Bumped

Bumped

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by Megan McCafferty
     
 

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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

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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 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 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 have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.

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Editorial Reviews

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)
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.”
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
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.”
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:
9780062076977
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
Bumped , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
119,236
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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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.”
Carolyn Mackler
“BUMPED is brilliant, innovative, and slightly terrifying. Megan McCafferty delivers!”

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