Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Review: Bumped

Pub: 4/26/11
SYNOPSIS: 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.
4 out of 5

My Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty is a book that people will love, or hate. The concept is very bizarre, and extremely controversial. I wonder how many parents will try to have this book banned from school libraries. Why, you say? Well, Bumped is a book about teenagers seeking to be impregnated. Yeah, that is what parents love!

When I first read the synopsis, I laughed and said “no way” but then I decided to give it a chance and read it. Megan McCafferty is an author I always hear wonderful things about, so I wanted to give her a chance, and I’m glad I did. Bumped is truly one of a kind. No other book has quite the quirk and spunk that this one does, right now, in my opinion.

Take two completely opposite characters, who happen to be long lost identical twins, and throw them together. What happens next is an uproar of hilarity and new word phrases. One twin is from Goodside, the over-the-top religious do-gooder (cult like) town. The other twin has just scored the enviable conception contract all the girls wish they could have. Toss these two together and Bumped is a “bumpy” rollercoaster ride.

Harmony, the one from Goodside, shows up at Melody’s door in hopes of saving her sister’s soul and bringing her back to Goodside with her. Melody, well she wants nothing more than for Harmony to go back and never return. At first, I found Melody’s selfish attitude to be too overbearing. I really, really disliked her most of the book. I found her personality one dimensional, probably because she only thought of herself, and downright irritating. On the other hand, Harmony’s personality was just as irritating. Her fanatical ways of sticking her religious views in everybody’s faces was beyond belief. Every chance she got she was preaching her ways, and only her beliefs were right. I loved them, and hated them at times.

Love will win out because McCafferty cleverly crafted a story that questions just about everything. When you take two girls who each have enormous pressures to do the right thing, and both of them believing theirs is the ultimate right, how do you decide? This book is all about “bumping” out what government, society, parents, friends, and anyone else says is the right thing; and instead doing what they feel is right for them. 

Melody and Harmony throughout Bumped had to learn the hard way about doing what was best for them. From A to Z, their journeys were hilarious to read about. Sure, they were overwhelming at times but in the end, you have to love them. I know I did! McCafferty’s silly new-age wording will crack the readers up. It took me a few chapters to catch on to this new language, but I loved it in the end. I walked around my house days after talking like these characters.

Bumped is the first in a two-book Dystopia set, so be warned that there is a cliff-hanger! Go out and get a copy, “for seriously!”

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1 comment:

  1. Yeah, I'll be it's banned pretty quickly. But I think it's a very interesting world set-up.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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