Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty - Review


(Bumped #1)

by Megan McCafferty

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.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.


My Review:

When I first read the synopsis for this book, I became so excited I started to count the seconds until it was published. Then I finally got my hands on it. I'm afraid it did disappoint me a little.

'Bumped' was hard to read at most times... too much slang.
But it was interesting nonetheless. Not to mention polemic. It didn't really get my full attention. While I was reading it I was doing 100 other things. I just didn't have the urge to stop and read it. I kept pausing. That was not a good sign.

I couldn't like the characters much, either. The twins were interesting, but strangely unlikeable. Probably because of the weird setting, I guess. My favorite was the poor abandoned husband. LOL

Also, the book seemed to be cut in half. The end was not an 'end' at all. I had to double-check to see if I had actually reached the end of the book. LOL.

I'll search for the next one out of pure curiosity for the story and characters, not the writing.

This one will be HELL for translators. O.o

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