Bumped

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A virus has swept the world, making everyone over the age of eighteen infertile. Teenagers are now the most prized members of society, and would-be parents desperately bid for "conception contracts" with the prettiest, healthiest, and smartest girls—cash, college tuition, and liposuction in exchange for a baby.

Sixteen-year-old Melody has scored a record-breaking contract with a rich couple. And she's been ...

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Overview

A virus has swept the world, making everyone over the age of eighteen infertile. Teenagers are now the most prized members of society, and would-be parents desperately bid for "conception contracts" with the prettiest, healthiest, and smartest girls—cash, college tuition, and liposuction in exchange for a baby.

Sixteen-year-old Melody has scored a record-breaking contract with a rich couple. And she's been matched with one of the hottest "bumping" partners in the world—the genetically flawless Jondoe.

But her luck is about to run out.

She discovers she has a sister—an identical twin. Harmony has grown up in a strict religious community and believes her calling is to save Melody from her sinful intentions. All Melody wants is to meet Jondoe and seal the deal—but when a case of mistaken identity destroys everyone's carefully laid plans, Melody and Harmony realize they have much more than DNA in common.

Sharp, funny, and thought-provoking, this futuristic take on teen pregnancy is compellingly readable and scarily believable.

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Editorial Reviews

Carolyn Mackler
“BUMPED is brilliant, innovative, and slightly terrifying. Megan McCafferty delivers!”
Rachel Cohn
“Megan McCafferty has conceived a hilarious, touching, truly original novel, told in her trademark, spot-on voice. Readers of every age will delight in this new arrival.”
ALA Booklist
“Bumped has plenty to say about reproductive rights and girls’ place in society.”
MTV.com's Page Turners blog
“Its central characters become voices of reason while everyone around them acts content with their questionable circumstances.”
Romantic Times
“Bumped is wonderfully original, with an extremely well thought-out dystopian society...McCafferty’s future echoes just enough of current events to seem chillingly possible.”
Publishers Weekly
McCafferty proves that dystopias don't have to be dreary to be provocative. A virus has left everyone over the age of 18 unable to procreate, making teenagers the only viable "breeders" and spawning a pregnancy-obsessed future society. Chapters alternate between the perspectives of two 16-year-old twins, separated at birth: deeply religious Harmony, raised in god-fearing, vaguely Amish "Goodside," and Melody, whose adoptive parents have been crafting her into the perfect Reproduction Professional or RePro, sought by wealthy, barren couples. McCafferty (the Jessica Darling series) has enormous fun in her first YA novel: tweens, aka "nubie-pubies," try on Preggerz FunBumps, designed to mimic pregnancy; expectant teens munch on Folato Chips for folic acid boosts; and slang like "fertilicious," "terminal," and "barren" is used with abandon. Yet she also raises challenging questions about individuality and morality. There's a predictable though entertaining identity switch, and readers must wait until the next book to learn if these girls end up with the lives (and guys) they want. The book's carefree sexuality and exploitation makes it uncomfortable, scandalous, and not easily forgotten—there's little doubt that's exactly what McCafferty is going for. Ages 14–up. (May)
Booklist
After an inexplicable virus renders anyone 18 years and older infertile, bumping, the practice of arranging pregnancies with teen surrogates, becomes a big business. Sixteen-year-olds Melody and Harmony, identical twins separated at birth, couldn't be more different from each other. Melody has one of the most talked about bumping contracts, but she is reluctant to fulfill it, even when her bumping agent arranges for a notoriously hot stud to impregnate her. Harmony, raised in the super-religious community of Goodside, is dead set on preventing Melody from "bumping" for profit, but she is also wrestling with conflicting thoughts about faith, love, and marriage. Like Julia Karr's XVI (2011), Bumped has plenty to say about reproductive rights and girls' place in society, but McCafferty's touch is a bit lighter. McCafferty sometimes dodges terrifying truths, such as the implications of teens who sell their babies on an auction block, but she will likely develop these ethical and moral dilemmas in the planned sequel. — Courtney Jones
VOYA - Jessica Skaggs
In a futuristic world where a virus makes those ages eighteen and older infertile, teens are the only hope the society has in procreating. Teens are encouraged to view pregnancy, getting bumped, as a job from which they can greatly profit. Seventeen-year-old identical twins, Melody and Harmony, separated at birth, were raised in completely opposite environments. Melody knows her goal in life is to make top dollar in a conception contract. Harmony, a God-loving teen, views conception as a sacred act between married people. When Harmony enters Melody's life, hoping to encourage her to live religiously, both teens think they know what they want out of life. Both teens quickly realize their strongly-held beliefs will be turned upside down. Melody no longer wants to conceive just for profit and Harmony understands that questioning her religion is not necessarily a bad thing. Both learn to live their lives for themselves, not to please others. Bumped starts off slowly, and when terms specific to the fictional world are used, they are not defined, confusing readers and breaking up the flow of the story line. The teens' voices are forced and unnatural, making the characters unrealistic. Although suspense begins to grow during the latter part of the story, the conflicts and resolutions are solved too quickly and are underdeveloped. Profanity, sexual content, and drug use are included. Rather than moving the plot along, they deter from the story and feel over the top. With the wide range of dystopian novels currently being published, Bumped does not stand out from the crowd. Reviewer: Jessica Skaggs
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In the near future, a virus renders almost everyone over the age of 18 infertile. Teen pregnancies are not only acceptable, but also vital to humanity's survival. Sixteen-year-old Melody and her parents, like many others, have decided to go pro with her fertility. She has an agent, Lib, who has secured her a deal including a six-figure payday, full college tuition, a car, and a postpartum tummy tuck. Not everything is perfect, though. Melody is still waiting for Lib to find the perfect match for her, someone the prospective parents, the Jaydens, will accept, and her clock is ticking. To top things off, Melody has just learned that she has a twin. Harmony, who was raised in a religious commune away from the temptations of the world, shows up unexpectedly. If her existence becomes known, then Melody's DNA will no longer be unique and her value will plummet. Of course, Lib coincidentally comes up with Jondoe, the most prestigious "man brand" of them all, the Jaydens approve of him, and mistaken identity ensues. McCafferty has concocted a world that is dystopia-lite. Something horrible has happened, but life for most teens is still carefree. Everyone can access MiNet via contact lenses, the pleasure drug Tocin is readily available, and sex is encouraged. The author even slips some serious issues into this hip novel.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061962752
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 323
  • Sales rank: 195,414
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan McCafferty

