Book View: Thumped

Book View: ThumpedThumped by Megan McCafferty
Series: Bumped #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 24th 2012
Pages: 304

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.

* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series.
Read at your own risk *

Short and Sweet:
It is rare that I find myself enjoying a sequel more so than the first book of the series. But that is exactly what happened with Thumped. The first installment, Bumped, ended with a rather quickie marriage and a pregnancy. Thumped opens months after the events in Bumped.

Unlike Bumped, Thumped seems to focus more so on Harmony than Melody. At this point, I like both MCs about equally, but wish that the book had given both characters a little more equal time. By the end of Thumped, readers are given a satisfying conclusion… to Harmony's tale. But Melody was pretty much left standing. Now, every book does not have to end with every single plot thread resolved. But the ones left concerning Melody were a few too many for me to ignore. And with Thumped seeming to be the conclusion to this tale, I am not sure if I will ever get my questions answered.

Final Verdict:
Thumped left me a bit confused as a whole. There were plenty of times that I found myself thinking 'wow, this is such a good book.' Yet as the end of the book approached, my thoughts transformed more into 'this is it?' I realize it can be hard to sum up everything neatly… but I need some resolution here! But with no additional sequel announced at this time, sadly, I think this may be the end of the line for this series… plot threads hanging and all. But I must admit that I am still a bit hopeful that there will be a resolution for Melody… some day.

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