What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, May 11, 2012

Thumped by Megan McCafferty

It seems like FOREVER ago that I reviewed Megan McCafferty's Bumped (the prequel to Thumped). If you missed that review, you can check it out here. But as a recap, you may recall that I wasn't the biggest fan. I rated it two espresso shots. But when Thumped came out a few weeks ago, I just couldn't resist. I needed to know what happened. So I set aside the things that I hadn't liked about the first book, and dove into this one.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

I ended up being glad that I didn't pass this one over.

What I Liked: 1) Much like the first, I liked the premise of the book. These two girls are both learning and figuring out what it is about this society that is wrong, and they are rebelling against it. Girl power! 2) The guys. I liked all the guys that attend to the girls in this book. They all seem to put Harmony and Melody's needs above their own. Maybe part of this is because their world has been trained to believe that pregnant teens are the future, but also, these guys are genuinely caring and sweet. Even, surprisingly, Jondoe. 3) Here's something different about this one than the last: I liked both Harmony and Melody better than I liked them in the first book. There were aspects I appreciated about them in the first book, but they both came into their personalities in this book, and it was easier to get to know them. Melody has grown up a lot in the 8 months since Bumped. She's more mature and not as shallow as she was. Harmony is still shy, but she's become stronger and can stand up for what she wants now, instead of just mindlessly spewing the religious doctrine that's been instilled in her since she was a little girl. 4) There was a lot more substance to this book than the first. That was one of the things I liked best about it. It turned me around on this duet of books.

What I Didn't Like: There still wasn't any explanation of the slang or the technology used in the book. I really wish I understood some of it more. I don't need like, an owner's manual or anything, but it seriously sounded to me as if they have social networks built into their brains. I just wish I understood if that's what it all meant.

Overall thoughts: An impressive finale to follow a weaker start to this series. Thumped has more of everything that I like as a reader, more substance, more character development, and a strong finish. It's an easy read but will keep your attention for all 300 pages. There were still some things missing, but hey, we can't have it all, right? For a look at the humorous side of dystopian society, check out Thumped, and it's prequel, Bumped.

 My Rating: 3.5 shots


  1. Ok, see I didn't even finish Bumped b/c I just didn't like much about it (the weird slang included) but have also seen some buzz around Thumped. Now I'm wondering if I should have finished the first one just to be able to read this one?? Great review!

  2. Cool review! I haven't read Bumped yet.

  3. Ohhhh I'm so excited to read this one!!! I LOVED Bumped, I thought it was a great concept, and I'm so stoked to find out how it's going to end! Great review, I know what you mean about its downfalls, but still. I can't wait!

  4. I have the first one and haven't read it yet, but this one sounds like it's good too. I will have to read the first one soon. Great review.


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