Megan McCafferty is the author of Bumped as well as the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series, which includes Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, and Perfect Fifths. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

    Disappointing...

    Ok, I want to start off by saying that the summary of this book really intrigued me, especially the author's note on how much society is focusing on teen girls getting pregnant and almost making it seem "cool". For example, shows like Teen Mom and the teens on those shows always seem to be making headlines in gossip magazines. This glamorizing of teen moms really bothers me at times, so I felt that this book would be right up my alley.

    I must say, I was really let down by Bumped. The beginning of the story starts off kind of slow and jargon/terminology for this specific book/futuristic world are given, but not defined. This left me confused and broke up the flow of the book. In addition, the beginning of the book explains that one of the main characters, Melody, is pregnant. Yet, approximately 15-20 pages later readers find out she's not, that she was wearing a fake pregnant belly that lets one see how it would feel to be pregnant. Once again, I was left confused and actually restarted the book to see if maybe I had missed something. This choppiness just kept throwing off the flow and pacing of the book.

    Another reason I did not really enjoy Bumped is because the "teens' voices" in the book seem forced and unnatural, ultimately making them seem unrealistic. This being the author's first official teen fiction novel left me feeling like she was trying a little too hard to sound like a teen. Although I was able to get through the unnatural teens' voices, it just brought the book down a level. As the storyline of Bumped moved along, especially towards the latter part of it, suspense and tension grew. I finally started getting more excited and interested to know what was going to happen next. I started reading the pages quicker and thought maybe I had been misjudging the book all along. Yet, I was disappointed again by how quickly the conflicts were solved, which made them underdeveloped. Sure, the suspense grew, but ultimately, the quick resolutions had me disappointed.

    I am not one to not enjoy and/or not recommend books that include sexual content, drug use, or profanity, especially if they help move the storyline along. However, in Bumped all of these were included and were used in an over the top way. I thought some of this type of content could have been removed without changing the intent of the book itself. In the end, Bumped did not stand up to my expectations. The writing was poorly done and felt forced, the characters were unrealistic, and although parts of the storyline increased my interest in the book, the conflicts were too easily solved. I do think there will be a high interest in Bumped when it is released, but with the vast array of dystopian novels being published, I don't think one stands out from the crowd.

