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Bumped by Megan McCafferty
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Aug 27, 2012

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Fun, if silly.

In this dystopian world, 75% of the population is infected with a virus that makes people infertile after the age of 18. Therefore, it's the American duty of teen girls to get pregnant. The main character, Melody, has been groomed her whole life to be an ideal Surrogette (a girl who is paid to get pregnant and give up her baby to some super-rich couple too old to have kids of their own). She is just waiting for the perfect Sperm to be found. Meanwhile, her friends at school are all in various states of pregnancy. Then, her twin sister, Harmony, shows up. Harmony was raised in a religious community, and their ideals clash, just a little.

The society that so values teen pregnancy is very well developed. Everything is detailed, from "First Curse Purses" to RePro Reps (Reproduction Professional Representatives: people who try to match Surrogettes with Sperms with Adoptive parents). There are even "Fun Bumps": fake tummies kids can wear. The slang feels realistic, and the teenagers feel like teenagers, even though they're being used to create babies for the grownups. The whole teenage-ness is so pervasive, it's easy to forget that this is actually horrible. Kids are encouraged to start reproducing as soon as they reach puberty; the national hero is a woman who has her tenth child before she turns eighteen.

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