Book Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Title: Bumped (Bumped #1)
Author: Megan McCafferty
Details: egalley (published in Hardcover, 336 pgs.)
Published: April 26th, 2011 by Balzer + Bray
isbn: 0061962740 (ISBN13: 9780061962745)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley and the publisher, Balzer + Bray

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 they have so much more than just DNA in common. 

This is going to be interesting… First of all, I’m not a fan of satires.  I tend to mostly feel annoyed at the ridiculousness.  But sometimes it’s hard to resist books and this was one that I felt like I wanted to try because “all my friends were doing it”.  Okay, so yes, I can be a follower.  At least when it comes to books.  It wasn’t until later that I actually read reviews and started having serious doubts that I would even like it.  But guess what?!  I loved it!  Yeah, it was ridiculous.  I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes.  But it gave me the giggles too.   And the characters actually grew on me!  I think I’m glad I went in thinking I wouldn’t care for it, because I think it made me like it more.  

The first bit was a little bit hard to get through because you don’t really understand all the slang.  But as you start to pick it up it gets funnier, but even though it’s funny and completely ridiculous, you can almost see that happening.  And while I didn’t love either of the girls for at least the first half, and at times I wanted to smack them silly, I kind of started to understand their thinking.  My favorite character was definitely Zen though.  He’s Melody’s best friend and has a personality that practically jumped off the page.  You couldn’t help but really love him.

Megans writing is superb!  She’d write just a few lines of songs and you could actually hear the song.  Without ever actually hearing it.  I mean, your just reading the words.  How she made it possible I do not know.  There were scenes that were described so well that I seriously could see it all like a movie.  That takes some serious skill and I think that was the best part of the whole book, the writing.

I think this is a book that will definitely end up on the banned books list.  There is constant talk of sex, but it’s all in slang so it’s a little different, but I think it was still clear what they were talking about.  I think that some will be offended about the whole religion thing too.  I think that by the end the author had made her point and was clearly not against religion, but some may not see it that way.  In my opinion I would maybe let a mature teen read it.  Let me put it this way, if it were a movie I was watching with my mother I would be squirming and blushing the entire time.

I enjoyed this book quite a lot and look forward to the next one!

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Disclosure: I received an e-galley of this book free of charge for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own, I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. I kind of laughed at the premise for this one (didn’t realize it was a satire at first). But your review’s convinced me to give it a try. It actually sounds fun. :)

  2. I had a really hard time with the slang at the beginning too but once I got used to it I actually ended up enjoying it a lot and it did made me giggle too, it was a great book. =)

  3. I started reading this one and just couldn’t get into it. I just figured that I would put it down for a while and then come back to it later. I definitely plan on at least trying to finish it to give it a shot. Some books get better farther in! :)

  4. It was fun when a book that in not in the list of your genre surprised you. I am looking forward to read this book also. I think I am going to request in Net Galley.

  5. You summed up my thoughts exactly. I don’t think it falls under the YA category, either. Too many disguised sexual innuendos and some very clear ones.
    In my opinion there was nothing offensive about it, religion-wise. Quite the contrary I think, especially when the author makes it clear that she doesn’t prefer one world from the other,Melody’s or Harmony’s.They are portrayed as equally bad and that’s what I liked most about Bumped: not making me choose or take sides.

    Great review!

  6. I’ve seen some polar opposite reviews on this one. It seems like a love it or hate it kind of book. I hadn’t realized it was supposed to be a satire. I kind of got the impression that it was supposed to be taken seriously, but because it’s Megan McCafferty, people think it has to be a satire.

    I doubt I’ll read it, just because it really does not appeal to me at all, but thanks for your review. It’s always nice to go into a book expecting to hate it and come away loving it.

  7. I feel like the plot is a little bland, because of the storyline (twins being seperated at birth). However, this book is different from the comedic slang to the sex talk. I’m now thinking of picking it up…Thanks Candace!

  8. There’s certainly been some mixed reviews about this one! But I’m looking forward to at least giving it a go. I reckon I’ll go in with the same low expectations you kind of had and go from there! Maybe it’ll be a winner for me too! :-)

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