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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
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Hardcover, 323 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Balzer + Bray
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Lyndsey
So, Melody and Harmony are our two main characters. And guess what - they're twins! Naw....really?!

Not that they are bad names, but twins named Melody and Harmony?! Cliche much?

The similar names also made it very difficult to keep straight on who was who. The perspective jumps back and forth between the two of them just about every couple pages or so. The breakneck speed of the switches makes it difficult to develop a connection to the characters or keep track of what in the heehaw is goin' on.
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Vinaya
Wha-wha-WHAAT? What just happened there?

Okay, let’s start at the beginning. Bumped is a ‘dystopian’ novel set in 2035 where a virus has wiped out the ability of every person over the age of eighteen to reproduce. (Why eighteen? How eighteen? Does the virus come built-in with an age-o-meter that tells it when to strike?) The population is rapidly declining, leaving only one section of the planet capable of procreating. The teenagers. At the point at which this novel starts, it is already establi
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Misty
2.5
I did another video review for this one (and if you want to watch it, you can here.) But if you're not into video reviews, here's a brief written review, in the language of Bumped:

It was like, rilly rilly all about young girls pregging for money. Like, for seriously young. But it was okay, 'cause they were being, like, patriotic, and all the hot girls go Pro anyway, and it's just a delivery, so who cares? And if creepy old guy agents are making you major bank on that pregg, and your creepy pa
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Caris
Jun 18, 2011 Caris rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
I have to say, I'm really not getting sick of these super smart books for teen girls. If we're not careful, we're going to have a generation of women that, well, let's face it...



...IS GOING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!

This one focuses specifically on reproductive rights. It's like this: there's this virus that renders anyone over twenty or so infertile. As such, it is up to teenagers to maintain the population. So the entire teenage population, by necessity, is baby crazy. Girls are shunned if they
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Reynje
I suspect that for some, the amount of enjoyment and/or engagement they experience while reading Bumped will be directly proportional to the manner in which they approach it.

It’s just a theory, and I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I do think that an analysis of Bumped needs to take into account the angle a person has chosen to read it from. Taken at face value, there is content and style to the story that some readers may find problematic or even objectionable. Read as a satirical take o
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Crystal
Mar 10, 2011 Crystal rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
This book was definitely not for me. I have so far liked the dystopian books I have read, but this felt more like an infomercial for teen pregnancy than about a world gone bad. The story is basically about what happens when a virus hits the US making it to where every person is barren after the age of 18. To make sure the human race stays populated adults start looking to teens, and I mean starting at age 13, to help them have there dream babies. Well after a couple of years of this teens and th ...more
Elizabeth Salom (elistar)
I'll be honest. I've been DREADING writing this review.

I was SO looking forward to this book. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I loved McCafferty's Jessica Darling series and I couldn't wait to read her first attempt at Dystopian fic, one of my favorite genres. Imagine my absolute delight when I received an Advanced Review Copy of this bad boy.

::sigh::

As you've probably guessed by now, this book was a huge disappointment. McCafferty's writing is still there. Funny, sparkly, witty, a
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Minli
Mar 02, 2011 Minli rated it it was ok
Ugh. Having enjoyed the first two Jessica Darling novels, I was amused by Bumped's description as a "dystopian world where only teenagers can procreate, due to a virus that renders every adult infertile." McCafferty and HarperTeen introduce the book as stunningly close to home, given the new obsession with pregnant teens.

I tag this book "dystopian" with trepidation. I get annoyed when writers don't do their homework. You want to write a dystopian novel? You have to think about stuff, okay? Like
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Katya
Hey, didja know I'm deconstructing this for the Lantern? You can find my posts here .

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This is a CD cover for one of Korn's albums. I'm putting it up here because it adequately describes the feelings this book brought up for me.

Disclaimer: I love Megan McCafferty's books. This review may be biased.

You have been warned.

I won't deny it - I've been waiting to get my hands on this piece for ages. I've been reading about it for months now, the good and the bad, (more of the former, less of the latter
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Steph Su
Dec 02, 2010 Steph Su rated it really liked it
Megan McCafferty is the author of the Jessica Darling books, hands-down my all-time favorite contemporary series. The dystopian novel BUMPED is a huge departure from her legacy, but if you tone down your instinctual desire to compare it to the Jessica Darling books, it is a fantastically complex story that will provide fodder for thought for multiple rereads.

