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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1st Edition/ 1st Printing edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061962745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061962745
  • ASIN: 0061962740
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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I also really like the characters Zen and Melody.
The Flashlight Reader
I really don't mind this in a book, I like thinking, but some important things weren't said and at some points I was thinking "WHAT!?!"
Victoria Puglia Pujol
Its a commentary on how awful society has become in this future, that they would base their economy off babies and teenage pregnancy.
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64 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2011
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What happens when adults become infertile. When sex-ed is taught in schools to encourage kids to have unprotected sex. When giving birth in middle school increases your chances of getting into the right college. When being 16 and pregnant makes you the most important person in the world.

This is the America--in the not so distant future--where identical twins Melody and Harmony grow up. Separated at birth, Melody is taken in by a wealthy New Jersey family while Harmony is raised in a Pennsylvania compound by the Church. Melody's parents want to give her every advantage in life, including a top-paying birthing contract that will allow her to attend the best schools, have all the money she will ever need, and make her the most popular girl in the world. But Harmony is raised to get married, bare children and rear them to serve God. Both are prized for their purity, and neither is quite ready to get bumped. And then they meet.

Sounds like a great premise, right? It has drama, sex, conspiracy, religion--all the elements for a really good action-thriller. But it's all slightly misleading. A throw-back to Margret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale set in the consumer-driven world created by Scott Westerfeld in Uglies Trilogy, this book struggles to get off the ground. I spent the first 20 pages confused, the next 60 pages a little offended and the end totally frustrated.

The biggest problem is that Melody's character is over-developed while Harmony's totally flat.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 13, 2011
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I had a hard time writing a review for Bumped. It's one of those books you finish, and then you just aren't sure how you feel.
Whenever these dystopian novels get into the territory of young girls "breeding" it makes me squirm. What is so different about Bumped is that the young girls in question are enthusiastic participants in being "bumped". There is a virus that makes it impossible for anyone over 18 unable to reproduce, so teens are a hot commodity for older couples. They pay teens to be surrogates to keep up with the decline in population.
Not only is teen pregnancy no longer taboo - it is encouraged and celebrated. No condoms allowed. Ads play songs with lyrics like " You're knocked up. Ready to pop. Due to drop" Young girls wear FunBumps so they can feel the joy of being pregnant until they really are. You can make quite a bit of money and most of the teenagers try to ride the wave while they are young enough to get enough money for college.
The story focuses on two twin sisters separated at birth who have just found each other. Melody has been raised to be the perfect baby making machine for the elite couples in society. Her parents provide her with the best education, the best activities & training to keep her in tip top breeding shape. She is a Repro that will get top dollar once her cock-jockey is chosen. Yup - I said cock-jockey....more on the lingo later.
Harmony is the twin that has been raised by an ultra conservative church family. Her mission in life is to spread the Word and save Melody and all the other Repros from their fate. She believes in procreation through marriage which all sounds fantastic but this is a world that is every bit as controlling and brainwashing as Melody's.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. J. Chambers on May 8, 2011
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Okay, prepare yourself for rambling and gushing, because this is the best. Megan. McCafferty. Book. Ever. Seriously. Find it. Read it. Do it now!!!

A gander at the Amazon reviews shows that most people do not agree with me. The reviews are quite a bell curve, with the middle ranks getting the bulk of the love. I attribute this to three things. A) Most people are not like me. That is, they do not devour with equal excitement both Gossip Girl and Feed. They do not consider Les Liaisons dangereuses on equal literary merit with 1984. I don't have a really crazy, active girly side, but I do have a girly side. Okay, no, maybe it's just that I really like stories about people behaving badly, whether they're behaving badly socially or behaving badly morally. Anyway, I get that I'm in the minority. B) People who are reading this books are coming either from the dystopian camp or from the McCafferty fangirl camp, and they're both feeling disappointed, because this book is a beautiful meshing of both. C) People are not very good at reading against the narrator of the story, and can't tell that McCafferty is skillfully arguing against the viewpoints of both of her protagonists by presenting what each girl thinks exactly the way that girl would think it. In other words, she doesn't go out of her way to make these girls look clueless. You, as the reader, have to do that work yourself. Maybe a better way to state this is that the readers are recognizing that the girls are clueless, but for some unknown reason, are translating their dislike of the protagonists' viewpoints into a dislike of the book in general. Which I don't understand, because it's one of the reasons the book is so freaking brilliant!!

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