Book Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Posted January 24, 2012 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Goodreads Blurb: 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 New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.
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The first words to my fiancée after reading this were, “That was the oddest thing I think I’ve ever read.”
Bumped takes place in 2035, and follows the story of two girls that happen to be identical twins.   When I first started reading this dystopian novel, I almost put it down to come back to later or not even finish at all.  But I am glad I finished it.  The vocabulary in this book is probably the most confusing thing while reading.  It took me a while in some sentences to get the tone of the word they were using.  It is also hard to differentiate which twin is telling the story at times.  Each chapter alternates between Melody and Harmony.
There are a lot of religious references in the novel, but don’t let that keep you from reading this. Typical of every dystopian, the characters have to decide if they are going to keep following what society is telling them to do or if they are going to rebel.
I rated it 3/5.  The storyline was great, but the vocabulary was bordering annoying.
Happy reading, and remember you can’t pregg without the egg.
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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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