Monday, April 18, 2011
Review - Bumped by Megan McCafferty
**Review copy provided by publisher
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.
Bumped is one of those books that has you utterly confused about it after you have finished it. On one hand, it was interesting enough to want to keep reading, but on the other, I just can't say that I truly liked it. The plot was truly awesome, very dystopian-y. The dialogue is what left alot to be desired. I have never in my life seen so many references to sex, bodily fluids, and body parts in my life. Also, "preggalicious", "rilly (really)", and "for seriously"? Are we in 6th grade again? It also makes me wonder if this is glorifying teen pregnancy in a way? Some parts of this book had me cracking smiles, but yet other parts had me rolling my eyes saying "did she really just write that?" I definitley don't think this is a bad book, but I don't know if I would recommend it either. It's very controversial, which I'm all for, and for the most part I enjoyed it. Anyone else think this book is 2.5 seconds away from being on the banned list?
3 out of 5 stars