Monday, June 13, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Summary Provided by 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.

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.

My Thoughts:
Alright, WOW! I was not expecting that at all! This book is awesome! Because Bumped was so good, I now have to read the entire Jessica Darling series, like right now!

Set in a not-so distant future (2035 to be exact), a virus has left everyone over the age of 18 unable to have children. To keep the population going, teen pregnancy is not only accepted, it’s encouraged! Pre-teens wear shirts that say “Born to Breed” and try on fake baby bumps at the store. Condoms are illegal and the more babies a girl can have, or the more times she “bumps” with a guy, the better off financially she will be.

Bumped is told in the duel-POV of Melody and her identical twin sister, Harmony. Melody, unlike all of her friends, has never bumped before. She is signed up with an agency that finds the perfect match for her to bump with and also finds the couple willing to pay the most. She is getting stressed because she is already 16 and her prime baby making years is already over. Harmony on the other hand grew up in a sheltered, religious community. Young boys and girls are pared off together to start a family that can best serve the church and God. There is a lot more to Melody and Harmony that meets the eye. Both characters will surprise you. I enjoyed both Melody and Harmony and liked seeing them grow as people and figure out who they really are.

While reading Bumped, it was so strange to think that this is happening only about 20 years into the future.  I can imagine a society like this hundreds of years from now, but not twenty. It was just crazy too me. When they talk about the old people, they are essentially referring to my generation! Crazy!

Overall, I loved, loved, loved this book! McCafferty left us with a pretty heavy cliffhanger and I can not wait to read the sequel! 


  1. I've heard mixed reviews about Bumped but I'm glad to see you enjoyed it. Did you find it odd to have a youth culture based so heavily on "breeding"?

    The Word Fiend

  2. I love that you liked this book so much because I cant wait to read it myself! :D

  3. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I've been really hesitant to actually read it, but I'll have to get to it soon.

  4. From the sounds of this book I think I'm going to love it. I seriously can't wait to finally pick it up!


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