Because of all this love, I was surprised when I found Bumped a bit hard to get into at first. Was my love just for Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie's epic 5 novel love story?
Luckily, it turns out, that my love is not only for them. I really enjoyed Bumped, although I will admit it took me longer to get into the groove of the book. That, I think, can be attributed to the fact that McCafferty invents a whole new set of slang that the characters speak and I found it a little off-putting at first (by the middle of the novel I sort of enjoyed it).
This is a future where a human reproduction virus radically limits the length of time humans (both female and male) are fertile. A huge industry of "pregging for profit" has developed so that adult aged humans can purchase children to raise as their own. Melody and Harmony her recently-discovered-separated-at-birth twin sister have grown up in radically different communities with very different opinions on how a person to live. When they are finally reunited nothing will ever be the same for them again.
I think the characterization probably suffered a bit at the expense of the set-up, but I found this to be a highly enjoyable read. I enjoyed the play on teens and pregnancy and what a future might look like if teens were the only ones who could procreate.
I actually had a hard time not comparing it to Wither by Lauren DeStefano the whole time I was reading since they had such incredibly different takes on the same premise (how interesting that these both came out this year - new trend alert?). I have to say, I found the ideas put forth in Bumped to be the more likely of the two. And it was funnier. So while neither Harmony or Melody resonated with me like Jessica, I will say that I would pick up a sequel if it was in the works and that I look forward to whatever McCafferty writes next.
Book Source = Borrowed ARC