BUMPED by Megan McCafferty
Series Book 1 in Bumped series (book 2, THUMPED due out April 24)
Summary taken from Goodreads...
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
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.
My Review: 4/5 .
I found the premise of this book interesting. Living in a future where adults are unable to conceive and so they turn to teenagers. Teenagers, being, well, teenagers, then view pregnancy as a boost to their popularity status. They even sport fake baby bumps as accessories to their fashion. I began the book with an open mind, having read the summary and knowing it was going to be at least mildly offensive to me at some point. Still, I spent a better part of the book slack-jawed and brow furrowed. The story follows twin sisters who have had entirely different upbringings. One was raised in a modern society where it's cool to be 16 and pregnant. She's landed a contract with a couple who will pay for everything, including college. But, this involves getting pregnant by someone they pick out for her, cause they want genetically-specific characteristics in their baby. The other sister is raised by a religious group that come off as zealots. Their practices are extreme (e.g. they make women wear veils and be completely covered in public, things like that). They're at the other end of the spectrum.
Though I liked this book, there were several things that prevented me from really loving it. I would've liked it better were it not for several offenses. First offense was the lingo. It was, for lack of a better word, stupid. They said things like "bumped", "bumptastic" and "breedy bits" constantly. I realize the author was trying to emphasize the different day and age and with pregnancy being such a popular thing the lingo was part of the setup. But, it only managed to annoy me. I spent too much time trying to decipher what the words meant. Second offense was the portrayal of religious people. It seemed, in my opinion, that people were either religious fanatics or modern-minded (thinking that teens getting pregnant for profit was an acceptable thing to do). There are 3 characters I would file under both, but that doesn't equate to normal. I don't think I can go into further detail without spoilers, so I won't. Third offense, how annoying the characters were. Exception to offenses 2 and 3 is given to the character of Zen, best friend to one of the twins. But I think it's only because he didn't fall into the genetically-desired status and was viewed as a reproductive reject. If he had been a reproductively viable partner would he have been just like the rest of them? Who knows?
I would've given this book a 3/5 rating, but I threw in the extra rating point because the book made me think. It trivialized things that are very important to me and I rolled my eyes more than once, but it also gave me another outlook to consider. One that I never would've had without reading this book. I don't mind being exposed to a different way of thinking or viewing things, so I welcomed that. This book was creative and controversial. I haven't read another book quite like this one and I place value on that.