BUMPED is an example of a dystopian society that is so fully realized and self-sustaining that it becomes very difficult for us outsiders t
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I am really, really disappointed in this book. I'd been waiting for it for a while and when I got around to reading it, it was such a let down, in all ways. I found the dystopian idea to be very intriguing, but the actual plot wasn't very strong. I absolutely hated the way it was written and would probably go as far as saying it's one of the worst written books that I have read - If I have to see the words 'rilly', 'neggers' 'for seriously' 'cock jockey' or 'fertilicious' again, I might scream. ...more
Lois Bujold
Dec 07, 2014 Lois Bujold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all those guys who complain they just can't understand women
Recommended to Lois by: random internet review

Imagine The Handmaid's Tale-lite crossed with a Shakespearean twins comedy and given a Mobius twist. Pretty amusing. Good SF on the imagine-one-change and follow out the consequences side, rather too hand-wavy on what would be the real science and reproductive science in the situation; so I'd call it a satirical moral fable rather than SF as such, though it's certainly not fantasy. Nor is it a dystopia, though I'm sure it is marketed as such for cogent economic reasons; just a topia. I appreciat
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Lissa
Oct 02, 2011 Lissa added it
Shelves: 2011
Someone told me this was a satire - I don't remember who - and to take everything that was said with a grain of salt.

It's really a case of what not to do in novels and case in point, sometimes even the wrongest novels still get published.

I mean, a YA book promoting sex for procreation only and babies as commodities?

It's not meant to be believable, but it totally is. Sterile adults control teenage fertility and the teenagers think they're the ones in control. Megan McCafferty clearly knows her ge
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Parajunkee
May 05, 2011 Parajunkee rated it did not like it
Shelves: for-review, reviewed
What can I say about BUMPED? Compared the wonderful other dystopian titles that have been released this year, BUMPED, well should be BUMPED, right off the shelf. Rilly, rilly. This book was for shock value only, a controversial topic was picked, expounded upon but was not taken to a logical conclusion. It was all window dressing with no heart or soul. The concept was interesting but the implementation was mind-numbingly vapid. Yet, the whole time I was reading it was like a train-wreck - I just ...more
Lindsay
Dec 10, 2010 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Imagine a world where your only worth is what your body can do for others. Imagine a world where adults give teenagers the message, “If it feels good, do it! If it doesn’t feel good, here’s a pill for that!”

No, I don’t mean 2010. I mean 2010 aged 26 years and on steroids.

Welcome to Bumped by Megan McCafferty. Everyone under age 18 in this world is a liability or a commodity, and you better protect your brand if you want to take it to the bank. So, the question is, how do you decide who you are
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Good Golly Miss Holly
Dec 29, 2012 Good Golly Miss Holly rated it really liked it
Good Golly Miss Holly

BUMPED is the first book in a long while that has lived up to my expectations, I read it in it's entirety over a weekend which is very unusual for me. It's a captivating book set 35 years in the future where teenagers are idolized due to a virus that causes infertility in anyone over the age of eighteen. The chapters are split between Harmony and Melody, identical twins who are meeting for the very first time having grown up in very different worlds - Harmony in a religious sect that has a boar
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I think I have to read this book just because it sounds so weird.
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Melody and Harmony are identical twins, both alike in appearance and so completely different in their personalities. Melody works with an agency that is matching her with a potential mate. Harmony believes in Goodside, the religious group that acts in the most traditional and straight forward ways. The complete opposite of what Melody’s life entails. When Harmony shows up at Melody’s doorstep unannounced, they realize they have more in common than they think. Two sisters, two different lives, wi ...more
oliviasbooks
""I was matched with the Jaydens, who put in a very strong bid: full college tuition, a Volkswagen Plug, and a postpartum tummy trim. […] It’s hard to believe now, but this was a pretty radical decision at the time. Though popular in major cities on the coasts, going pro was still kind of a down-market thing to do in the suburbs, and at my school in particular. All preggers at Princeton Day Academy were amateurs, most of whom put deliveries up for nonprofit adoptions.""
Bumped has been unexpected
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Reading Teen
Apr 19, 2011 Reading Teen rated it really liked it
3 stars? 4 stars? 5 stars?


Hmmm.....what to say about this book? This was without a doubt, the strangest book I've ever read. I honestly don't know how I feel about it. I found it entertaining, funny, and bizarre, easily reading through it in a day. I enjoyed the humor and found myself chuckling often. I found Zen absolutely hilarious and wished that he was in it a little more. I even found Harmony pretty entertaining. There were quite a few little twists and mysteries that kept me guessing, and
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Judit
Apr 22, 2011 Judit rated it it was amazing
First, let me tell you that I completely understand all this negative reviews I'd read before I finally picked up this book.
This is exactly that kind of the book, which is going to be criticized by all sorts of people, from young readers who expected something totally different to angry parents who think it's inappropriate for their children to read about 16-year-old (or less) pregnant teenage girls being the most cherished persons in the society and the one and only hope for the whole humankin
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Danny
Mar 13, 2011 Danny rated it it was amazing
This one so took me by surprise! This is most definitely a unique take in the dystopian world. Normally, when I read Dystopian I expect darkness, end time feeling and such, not that I want it, but this is how nearly all dystopian novels I read lately are.

