McCafferty, Megan. Bumped. Balzer + Bray, 2011. 323 pages. ISBN 978-0-06-196274-5
It is the year 2036 and a widespread virus has made anybody over the age of eighteen infertile. Sixteen year old Melody and Harmony are twins who live very different lives. Melody has one of the most talked about bumped contracts there is, but she is reluctant to fall through with it. Whereas Harmony lives in Goodside, a incredibly religious community who have assigned marriages and does not believe in selling your body for profit. Melody has just landed her contract with the hottest bumping agent around, but her sister shows up and tries to talk Melody out of it and to side with God instead. While Melody is at school she leaves Harmony at her home. A call comes through for Melody about meeting with the hot bumping agent, but Harmony takes the call and acts as Melody taking her place. Harmony intends to ruin the contract, however, when she meets the hot bumping agent, her plan falls through and everything starts to fall apart for both Melody and Harmony.
I never knew there were so many words for getting or being pregnant, but this book has enlightened me and improved my vocabulary on the subject, as well as, added a few words that McCafferty has created just for this story. This dystopian novel takes you to a society where people over the age of 18 become infertile, so children start young at trying to populate the world and thus the entire population that is made up of children under 18 years of age are fascinated with getting pregnant, or bumped as they like to call it. Melody and Harmony are twin sisters, but live two very separate lives and when Harmony comes to visit things start to change for them and their roles seem to switch with each other. There are a lot of debatable questions that pop up within this story. The one that seems to pop out to me the most is the question of whether it acceptable or not to basically prostitute your children in order to keep the world populated? Are there not better ways to go about this? On this world it is like a competition among children to see who can have the most babies, which would be every parent’s nightmare. This is a story about love and the right to choose for yourself and not to be forced into conforming with society and what they believe is the right thing to do.
It’s a world were only people under the age of 18 can have children and Melody just landed a contract with the hottest bumping agent out there. Then her ultra-religious twin sister shows up. Now what is Melody going to do?
Megan McCafferty is the author of the novel Bumped and the sequel and conclusion, Thumped, will be published on April 24th, 2012. She is also the author of Sloppy Firsts and its sequel Second Helpings, which were picked as ALA’s Top 10 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. After those comes Charmed Thirds and Fourth Comings, then Perfect Fifths. They all made some sort of top list.
She edited a short story anthology called Sexteen: Stories about that sweet and bitter brithday. And she was a contributer for sever fiction and nonfiction anthologies including Dear Bully (2011), My Little Red Book (2009), Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? (2008), Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume (2007), It’s a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life in Your Twenties (2007), Girls’ Night In: To Benefit War Child (2004) Her novels have been translated into eleven different languages. Megan is currently a Princeton University Community Fellow. (www.meganmccafferty.com)
Twin sisters from to very different lives.
What is bumping and why is it important?
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I chose this book because it is incredibly strange, yet good. I read straight through it in one night and can’t wait for the sequel, but the whole time I kept asking, “Really?!” A must read.