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Thumped

Thumped - Megan McCafferty This review is also posted at The Bawdy Book BlogThumped is more of the same satirical drama we had in Bumped, but taken to the next level. And yet I found myself liking it a little bit more. Who knows? Maybe the characters grew on me.Thumped picks up exactly 35 weeks after Bumped left off: Melody and Harmony are thirty-five weeks pregnant with Jondoe’s twins and Lib has used them to create the MiNet sensation, The Hotties. They are no longer individuals; they are a brand and society is in love with them. Except they have one small (big) problem…I can’t say that I initially enjoyed Bumped, because it was so over-the-top and in-your-face. I found the premise a strange sort of ridiculous and somewhat shocking (but on the flip side, some good books have great shock value, right?). So I was apprehensive when I was given Thumped for review. Thumped is much the same, but McCafferty takes it to the next level. Where I was a little lost in her messages with Bumped (for the record, I wrote that review after I had read Thumped), I sort of got what she was implying with all the satire in Thumped. We could become this if we stay too connected and let bogus media influence our lives. Hell, maybe we’re already there with all of the internet sites, rag mags and, yes, even Twitter.I get why she chose the subject of teen pregnancy; it is quite the shock-fest. Where books like Wither show the decay of society into polygamy, Thumped shows the ascension to abusing the Next Generation (no, that isn’t a salute to you Trekkies….sorry). It really made me think: how far would we go to preserve the human race? How far would YOU go to ensure the survival of your family line? I think I would go pretty far, but I don’t know how far. So Thumped became thought-provoking for me.So that begs the question: why didn’t I like it more? Well, I’ll tell you, the slang sort of ruins moments in the book for me. It’s hard to keep up with it, without a glossary and who wants to refer back to a glossary all the freaking time? I don’t. (And it’s honestly not impossible to keep up with, but it felt like I was reading a strange version of English…which I was.) Often the characters annoyed the crap out of me. Harmony was less “churchy” which is great, but not because I’m anti-religion or anything; I really felt like in the first book, McCafferty took the church thing too far with Harmony. Yes, there are extremists in every group, but the point of this novel was to amplify everything and Harmony’s church-ways seemed overly amplified in my humble opinion. This is coming to you from someone who doesn’t even attend church, except when I have to go to a funeral. Or wedding. So the dampening of Harmony in Thumped was very welcome. Melody wasn’t as interesting in Thumped as she was in Bumped. I found that she often took a backseat to Harmony’s escapades, even though she presented as the stronger character in Bumped. Where was the strong, egomaniacal Jondoe that I sort of liked in Bumped? Instead we have this emo kid lusting after someone he hasn’t seen in thirty-five weeks. Le sigh. Probably the coolest character was still Xander, for being anti-let’s-use-teenagers-to-reproduce and expressing his thoughts concisely and consistently. I also liked Lib. Just because he was so outrageous. Sometimes outrageous is great!Overall, the sexual themes and content continue in Thumped, although any real heat happens off page. I still wouldn’t find this series suitable for young teenagers. While there is no gratuitous sex and McCafferty’s message rang loud and clear to me, I think the satire is too mature for young audiences to conceive (pun intended).**I received this ARC for review**