Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best I Read 2011: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Over the next few days (the last of 2011) I'll be posting my top ten favorite reads of the year, in no particular order. They're not necessarily books released in 2011 -- just books that I've read in the past year. I'll be giving the synopsis and linking to my review (if it's been posted) and telling why I love these books so much. Feel free to share your own favorites -- I'm always looking for a good recommendation!

Release Date: April 26, 2011
Series: Bumped #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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.

First Line:
I'm sixteen. Pregnant. And the most important person on the planet.

Why It Was The Best: I know some people hated this book. It's really a love or hate kind of deal, no in-between. I'll admit I was a little baffled for the first few pages, but once I got into the flow of the story and saw what McCafferty was doing, I was blown away. This is satire run amok -- in the best way possible. McCafferty isn't afraid to take risks, and I think they really paid off in Bumped. It is a bold, intelligent novel. It is unflinching in its look at the dangers of our sex-obsessed, patriarchal society. It is candid and incisive and thought-provoking. Though the world initially seems very black and white, by the end the novel reveals the gray areas inherent in both extremes. I can guarantee you'll never find another book like this one.


Makayla said...

I really want to read this book, and I'm gald you enjoyed it. I hope I do too.

Ria said...

I adored "Bumped". I was really impressed with the level of not only world-building, but also teenage society-building that the author put into it. While I was a bit on the fence about some of the characters, they nearly all struck me as incredibly realistic, and it was a fun and thought-provoking book to read. Highly recommended!

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