Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Bumped (Bumped, #1)Title: Bumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release: April 26, 2011
Pages: 323
Series: Bumped #1
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.

Review:
This is a book that I have been meaning to get to for quite some time. When it initially came out there were a lot of mixed reviews, you either loved it or hated it. I finally dug into when HarperTeen announced their 10 eBooks for 99 cents deal, I couldn't resist the opportunity to finally get to read it. I read it fairly quickly, but when I had finished I was very disappointed with it. To start off, there was so much slang used that it really took away from the story because not much of it was explained to the reader. Another point that was not good for the story was the lack of parents or people who were against the teenage pregnancies, only those obsessed with making money off of them were featured. The story was a little too fast, not ever really getting into the details of things or the society, not providing the reader with necessary information. The book was set in two points of view, that of Harmony and Melody, the twins the story follows. I found both to be rather indecisive and never quite sticking to their beliefs. Overall I give Bumped a 2/5 for being a book that did not hook my attention very well at all.

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