Review: Bumped – Megan McCafferty (ARC)

“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.”

Maybe I was too excited about this book for it to live up to it’s hype in my mind.  Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but it wasn’t great.

Usually alternating POVs don’t bug me.  Actually, I typically enjoy them.  For some reason in Bumped at first they really got to me.  I’m not exactly sure why, but they did.  Once I got into the book 50-60 pages into it, I got used to the characters and all was well.

Harmony bothered me at first, she seemed too perfect.  The big twist involving her, I felt came out of nowhere, which was both nice and annoying.  I like being surprised, but I felt it was out of character for her.  Melody was spot-on.  I liked her, her doubts and concerns seemed legit and not forced.  I really liked Zen too, he was a funny character.  I found myself laughing out loud several times throughout the book.  It was a nice change of pace from the stuff I’ve been reading lately.

The terminology confused me.  It felt like every page was peppered with new words, when I’d get used to one, another would appear and I’d forget what the others meant.  Usually I could guess what it was from the context, but I found myself flipping back a couple of times to see exactly what a word meant.

Overall, this book is worth checking out.  While it’s not the best book I’ve ever read, it’s decently cute and funny.  The storyline is shock-worthy at times, because everyone is having sex, getting pregnant, discussing sex/pregnancy.

It hits stores in April 2011.

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