Bumped is so different!!

In Bumped Teens are the most valued people on earth because they are the only ones that can still have kids. A virus that most people catch around 18-20 makes them all infertile so Teens are the only ones that can deliv
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Heather Anastasiu
Mar 21, 2011 Heather Anastasiu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book was crazy good. The writing is just stunning at times. BUMPED is the story of twins-separated at birth, Melody and Harmony, in a near-future where a sterility virus makes it impossible to get pregnant past 18 years of age. Most of the novel hinges on a single day of mistaken identity, a day that changes both twins' lives. A premise like that sounds unmanageable. But everything was so well-written, so perfectly plotted and paced that I just found myself saying YES! That is exactly what ...more
Ana Mardoll
Mar 09, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Bumped / 978-0-061-96274-5

In a futuristic dystopia that seems strangely similar to our own modern-day culture, an under-class of underprivileged women are compelled by society to be the breeders for an upper-class that has been ravaged with infertility. In this culture, sex is not about love, but rather about pregnancy, and fertile women are expected to put their own feelings aside for the 'good of humanity' and the survival of the human race.

If it sounds like I'm describing Margaret Atwood's c
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SKB
Jan 31, 2011 SKB rated it really liked it
[This book is not released until late April, but I was fortunate enough to have scored an ARC, hence this review now.]

Picture your favorite uterus ...

Now picture it ... barren.

(Sorry, very obscure reference from the animated "Tick" series.)

In Bumped, the time is a near-distant future, one in which a virus has made almost all adults sterile. Only teenagers are guaranteed to be fertile, and in order to continue the human species, teenagers are encouraged to have sex, to get pregnant as often as th
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Eh?Eh!
Jun 25, 2011 Eh?Eh! rated it liked it
First, The O'Malley was mistaken when he claimed all the swearing was replaced by various reproductive slang terms. There's still some sailor in it.

But he's right that it's about reproductive rights. Instead of approaching it from a legislative angle, it's all about peer pressure and popularity and trends. A Virus makes everyone infertile as they approach young adulthood, 18-20 years of age, and a new system has appeared to address the population problem. Teen pregnancy is suddenly the new cool.
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Krystle
Apr 27, 2011 Krystle rated it it was ok
Whoa, boy, I had no idea what to expect from this but my expectations weren’t high in the first place. I blame generic, run of the mill, fad published ya dystopian books on this.

The first thing you notice about this book is the excessive amounts of slang dropped on us. Dear jaysus my head was spinning. I had no idea what the hell anybody was saying and I constantly had to stare at long passages trying to decipher what things meant. It sort brought me out of the flow of her words and what’s worse
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Liz
Apr 29, 2011 Liz rated it it was amazing
The jacket flap does not do this book justice. Since I read it, I've tried to describe it to a number of people. Over and over I come back to this: It's like a really disturbing sci-fi, maybe The Matrix, but narrated by Cher from Clueless. I know...but trust me.

The pregnancy-dominated slang was hard to take at first, kind of hard to understand, but once I decided to just let it in and wait for answers later, I really started to enjoy it. I couldn't believe how many slang terms McCafferty could c
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Jessica
Feb 01, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-books
Ok, I want to start off by saying that the summary of this book really intrigued me, especially the author’s note on how much society is focusing on teen girls getting pregnant and almost making it seem “cool”. For example, shows like Teen Mom and the teens on those shows always seem to be making headlines in gossip magazines. This glamorizing of teen moms really bothers me at times, so I felt that this book would be right up my alley.

I must say, I was really let down by Bumped. The beginning o
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nicole
Mar 03, 2011 nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I've been reading a lot of positive reviews about this and am said to say this won't be one of them. I believe the germ of McCafferty's story is interesting -- a world in which teen girls are encouraged to have unprotected sex, with a focus on popularity, marketing and social pressure to have that means achieved. The world is detailed and engaging.It's a look at pregnancy that doesn't occur too often in speculative teen lit, with a nice slice of religious expectations on the side.

But she relies
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Megan McCafferty is best known for SLOPPY FIRSTS and four other books in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series for teens and adults. JESSICA DARLING'S IT LIST is a new middle grade series of prequels. She also wrote the futuristic satires BUMPED and THUMPED. Her work has received honors from the ALA and the NYPL and has been translated into fourteen languages, including Chinese, Ge ...more
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