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Review: ‘Bumped’ by Megan McCafferty

I received this book for free from borrowed from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Bumped’ by Megan McCaffertyBumped by Megan McCafferty
Series: Bumped #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 26th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 323
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
three-stars
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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review

Melody and Harmony are identical twins, both alike in appearance and so completely different in their personalities. Melody works with an agency that is matching her with a potential mate. Harmony believes in Goodside, the religious group that acts in the most traditional and straight forward ways. The complete opposite of what Melody’s life entails. When Harmony shows up at Melody’s doorstep unannounced, they realize they have more in common than they think. Two sisters, two different lives, will they each get what they want?

Group grope, masSEX parties, amateurs that turn into professional surrogates. My mind was spinning with the intense world building experience Megan McCaffertery took me. This life and society reminds me very much of Adolphus Huxley’s Brave New World’s setting. Similar orgies included. Except this one is for teens. Imagine all those hormones being able to manifest and develop. This is the world of Bumped where teens are most valued for their baby making bodies.

I found both the girls to be interesting characters. Both deal with problems in such a different way that I couldn’t help but like them in their individual thoughts and actions. Melody doesn’t think before she acts, and that usually lands her into trouble. On the other side, we have Harmony who happens to think about every action with God’s will of course, and she goes and does something immoral anyway. Reading from their two very different viewpoints was great. Their characters mature and grow at the end, and you can’t help but enjoy reading about their development. I wanted more from the plot. The story wasn’t as exciting as others, and I really wished there was more to go on then their adoptive story. Maybe Thumped will have a better story-line? Here’s to hoping!

Lots of laughs in this one, I’m loving the quotes I pulled in this book! Read this if you love dystopia and hot boys because there’s an abundance of love and humor in this one.

Characters
Lots of character growth and development.

Pacing/Length
It’s just right. Not too fast, or slow.

Cover/Design
Simplicity is key, and I love the cover. Straight to the point.

Plot
Not too exciting, I wanted a lot more.

Overall, it needed that extra push to make it an excellent book.


quotes

There’s nothing wrong with sex. God invented it, after all. If He didn’t want us to do it, He would have designed another way!
Just thinking about all the drama gets my tubes in a twist.
He’s got the fastest, strongest swimmers ever recorded!
Insufficient verticality must be a major bonerkiller.
With so many girls waiting to be bumped, just about any guy can get any ass anytime.
If you had something that could change people’s lives for the better, wouldn’t you want them to have it?

rating

3/5

three-stars

16 Comments

  1. Cali W.

    November 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Saw this book in the library and I like it so far, I like a little humor. <3

  2. Jun

    August 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    My friend enjoy this book. She said, she enjoy this rather than dystopian book that pick same theme.

    There is a minor mistake on “About: series” 🙂

  3. Diana Grace

    May 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Sounds like a good book to check out. Thanks for the review! 🙂

    – Diana @amalia_chartres

  4. Grace Lo

    April 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    To be honest, I was actually considerably young when I picked this up, and I was . . . somewhat scarred for life. It’s this amazing, but terrifying book of what may be considered the norm in the future. I also noticed how Melody and Harmony (ooh, cheesy names c: ) were like the two sides of a coin. Same, yet different, and the way their lives work together was really interesting, especially in the end with Harmony. Thanks for the review!

  5. Jaime Lester

    February 19, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Hmmm. This book. I have read a few reviews and people genuinely seem to like it. I might actually like it as well. But the plot is just plain……creepy. And not in the way that I like. I just don’t know that I could sit and read a boo where teens are participating in orgies and sex parties. I don’t know. One day I may give it a try, though. It seems like it might have enough humor in it to counteract the other stuff. We shall see. Thanks for the review!

  6. Alyssa Susanna

    February 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Wait. Is this is first in the series, or a sequel? You have “Article 5 #2” for your series section!

    I may check this one out! The weird cover that is an egg definitely already has my attention! I thought this one was a contemporary – but I love the sound of this book nonetheless!

    Great review!

  7. RIN

    February 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was both fun and thought-provoking. This and Thumped are definitely one of my favorite series. Sorry to hear you liked it, but didn’t love it.

  8. eli yanti

    February 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    sounds that the book has to be read 🙂

  9. Lisa Richards

    February 16, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    This is a series I that I’ve yet to start but it’s been in my TBR pile for awhile. Thanks for the reminder. I really need to drag it out.

  10. LisaILJ

    February 15, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I liked but didn’t love this one. I have been putting of reading Thumped, because I too hope that it was better than this one.

  11. Ella

    February 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Absolutely in love with how you do your reviews!!
    Definitely going to read this one, I had mixed feelings about it, but not anymore ^^

  12. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    February 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Hmmm…I’m still not sure this is a series that I’d like to pick up. Sounds like a pretty quick read but lacing in any sory of oomph factor.

  13. Lily

    February 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I read this one a few months back and while I don’t remember much what happened in this one I do remember thinking it was a pretty good read!
    Great Review Giselle!
    Lily

  14. may

    February 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I love the quotes. Sounds like a funny book.

  15. Coranne

    February 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    I assumed that Bumped was a contemp by the cover… I didnt realize it was a dystopian…. I think this needs to go in my tbr list!

  16. Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

    February 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I love the quotes you picked out… I sincerely just laughed out loud. 🙂 I’ve had this on my TBR list for a while. I’m glad you enjoyed it well enough.

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