Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
Publication Date: 4.26.2011
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.
I'm sure, that given the subject of teen pregnancies, this book will have lots of debatable conversation topics. I want to put it out there that this review is only my own opinion, and that your opinion may differ after reading Bumped. :)
Bumped was a very interesting read. I was SO excited to read it, and when I finally picked it up I had very mixed feelings. First thing's first, there was a lot of talk about sex and the nitty-gritty of childbirth in this book; conversations, jokes, songs, and then the real thing. Most of it was expertly written (with some nice, witty conversations), and I applaud Megan McCafferty for her ability to write such things in such a real way that makes sense to teens and adults, alike. But while it is all given humorously, I can see how it could easily offend. There were parts where I found myself cringing at something that was said or done.
In fact, I wasn't at all into the whole Christians being "freaks" thing. There may have been others in the world who weren't like this, but the only people mentioned in the story who were any type of religious, were extremists, who were shunned by the general population, and considered "freaks." This did play into the storyline, and helped prove a point at the end, but I still didn't like it.
The characters themselves, were sort of hard to get a read on. I didn't believe the reasoning behind anything Harmony did at the end, and I did not like Jondoe. At all. The character I really liked, though, was Melody's best friend, Zen. He had an awesome personality, and played a key part in the book.
The world was very interesting. It is easily something that could happen in our future, although I would hope that "bumping" for money/scholarships/cars wouldn't be the best option girls have. The futuristic slang was hilarious, and had me laughing throughout the book. It totally fit the time and current events, and was pretty smart, if you ask me. Megan McCafferty is one funny woman. It reminded me a lot of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies trilogy, which also has its own slang...only Bumped's slang is more, you know, "fertilicious." :)
The idea behind Bumped was fantastic. I really liked the world, and the idea that it could come to this if there was ever such a virus. But it just wasn't for me. A lot of the story was focused on selling the reader on how fun and fabulous it is to get bumped, and why the girls do it...and not enough on the big realization to make an impression.