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Bumped Hardcover – April 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.
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What do I think...?
Well, I'm very confused by this YA book. On the one hand, the writing is solid, the characters are excellently crafted, and the story is very compelling. I read this book very quickly because it was quite a page-turner, and I felt close to all of the characters. The *idea* of a virus affecting human reproduction was also interesting as was the *idea* of the futuristic world in which young women are viewed as brood mares.
But there are problems.
For one thing, the entire womb-cult is a stretch. In the book, young men and women run rampant, having sex at any possible opportunity in order to sell their babies to older couples who (because of the disease) are no longer fertile. But hasn't anyone heard of the terms 'sperm/egg donor' or 'in vitro fertilization'? It would have made much more sense for the younger generation to sell off their DNA rather than give away their babies. Sure, it makes for a more compelling story, but it doesn't ring true.
Secondly, the story moves at such a breakneck speed that it tends to become confusing. I had to re-read a few sections in order to figure out what was going on. This was less of an issue in the final third of the book, but at first, I wasn't sure if I could continue reading.
Finally, the story ends with a jolt. There is no denouncement which makes turning the last page is like slamming into a brick wall.
I certainly wouldn't give up on this author, but I simply can't give a better rating to this book.
The only reason that this book gets two stars is that it turns out to be a feminist novel that does have a good message - as a woman you CAN think for yourself, you ARE powerful... wait, let me find the quote.
"We are smart.
We are stunning
We are strong
We are everything we need to be."
A GREAT message for any teenage girl. But so poorly executed. This definitely is not a book for anyone under the age of about 14. It's like 'Oryx and Crake' meets 'Brave New World' without birth control. And with terrible writing. Which is so sad, because like I said the message is AWESOME.
8 May: About half-way done. Let me preface. I'm not a puritan, I'm not a prude, premarital sex - a must. I believe it's possible for (older) teenagers to have safe sex and understand what the possible consequences are.
BUT. This whole book is selling sex! It's ABOUT selling sex! Maybe my opinion is premature and there's some fabulous moral ending. We'll see.
Other than that, the writing is weak and uninspired, (really Melody and Harmony? Zen - the super nice super balanced guy? Gotcha.) I'll let you know the results tomorrow.
Megan McCafferty created a sort of utopian future where adults are infertile and teenagers try to get bumped (impregnated) for fame (if they go "pro") and fortune. Melody and Harmony are twin sisters who were separated at birth, they grew up under vastly different circumstances - Harmony in an overly strict and religious society called Goodside and Melody to well-off parents who are trying to sell her babies to the highest bidder. They managed to find each other after being separated for sixteen years and Harmony ventures out of her community to seek Melody, a decision that ends a bit comically.
The slang in Bumped is initially hard to follow, but after a few chapters I got use to it. The story switches back and forth form Melody to Harmony and I found Melody's voice a better read than Harmony, who, for the majority of the book, was very flat and uninteresting.
While Melody was a complex character, who was going through her own struggles about her life and its direction, Harmony just seemed a little two dimensional, and her disregard for her sister's life made her a disagreeable character in my mind. Her reaction to the situations that she found herself in were a bit unbelievable. Towards the end, Harmony finally becomes a character with a complex background and was somewhat interesting, however, because it took most of the book to get there I just didn't find myself caring much about her.
To be frank, I'm not sure whether this story had an agenda or was commentary on society. Is it talking about how easily we can disregard our bodies? Or how society can sometimes stress on perfection? Or how, following blindly in a religion can do more harm than good? If it was, then that was overwhelmed by the overall silliness of the situations. I ended up writing this off as a fluff read, neither loving nor disliking it, yet, I'm curious enough to see it's conclusion.
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It came highly recommended, as a sort of YA partner to The Handmaid’s Tale.Read more