BUMPED by Megan McCafferty
Series: Bumped #1
HarperCollins: Balzer + Bray
Released: April 26, 2011
Page Count: 323
Rating: Loved it!
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've never read Megan McCafferty's other series, so I have no preconceptions about her writing. All I know is that I loved this book! I'd been waiting for this book for the longest time but still had no idea just how much I'd love it.
I've read some negative reviews of Bumped and want to address the main points that these reviews seem to have in common.
1. Yes, some of the slang was difficult to get used to, but you'll know what it all means by the time you've finished the first section. If you can wade through that, you'll get it later on. The "futurespeak" is there for a reason, not just to annoy you.
2. The messages from both Melody's and Harmony's sides feel a little heavy-handed at times, but that was the point of the book - society is brow-beaten with these messages 24/7 and never given a chance to find a happy medium somewhere in the middle.
Other things I loved:
1. Reading about the twins' separate but parallel journeys of self-discovery. Each twin had something to learn, and they probably wouldn't have been able to learn it without the other. It's hard for each of them to admit, but they need each other.
2. That the story was told in alternating chapters. Normally that's not something I can read easily, but each chapter title was the name of a character, making it quite easy to follow.
3. Shock value. Normally I don't go for this, but in this dystopian world it was necessary to shock Melody into realizing that the way she's been raised to see the world isn't the way she actually feels about it.
It's going to be a long and agonizing wait for book two!