The Compulsive Reader: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

In a futuristic world where only those under eighteen can conceive, Melody has the perfect life. She's sixteen, rich, popular, and she has one of the best conception contracts with a wealthy couple. Now, all she's waiting for is for the couple to choose a guy for her to bump with. But then, her long-lost twin sister Harmony shows up on her doorstep. Harmony was raised in Goodside, a religious community that believes paid conception is wrong, and Harmony is determined to convince her sister to break her contract. Melody is less than welcoming, but things get even more complicated when the girls mistakenly switch places, forcing them to decide what they truly believe in once and for all.

There are a lot of things about Bumped that make it engaging and realistic. McCafferty does an excellent job at bringing the culture of this future United States alive. Girls everywhere look forward to being pregnant by sixteen, consumers glamorize pregnancy, and maternity clothes are in. There is a wide vocabulary of slang words (that tend to be slightly crass by today’s standards) to compliment this, which makes the book slightly confusing at first, but the reader will be able to pick up on them quickly. While she does do a good job at setting the stage for the book, it would have been interesting if McCafferty could have provided more background info on virus that renders adults infertile, and the effects of it early on. However, the story moves at a good pace, bouncing back and forth between the twins' points of view. Each sister changes quite a bit throughout the course of the book as the girls are forced to examine everything they have been taught to believe in and decide to embrace or reject it. McCafferty also tackles religion in Bumped, which plays a large role in the story. Some readers might not like the way she bends it to fit the plot, but it's an interesting element and provides room for plenty of thought and conflict between the characters. It's hard to get past the idea of parents pimping out their teenagers for the sake of continuing humanity, but McCafferty has written a book that will be thought-provoking and incite many discussions and debates.

Cover Comments: I like the egg on the cover. It hints at the book's content without being too explicit or blatant, and I like how the shot with the shadows are at the very front. The gray areas are very indicative of the struggles in this book. This is a great cover.

Bumped will be available on April 26th, 2011.

ARC provided by publisher.


Sarah Lydia said...

I also really liked Bumped. It was very interesting to learn about all the slang, religion, and the like in the world McCafferty created. But, like you, I found it to be a bit slow. Great Review!

The Social Frog said...

This book sounds interesting and is now on my TBR wishlist.

ivanova said...

Sounds really good, just put it on hold at the library!

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Yup, I just added it to my TBR pile too!