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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

The premise of Megan McCafferty's book Bumped intrigued me from the moment I read the dust cover. Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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.

Sounds just weird enough to be really good, right? Unfortunately, that's about as interesting as it gets.

What I liked: 1) The idea. It's completely unlike anything I've ever read, so I definitely thought that premise was great. Add to that the whole, twins separated at birth aspect which makes it all definitely intriguing. 2) Melody - I appreciated her...struggle with the future she was raised for. 3) And I liked Harmony's altruism - to a point. I also loved that they were named Melody and Harmony. Pure comedy.

What I didn't like: 1) There is a lot of slang that goes unexplained in Bumped. You can pick it up eventually, but it takes some getting used to and in the meantime it interrupts the flow of the plot. 2) Harmony's hypocritical attitude. She's never completely honest with Melody yet she preaches to her about her morals. 3) There is little to no explanation of their technology. I appreciate leaving things to the imagination, but I found this one a bit of a stretch.

Overall opinion: I've read worse, I've read better. I probably won't be reading it again. But it did spark some curiosity in me when it was all over, so when book 2 comes out (Thumped), I'll check it out.

My rating: 2 shots

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  1. I didn't like the characters and even though I finished the book to find out what happened with them, I wasn't vested. It is an original idea but Bumped was just not the book for me.
    Truly Bookish

  2. I guess I liked the characters. I think it was morbid curiosity though, that kept me interested, and will have me reading Thumped. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Yah I think I'm passing on this one. Great honest review.


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