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Bumped Paperback – April 24, 2012
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“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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The two main characters are twins, separated at birth, and at last finding eachother. Issue #1 that I have with the book is that each chapter is first person perspective, switching between each of the twins. This is incredibly annoying, and totally takes you out of the story.
In addition, both characters are extreamly flat, as in they have very little or no personality. The one sister is from a religous cult, and for the first bit talks extesively about God and Jesus, and Sin and everything else...which is the only bit of personality you get from either of the two characters. Then, when there is a climax in the book, there is so little lead up to it you are kind-of left wondering where the hell it came from.."oh, one minute you think this, and the next you completely change your mind and think this other thing? Great" . No. Not great.
All in all it was a HUGE disappointment. The book has so much potential, but it just falls flat.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is wild in a mostly good way! I liked the authors world building but I felt like the story ended too quickly. Worth the readPublished 2 months ago by MegCan
I had great expectations for Megan McCafferty’s Bumped.
It came highly recommended, as a sort of YA partner to The Handmaid’s Tale. Read more
This is an incredibly uncomfortable book so full of drastic stereotypes and innuendo that I would be embarrassed to allow my daughter to read it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
smart, intelligent, with so much flexibility in expressions, the choice of words, phrases; cute, spontaneous; just a delight to consume it, as a reader. thanks very much!!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by DAN FISHER
This book was a huge disappointment and I was thrilled when it was over. In theory it sounded interesting, but there was no character development or plot which made it hard to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Grace Malato
My book came with some sticker marks on the front cover and back covers. It has no scribbling or writing on pages which is very good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sarah Lynn
Everything about this book is cheesy and ridiculous. Melody and Harmony, identical twins separated at birth only to meet later on. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tabi
Um, what did I just read? I’m still not even sure. This book was definitely different, but I don’t think it was in a good way. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mariko