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Bumped Hardcover – Apr 26 2011
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“McCafferty proves that— dystopias don’t have to be dreary to be provocative.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Bumped has plenty to say about reproductive rights and girls’ place in society.” (ALA Booklist)
“Bumped is wonderfully original, with an extremely well thought-out dystopian society...McCafferty’s future echoes just enough of current events to seem chillingly possible.” (Romantic Times)
“Its central characters become voices of reason while everyone around them acts content with their questionable circumstances.” (MTV.com's Page Turners blog)
“BUMPED is brilliant, innovative, and slightly terrifying. Megan McCafferty delivers!” (Carolyn Mackler, author of TANGLED and the Printz-Honor-book, THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS)
“Megan McCafferty has conceived a hilarious, touching, truly original novel, told in her trademark, spot-on voice. Readers of every age will delight in this new arrival.” (Rachel Cohn, bestselling author of NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST)
About the Author
Megan McCafferty is the author of Bumped as well as the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series, which includes Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, and Perfect Fifths. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her family.
Top Customer Reviews
The introduction of Harmony adds more complication with the story, but also gives an interesting dimension to it. Although she's raised in a very strict religious upbringing, it didn't seem to suit her, and it's only when she's out of it that she comes out of her shell. Her actions even surprise herself, but she also learns a lot on the way as well.
The plot overall was good, although a little slow to start. We're not quite sure what's about to happen, but through the second half of the book it does pick up the pace and gets more interesting as the book progresses. Character development is really good, especially on Melody and Harmony. I preferred reading about Melody, and I thought it was more of an eye opener.
The ending does leave it open to a sequel, and I am interested on how this story develops. Despite the slow pace in the beginning, I say stick with it as the latter half gets much more interesting. It's an interesting world, one with a good amount of humor to keep the reader entertained. Although it does have a lot of dystopia characteristics, the humor in this book gives the setting a whole different side. It's certainly refreshing and different to see. Do give this book a try, it's certainly worth a look see.
Picture a world where a virus has rendered everyone over the age of 18 infertile. What are married couples supposed to do if they want children? That's right! Hire a surrogate.
In this world there are Professional Surrogates who enter into strict contracts with couples to provide them a baby. These surrogates are required to Bump in order to get pregnant - it's strictly business. The boy and girl will probably be total strangers and most likely never see each other again after the pregnancy test shows a positive result. These surrogates are chosen strictly for their genetic and physical traits.
Some girls are Amateur Surrogates - not quite good enough to make it Pro. They Bump with anyone they want and then hope to find a couple willing to purchase the offspring.
Melody and Harmony are identical twins who were separated at birth. At 16, they were able to look into their birth records and found each other.
Melody, a Pro Surrogate, was less than thrilled to find there was someone in the world exactly like her. It hurts her chances in business. Now, she can't be promoted by her agent as unique.
Harmony couldn't be happier to have found Melody. As someone who is neither Amateur nor Pro, she looks forward to preaching to Melody about God and hopefully prevent her from living a life of a sinning surrogate.
Megan McCafferty does an excellent job building this futuristic dystopian world. The word play alone is enjoyable. The media bombards these young tweens and teens with advertisements, clothing, and music encouraging drug use in order to help them relax. Condoms have been outlawed, and the term "baby" is considered a nasty word because it encourages affection for the Bump.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
A little more YA fiction-y than I would have liked, but not a bad story for the right age group.Published on Feb. 13 2014 by Laylaa
I found the characters to be a lot more engaging than some reviews suggest. I didn't find it all all difficult to immerse myself in the world the novel presents. Read morePublished on April 5 2013 by Lucy N.
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