Author: Megan McCafferty
Publication: April 26th 2011 by Balzer + Bray
Summary: "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."
Thoughts: Around the blogosphere, I'm sure you've been reading/hearing mixed reviews about BUMPED. It's not the "normal" read, but what's so great about being normal? Before you judge it from what others say, I highly recommend checking it out for yourself. Personally, I found BUMPED to be captivating, provocative, hilarious, and a bit terrifying, all at the same time.
The story alternates from Melody and Harmony's points of view. I won't bother you with details of what the story is about. If you've read the summary above, you already have an idea. Plus, anything I give away might spoil it for you. What I will do is tell you how BUMPED had me questioning what I would do if I was put in either Melody or Harmony's situation. Megan's world building is impeccable. Most dystopian novels (though amazing) leave me a bit irritated and left with too many questions as to why. Not BUMPED. Though I still have my fair share of questions, at least it's not to the point of utter frustration.
I will say that some of the dialog (and lingoes) were a bit confusing to me. Eventually, I did get use to it. Who knows, maybe the word bumped itself will become the latest thing to say. "Who are you bumping with now?" Please don't ever really say that!
And, of course, there's Zen. Is he swoon-worthy? You bet! He's Melody best friend, as charming as his name sounds, and just an overall riot. Oh, how I adored his humor and every single scene he was in. Honestly, Zen is one of the main reasons I can't wait for BUMPED's sequel to release. What can I say, I just love him so!
Overall, Megan McCafferty has done it again, writing another entertaining and comical read. There are quite a few sexual references in this book, so I would recommend it to older YA readers. Did I enjoy it more than her Jessica Darling series? I don't know. But it's definitely in the running with Perfect Fifths!