Title: Bumped (Amazon, Goodreads)
Author: Megan McCafferty (Amazon, Goodreads, Website)
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Fiction
Format: Kindle E-Book
WHEN A VIRUS makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents must 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 search 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 convince Melody 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 pushed myself and managed to finish this one, but it was definitely a struggle. I can’t honestly recommend this book to anyone and I certainly wouldn’t consider it good for young adults. This country faces an enormous problem of teenage pregnancy and unplanned babies. Yes, I do understand the genre is dystopian, but I believe the message teens would come away with is more pro-teen pregnancy than not. It seems as though (Author) is heading in that direction in the sequel to this, but I will never know as I do not plan to read it or any other books by her for that matter. The writing itself isn’t horrible, but it’s filled with made up slang and it seems the only thing on the minds of these girls is sex and who is going to get pregnant.
(Author) does a good deal of development and change with the two main characters, but it’s not until the very last part of the book that you really see the dilemmas Melody and Harmony are facing. With the flipping back and forth between perspectives of two twins, it would have been beneficial for (Author) to make their names a little less interchangeable. I found it hard to remember which twin was narrating and there aren’t a lot of clues in the chapters to help.
Overall, the writing lacked some much-needed development, the characters needed to be more different from each other, and the overall story could have used a little more dystopian feel to it. This was much, much too bright and bubbly for a dystopian novel where teen pregnancy is a must due to a virus (more background on that would have helped the story as well) and the future of the human race is dependent on teens procreation before they are affected by the virus.