Release Date: April 26, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher & NetGalley
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.
I’m not sure where to begin with this review. I think I will start out with my only complaint. Might as well get it out of the way, because I loved the rest of Bumped! My one issue is that it was Confusing! (With a capital C) But once I got used to the slang and the strange new world I had no problems with it what so ever! By at least 50 pages in I wasn’t lost anymore. So please, if you find it confusing in the beginning, stick with it! It’s worth it in the end.
I discovered Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series recently, and I fell head over heels for them! But, be warned Bumped is nothing like those books! Just because you love one doesn’t mean you will love the other. This book is all about the extreme end of things. Melody and Harmony both represent a different side. Melody has been raised and conditioned all her life to be a pro, to make babies for other people for money. Harmony has been raised in a fanatical religious community where getting married at 13 is the norm. They are two completely different girls, but at the same time they are suffering from the same kind of pressure and influence from their elders.
I’m not going to talk about my likes or dislikes of each girl, like I normally would. Partly because I liked both of them, but mostly because the girls themselves aren’t what stands out in this book. It’s the situations they are in, and the strange world that is so normal to them. I think that a lot of people will either love or hate this book. It deals subtly and not so subtly with issues that push people’s buttons. I think a lot of parents are going to take offense to this book. There will be shouts of ‘This book supports teen pregnancy!’ but if you have a brain at all you will clearly see that it does the exact opposite.
I ask that you read Bumped and see for yourself which side you will fall on. The love side or the hate side. Even if you dislike it I guarantee that it will be unlike any book you have ever read before and it will definitely give you some things to think about.
My review of the sequel, Thumped by Megan McCafferty.