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“Bumped” by Megan McCafferty

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - Book Reading
“Bumped” by Megan McCafferty

Back of the Book:

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to 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 Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody 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.

From Publishers Weekly:

“McCafferty proves that dystopias don’t have to be dreary to be provocative.”

Pages: 323

Published: 2011-04-26

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=4.0/5]

The very worst thing about this book is some of the strange slang. I don’t like it, but it makes perfect sense. And “bump” is already used to some extent for having sex. Have you ever heard of “bumping uglies?” The characters are interchangeable in spite some major differences simply because they aren’t developed very well, but I’m hopeful that this will improve in future books.

The very best thing about this book is that it’s an interesting twist on the teen pregnancy issue. What if teens had to get pregnant? I can’t wait for the next book! I’m looking forward to seeing how the mix-up plays out. Oh, and I love that the cover is a picture of an egg!!!

Challenges:

This book will be placed under the 42 Challenge 2011, the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Futuristic/Sci-Fi Reading Challenge, the The Dystopia Challenge, and the The TwentyEleven Challenge.

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