Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Title: Bumped (Ama­zon, Goodreads)
Author: Megan McCaf­ferty (Ama­zon, Goodreads, Web­site)
Series: Bumped
Pub­lisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Fic­tion
For­mat: Kin­dle E-​​Book
Source: Net­Gal­ley


WHENVIRUS 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.

2 responses to “Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty”

  1. Amanda

    Inter­est­ing. I thought this one was fan­tas­tic, and a great dystopia cen­tered on the cap­i­tal­ist men­tal­ity of our coun­try. I could very well see teen preg­nancy becom­ing a comod­ity in a sit­u­a­tion like this, and I thought it was han­dled extremely real­isit­i­cally. It felt like our coun­try, which is more than I can say for most YA dystopias out there these days. I can’t wait to read the next volume.

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