Friday, March 25, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty


Summary:
"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. 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. 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.

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." --Courtesy of Amazon.com

Review:
I was excited to see a new title by Megan McCafferty who wrote Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, etc. However, this is quite a departure from her previous works tackling the growing dystopian genre in teen lit. The premise was a very intriguing one--a world where its future (and children) depend on teenage girls, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Riding the popularity of MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom series (which I am admittedly addicted to watching), McCafferty's novel is good in theory but the execution seemed to fall short. Neither of her main characters came across as very likeable and their personalities & beliefs seemed to change without reason midway thru the story. Perhaps a bit more character development? However, I did have major love for Melody's best friend, Zen--the bright spot for me. His character is funny, easy going, and laid-back. He's the type of guy you could easily fall in love with.

Also, the book seems to be littered with dated cultural references (a HUGE pet peeve of mine). Authors have to be very careful and subtle when using pop cultural. I cringed every time Melody asked if she looked "fertilicious." Everything felt a little forced and alternated between being rushed or dragging. Towards the end the story started to pick up with several twists--some of which were a bit shocking but others which were a bit predictable.

Just when the plot seemed to be picking up and getting intense, the book ended VERY suddenly. I kept swiping the page on my eReader looking for the last pages that I knew I must have missed. I've heard of cliff-hangers, but the ending quite literally just left me. Hopefully, the sequel will fill in the gaps and develop the story more as Melody & Harmony figure out the ending for their complicated futures.

The clock is ticking--and time is running out.

Reading Rating:
This book took a while to get into. At first, Melody & Harmony's alternating voices seemed to clash and were too stereotypical--with Meloday as a airheaded, angsty teen and Harmony as a devout and strong-headed believer. The voices seemed to become more natural as the book progressed, but I just really couldn't get into this one as much as I desperately wanted to. Despite its faults though, it was a very quick read and quite literally was over before I realized it. Look for a sequel in the works...

Reviewed by: ch3rrybl0ss0m

This was an advance readers' copy (courtesy of netgalley). The final version of, Bumped, will be released on April 26, 2011. Put your copy on hold then!

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