Friday 14 March 2014

Review: Bumped (Bumped #1) by Megan McCafferty

8517207Title: Bumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 323
Series: Bumped #1
Where I Got It: Library

Synopsis: 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.
Megan McCafferty
Megan McCaffertyJessica Darling’s IT List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness and Perfection is the first in a new middle grade series on sale now. Megan McCafferty is also the New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series for teens and adults, Bumped and Thumped. Her work has received honors from the ALA and the NYPL and has been translated into eleven languages, including Chinese, German and Indonesian. Megan is a Princeton University Community Fellow for Mathey College.
I read this book on March 14th 2014.

A look into a future that is very realistic, it's scary.

Melody and Harmony are identical twins. In Melody's village woman under 18 are supported and encouraged to pregg. In Harmony's village, she lives in a very church based place where pregging is not encouraged. Harmony comes to Melody's village and wants to get Melody to come back to her village with her but decides she likes Melody's village afterward.

On to the boys. Jondoe was... interesting. I mean, he was sweet and all and I would probably date him myself, but I definitely prefer Zen much more. Zen was so hot, perfect. I have a twin myself, and between the twins I liked Melody better, maybe because I was more like her. I liked Zen better than Jondoe but still liked Jondoe. However, Zen seemed more rebellious, and therefore made him more swoon worthy to me.

The story line was set up great and has a scary twist in it where people become infertile after they turn 18. It seemed so real, it was scary. The author did a great job writing the story and making it very believable.

Grade: 10 and up
Ages: 15+

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