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Bumped by Megan McCafferty
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May 29, 12

bookshelves: female, dystopia, humor, odd
Read from May 28 to 29, 2012

Knowing McCafferty wrote the effortlessly funny Jessica Darling, it's no surprise that the writing in Bumped catches you off-guard in a good way. Again, the writing is effortless but the story is as much humorous as it is serious.

The future world is now (because of a sexually transmitted virus) less than fertile, so teenagers between 16-18 are the most valuable commodity as they get "bumped". Selling their fertility to the highest bidder and consumerism is right on par-- with songs and stores that promote being bumped (including fake bumps for in-between pregnancies). Melody is caught up in it... her adoptive parents have been grooming her perfect looks and intelligence for the highest paying couple and when she finds out she'll be bumped by the hottest sperm/guy it's even better. But, the deal isn't made with Melody because her twin sister who was raised in a very religious household appeared and was mistaken for Melody. And, since Harmony is escaping her life for a bit, she decides to play the part.

Again, a somewhat simple story but the setting, the shock-value of sex parties, getting pregnant, and their loose vocabulary does make it risque, but in a futuristic-- but could this really happen?-- kind of way. Brilliant.
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