by Megan McCafferty
Release Date: April 26th 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.
With Teen Pregnancy being all the rage on TV at the moment, I’m not surprised at all to see the subject turning up in books as well. And honestly, I don’t see how sensationalizing it is helping the matter, but that’s another story all together.
Bumped was a really… different read for me. The language was really hard to get into at first, but most of it is pretty repetitive, so I got used to it after a while. Still, I had to stop reading and think about what a word was supposed to mean before I went on.
The plot was really interesting, and totally something that could happen in the future. Although, I’m hoping that if it did happen, kids would be given more of a choice, than being “born to bump”. I had a really hard time connecting with any of the characters in the book. Melody and Harmony were somewhat likeable, but I barely felt any connection towards either one, unfortunately. I also didn’t care that Christian’s were portrayed as being freaks.
I can see Bumped having many interesting discussions given the subject matter. It’s a book that definitely makes you wonder, ‘what if’. I know a lot of people have and will liked this book. It was just an ok read for me.
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