Jun 1, 2011

Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

3.5 soft & spicy gingersnaps.

Cover Love: Yes! So simple and so effective.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I loved the synopsis so when I found it on NetGalley I was super excited to be approved for a copy. Here is the synopsis from Good Reads:
When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to 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 are searching 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 bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her 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 Kept Reading Because: The plot was intriguing and fast paced. Easy (and fun) to read.

Romance?: Yes! Two different ones that I really enjoyed.

What I Liked (& Didn't):
The chapters are short and alternate between each sister's voice. This made the book move along very quickly.

I loved the idea of "pro" breeders. The authors took the idea of the pro athletes of today and applied it to breeders. They get endorsements and are followed by paparazzis. It was really well done and fun to think about.

Both sisters have a good voice and are at a very coming of age time of life. They both have big changes they need to face. I really liked both of the girls.

One thing I didn't love was the future pop culture type speak that is used abundantly throughout the book. I understand why it was used and I think that a teen reader would really enjoy it, it just got a little old for me.

I found this futuristic world very interesting. It's not like there was things big huge change to our world type of event. Instead things are very different, but overall, the society seemed to reflect our current society. Very intriguing!

And it ended with a cliffhanger. I think that the next book will be great because a lot happened to both Harmony and Melody. I would like to see what happens to them next.

To Sum Up: A good read with a very interesting premise. And for all that the book is about sex, it is no way graphic. Might be too much for my middle school library, but I know several girls who would enjoy it now.

Egalley received from NetGalley and Balzer & Bray. Thanks!!


  1. Good review. I wondered what you'd think of this one. I told Wyatt part of the way through that I didn't think I could finish it, and then boom! I was hooked.

  2. I've heard so many good things about Bumped! Now that it's officially Milk and Cookies approved, I've got to read it :) Hope you're having fun on your trip!