    89 out of 105 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    Dissapointed :/

    I'm an avid reader. I love to read anything and everything, so I figured I should check out and read this new novel! I was dissapointed, this book did not hold my attention at all. And I personally found it all so confusing ( it was set in like 2036 or something...) I like Megan Mccafferty, I read her Sloppy Firsts books series and loved them. But just this was terrible and I personaly wouldn't recommend it.

    31 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Unique plot, great writing. keeps you entertained

    24 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    Okay

    I expected a lot more from this book that was not delivered. The story idea was very interesting, but as what happens with many unclaimed authors, the writing was not as good as the idea. Megan had the right idea, but the wrong writing style. For example, not explaining this whole confusing world of how these "surrogates" and the disease work really takes away from the story because half the time the reader is trying to piece a puzzle together with many, many, MANY, missing pieces. Overall the book was not worth the money, but if you are looking for an interesting story with mediocre writing and a confusing story timeline, this book is for you!

    22 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    DoNotRecommend

    This book doesn't even deserve a one star. It keeps on getting off topic and doesn't make any sense. The book is all about pregnancy and how apperantly it is cool to be pregnant as a teen. It is not cool and the book absoulutely stinks. It was 0.99 and I wasted every penny. Do not get this book.

    10 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Eh...

    The concept of this book intrigued me, but the actual content was disapointing at large.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Love this book!

    It grabbed and held my attention from the very begining until the end and i cant wait for the second book. I would recomend this book to anyone!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Very Different from McCafferty's Usual Books

    After reading Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series, I was eager to read more by her. Therefore, when Bumped, her new dystopian, landed in my hands, I was excited beyond words. Luckily enough, Megan has made her "official" YA debut with a quite the bang, as Bumped is compelling, enthralling, and full of twists and turns that will leave nearly any reader on the edge of their seat, dying to know what will happen next.

    The main aspect that originally drew me to Bumped was the premise. The idea of teenagers completely embracing the idea of pregnancy and all the wealth and power it brought them seemed startling yet something that could unquestionably happen in the future. The execution turned out to be purely brilliant, because not only did Megan McCafferty fully flesh out this idea, but also she brought so much than just that to the table. You see, Bumped is so much more than just a "teen pregnancy" novel; instead, it is a book about embracing yourself, overcoming society's perceptions on how you should or should not be. It is about being strong when all you want is to be a weak fledging, about becoming the best person you can be- someone you admire as well as like- and that makes it all the more valuable, in my opinion.

    Tying into this, the main characters in Bumped were the ones fighting these standards of this dystopian society. For one, there's Harmony, a girl whose always lived in a world where signing a fertility contract a must have, but the thing is Harmony doesn't really want this. She wants to be able to date her best friend/crush; more importantly, she wants to be normal, making her relatable to the fullest potential. Then, there was Melody, her twin sister. She's a girl who has grown up in Godside where religion is everything. Nerveless, just like Harmony, Melody wants so much more than what she's given. However, what I loved most about these characters was that they were average- they made mistakes, but they learned from them; they did not know where they were going or whom they wanted, but they knew they would find out eventually; they were bratty and annoying at times, but who is not? Their imperfections are what made them perfect in my eyes, and I think most others will agree with me on this.

    I also have to add that I loved the secondary characters in this. From Zen to Jondoe, nearly all secondary characters were developed fully to bring not only more heart to the novel but some big laughs as well.

    Lastly, Megan McCafferty's writing and world building in this is simply fabulous. Her writing truly captured the voice of a teen as well as brought the world and its characters to life. However, I have to admit I was still left with several questions about everything, but I'm sure they will be answered in the sequel.

    Well worth a read, Bumped is a novel I will definitely be recommending come its release.

