Sunday, April 17, 2011
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.