April 18, 2013

Two Mini Reviews: Bumped and Thumped by: Megan McCafferty

Bumped by: Megan McCafferty 
Genre: YA/Dystopian/Romance
323 pages
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository

Summary: In the not so distant future, a virus hits, leaving those who are over the age of 18 unable to have children. This in turn brings about the age of promoting teen pregnancies. Twins Melody and Harmony, who were separated at birth, find each other again and explore two different sides of reproduction rights. Harmony is very religious and doesn't believe in having babies for money. Melody is currently signed up to get pregnant for a couple who will pay her big bucks. Even though they are from two totally different backgrounds, one day changes their future, bringing them closer together no matter their differences.

Review: This is a very enjoyable read and I immediately began the second book when I finished this one, hence the double review. This book is the opposite of today. Teen pregnancies are encouraged and valued... creepy right?! Since the population can't have babies after the age of 18 they look to teenagers to have children for them. It is a scary thought. When I first started reading this book it was confusing, with all the future slang that I only understood half of, and the fact that it took a while until the whole virus thing was spelled out for me, therefore I found it hard to get into. Once I got past that it was more enjoyable. The lines between right and wrong are blurred, making this a very thought provoking book. Don't worry though, it is still fun and I had some laughs. I really liked the dynamic between the twins. I went back and forth between which twin I liked the most, realizing in the end that I liked them both in different ways. I really enjoy how both girls grow in their own way and realize that they need to make their own decisions. Bumped had some good twist and turns, keeping me interested. This book is worth picking up the next time you are at the library or the store. It doesn't even take long to read, so it won't take up too much of your precious reading time, I know how important that time is. :)

Rating: 3.5/5 

Thumped by: Megan McCafferty
Genre: YA/Dystopian/Romance
290 pages
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository

**This review contains spoilers of Bumped, its prequel. 

Summary: Thumped takes place 35 weeks after the ending of Bumped. The twins have become famous, both due to give birth to twins on the same day. Harmony is back in Goodside living with Ram, never forgetting Jondoe, the man she first loved. Melody is always in the spotlight, due to have one of the most famous births ever. But they both are living a lie.

Review: This book had me hooked from the first page, and I finished it in one sitting. After the ending of Bumped I was ready to see how Melody and Harmony would solve the problems they had to face in Bumped. This book had many laughs and I enjoyed it even more than the first. The twins finally get their chance to be whoever they want to be, but they must pay the price of sharing the dangerous secrets they have been keeping. This book alone is reason enough to read these two books. If you have already read Bumped and have yet to read Thumped then I have no idea what you are waiting for. Read it!

Rating: 4/5


  1. An interesting concept...the teenage pregnancy part reminds me a little bit of Lauren DeStefano's Wither (Chemical Garden trilogy) though I'm sure the books are different in other ways!

    1. I have not read the Chemical Garden books. It was really creepy at times reading about all these teenagers getting pregnant and how that was celebrated. :/

    2. Yea that very same thing happens in the Chemical Garden -- quite creepy. I'd be curious to see how these books handle that...

  2. Matched was one of the first YA books I've read, but unfortunately I DNF'd soon--couldn't connect with the plot nor the humor, which is odd, because crude humor is practically my thing. Still, I'm glad to see you enjoyed both the first book and the second book so much!

  3. I've been meaning to read Bumped for well over a year now, haha. I'll bump it up a few spots in my TBR list. Great reviews! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making


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