    Grade: B+

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo

    Gold Star Award Winner! Picture a world where a virus has rendered everyone over the age of 18 infertile. What are married couples supposed to do if they want children? That's right! Hire a surrogate. In this world there are Professional Surrogates who enter into strict contracts with couples to provide them a baby. These surrogates are required to Bump in order to get pregnant - it's strictly business. The boy and girl will probably be total strangers and most likely never see each other again after the pregnancy test shows a positive result. These surrogates are chosen strictly for their genetic and physical traits. Some girls are Amateur Surrogates - not quite good enough to make it Pro. They Bump with anyone they want and then hope to find a couple willing to purchase the offspring. Melody and Harmony are identical twins who were separated at birth. At 16, they were able to look into their birth records and found each other. Melody, a Pro Surrogate, was less than thrilled to find there was someone in the world exactly like her. It hurts her chances in business. Now, she can't be promoted by her agent as unique. Harmony couldn't be happier to have found Melody. As someone who is neither Amateur nor Pro, she looks forward to preaching to Melody about God and hopefully prevent her from living a life of a sinning surrogate. Megan McCafferty does an excellent job building this futuristic dystopian world. The word play alone is enjoyable. The media bombards these young tweens and teens with advertisements, clothing, and music encouraging drug use in order to help them relax. Condoms have been outlawed, and the term "baby" is considered a nasty word because it encourages affection for the Bump. Harmony and Melody's lives are turned upside-down after a case of mistaken identity leads them both down paths they never imagined. When you get to the last page of BUMPED, you'll definitely ask yourself, "How long do I have to wait for the sequel?"

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Annonymous

    Most of these reviewers arent being quite fair. I found this book to be hilarious and relevant to todays time. While some thing, like the virus for example, werent elaborated on, i wasnt confused. If your looking for an entertaining read with comical phrases, this is the perfect book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Fun, fast world! Dive right in!

    Although "Bumped" was a little disconcerting at first with its futuristic lingo and somewhat disturbing premise, after a few chapters, I found it hard to put down. McCafferty writes two such different yet believable characters which each seem to, at least at first, to buy whole-heatedly into their respective worldviews. But I love how they grow and change as the events unfold. I recommend this book as a fresh change of pace from your typical dystopian YA novels.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Dislike

    I expected better. Honestly I had to force myself to read it. It fails as a novel for still not having hooked it's reader by the end of the second chapter.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Dissapointed

    I was lookimg forward to this book, the idea is compelling but the execution was terrible. I was dissapointed and don't recommend Bumped.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Good concept. Poor deliver. Part 2

    I accidentally hit post before I was done.
    Anyway, Melody realizes that being a surrogate is what her parents want, not what she wants. She also realizes that she is in love with her best friend, Zen. They kiss. He tells her he loves her. She goes home to work things out with Harmony only to find that Harmony has left to return to her church cult group. She starts to rush after her, but litterally runs into Johndoe. He has come looking for Harmony declaring his love for her. The End. Yeah, that's how it ended.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Just OK

    I must admit I didn't finish this book (and I finish ALL my books). This was just too PREACHY and predictible. I did LOVE to quote on the 1st page of the book -- all teenage girls should read that quote... Several of my friends did finish the book and gave me the synopsis. OK to read if you have nothing else, but you might find something better.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Hmmm

    Its interesting, good read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Not all its cracked up to be.. pun intended.

    The summary was intriguing enough to convince me to buy the book, but due to undefined/confusing slang and underdeveloped characters it just wasnt worth it. Not something i would recommend.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Weird....

    The slang is confusing and i hoped that there was more romance.I cant wait to be finish this horrible book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    I would just like to start by saying that different people have

    I would just like to start by saying that different people have different tastes and just because I didn't find it to my liking doesn't mean you won't. WIth that said this book was very hard to read for me. I had a lot of trouble following along therefor not making the book any better. It was religious which also might be a factor since I am not a very religious person. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 16. Would I recommend it to my friends? I am sorry, but no. I hope I helped with your decision :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    Overall very good book!

    This is the first time i have read a book made by Megan McCafferty, so i didnt know what to except. I looked at the reviews but half of them where bad and the other half was good. But i took my chances and read it anyways, and im glad i did! The first section of the book was confusing to me, but i kept reading. The second section was a little less confusing and i started to understand everything. At the end of the third section is wear it starts to get really good. Finally the the rebirth section was full of drama and i couldnt put the book down. One thing that i like about this book is that Harmony (one of the twins) is Christian, and so am i. Its really nice having a book where someone is Christian because there are not that many popular books now a days that do, so thats always a plus. Now i cant wait to buy the second and start reading that one.Overall it was a very good book.
    I would give it an A

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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