in a very Valley Girl tone for about 4 hours. The jargon fist perfectly with some of the characters in the book, but truthfully when you have strong protags like Harmony and Melody, hearing them use 90% of these phrases degraded their intelligence and believability in my opinion.

That aside, the story is relevant. It’s more than that, it’s interesting and I hope you give the BUMPED Series a try. Just be prepared for the vocab lesson *wink*

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  1. I really need to get to reading this series. Thanks for the warning about the slang!

  2. I've never heard of these but they sound really good. Even with the slang.

  3. Sounds interesting. I havent read any books in the series so think i'll give it a try. great review.

  4. Ah, I wasn't the only one who heard everything with a valley girl accent! Whew! :D


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