Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Summary: (from book jacket) When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic acid- infused food. Sixteen year old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody's doorstep. Up to now, the twins have have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way to short for the job. Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, 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 ever have imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.
Review: I liked this book. it took me a while to get into the story but once I did I was hooked. I thought the premise of the story is really interesting and was carried out pretty well. the way the society operated was very believable and I enjoyed learning more about this world as the novel progressed. The plot wasn't all that action packed and since I went into the story with one of the major plot points already known it wasn't very surprising. I liked the fact that the story switched between both girl's perspectives. I don't think the book would have been as good if readers only experienced one sisters story. Personally, I enjoyed Melody's story better. I thought Harmony was kind of annoying at times. I am excited that there is going to be a sequel because I thought this one ended a little too suddenly. I thought the characters in the novel were really easy to relate to as they struggled with finding their place in a society where teenage sex is as common as breathing. It was a pretty interesting story. my only real problem was the slow and unsurprising plot but the stroy overall held my attention.

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