Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty Review

By Megan McCafferty
April 26, 2011
Balzer + Bray, 336 pages

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.

— description

My friend Carla put her love of Megan McCafferty this way: "If I had to choose one author to read for the rest of my life, right now, right this second, I would pick her. And probably if you asked me again next week, my answer would be the same."

Megan's only written one other series, and it wasn't even young adult. So why are readers like Carla (and me) such ardent fans?

Here's why: So many authors seem to skirt around issues, afraid to impression impressionable young minds. And they seem to perpetuate the idea of perfect, eternal, destined romance.

Megan? Nope. Megan doesn't do that BS.

I crave that. I WANT my books to make an impression. And, as someone who is madly in love, let me tell you one thing I know for sure: Love ain't perfect, honey. I love me a love story. And I usually whine if there's not a happy ending. But real life? Yeah. It's not that predictable.

Megan's Jessica Darling series is the epitome of imperfect romance. You hate Jessica, you love Jessica; you hate Marcus, you love Marcus. It shows that it's not only okay to make mistakes, but that it's actually sometimes better if you do. How else do you grow as a person?

Bumped is no different. Sure, at first glance, it's a big departure from this series. It's set in an alternative universe, for goodness' sake.

But it's still so Megan to brazenly take on the hot-button issue of teenage sex and to somehow, amid all the humor and snark, make you empathize with both sides. You'll hate Melody, you'll love Melody; you'll hate Harmony, you'll love Harmony. It'll make you supremely uncomfortable. The lingo will have you scratching your head.

That's the point. Reading a Megan McCafferty book is a roller coaster ride. But that's life, baby. Hang on tight.

Want more? Read a great review by Phoebe North here, then jump over here to check out Katya's absolutely perfect description as to why Jessica and Marcus are my all-time favorites.

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. Ah, yet again another amazing review. You just have a way with words (and apparently, so does Ms McCafferty.)

    I crave an author who knows how to set her universe and draws you in from the very first chapters. I'm also very big on realism. So, it looks like this is right up my alley.

    Sigh. My "next-in-line" shelf on goodreads is already so long. Buuuut I'm not complaining. I'll probably be reading this in the next few days, thanks to you :)

  2. Ah! I love Megan McCafferty too :-) I have YOU to thank for introducing me to her! I have this book on my nook & need to get to it, stat! I love you reviews Anna.. you definitely have a way with words ;-)

    and P.S. what is the point of reading if there's no impression left behind?! This woman is full of awesome.

  3. OMG !! That sounds so great, I need this one !! You got it signed, how awesome !!
    Thanks for the review ;)

  4. Oh boy -- just have to throw my hat in on the McCafferty love. She's the absolute best, and I agree that she'd be my "one and only author to read for the rest of my life" -- you know, if I had to choose.

    I'm almost finished with Bumped and, though it got off to a slow (and confusing) start for me, I'm definitely hooked and loving it now. Forty pages to go -- and can't wait to see how this all works out.

  5. Meg, I agree! I think it's also definitely noting that I was unsure at first. But by the time you can step back from the story and see the POINT of!

  6. Best inscription ever lol! I can't wait to read Bumped! I was declined (twice) on Net Galley so I'm just going to wait patiently but it sounds so good!

    I haven't read the Jessica Darling series yet but it just got moved up the TBR list, thanks! :D

    -Lisa (BaffledBooks)

  7. It looks so good. I can't wait for it to come out!

  8. I loved Bumped! You're right, very different from JD series but all around good! Although I'm dying to find out what happens after that cliffhanger... gr!

  9. I just read a Bumped review from Write Meg that got me super excited to read the book- then came over and found the same thing! For whatever reason, the cover is a big turn off for me. I probably wouldn't have even read the back to see what it was about, but you both completely changed my mind!!!

  10. Thanks for awesome review-- I love how she signed it :)

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  11. I'm surprised so many people didn't latch on to this on. I absolutely loved it! I wonder if it's because I've not yet read the Jessica Darling books, perhaps those that see McCafferty in a particular way just couldn't get past it?


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