Book Review: Bumped

Bumped

Megan McCafferty

Balzer & Bray

336 pages

The year is 2036 and a widespread virus has made anyone over the age of 18 infertile.  Thus, the teenage population has the sole responsibility of reproducing for the rest of the population.  Many teenagers are under contract, with many perks promised once they deliver a child.  Melody is one such teen.  She has a very promising contract but has yet to get pregnant as the couple that contracted her haven’t settled on a male donor yet.

Meanwhile, Melody has just discovered that she has a twin.  Harmony has grown up on a religious compound, so the world she is used to is quite different from the one Melody inhabits.  She is visiting Melody in an attempt to convince her of her errant ways, but in turn, she is influenced by Melody’s environment.

My plot synopsis is paltry at best, but I think Bumped is best experienced when you have little knowledge of what to expect.  One element to be aware of though would be the slang involved in the text.  It was overwhelming to me for the first 30 pages or so, and I was skeptical as to whether I would be able to overcome that.  By the end, I had come to appreciate the vernacular and how it added to the climate of the story.  Just be forewarned though that it can be a little difficult to ingratiate yourself.

I have read other reviews that have an issue with the serious issue of teen pregnancy being somewhat glamorized and not seen with the gravity it demands.  I certainly see the argument of that line of thinking, and I am not sure where I fall on that continuum.  I can see how the novel could be seen as a bit distasteful but it is, after all, a work of fiction and in the end, my enjoyment of the novel wasn’t altered.

Bumped is the first book in a series, which is problematic to someone like me who ultimately enjoyed the book so much that I want to immediately get my hands on a copy of the second book in the series.  Bumped was just published last month so I am guessing we have a long wait. If you have any information on the second book, please let me know! I have tried to find more information, but have come up with nothing!

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I purchased this book for my Kindle.

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2 Responses

  1. i didn’t feel like the pregnancy was glamourized by the author, but instead by the characters, and I have no trouble seeing our country fall into exactly that mentality if we come into those circumstances. I grew up in an area where most girls got pregnant by the time they were 15 and there was definitely a lot of glamour and pride to it there, and that’s not even with a virus attached to the situation! I thought she did a great job showing how commercialism can twist and become a nightmare in a dystopian world, actually. I thought it was less a glamourization of teen pregnancy and instead a banalization and commericalization of it. That’s what really blew me away in this book.

  2. i had seen this book cover in a pile of maternity-related books that someone else had posted and immediately dismissed it as a book for expectant mothers (that’s what i get for assuming). but, i’m so glad i stopped to read your synopsis and review because it actually sounds like an interesting premise for a book.

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