Monday, May 7, 2012

“I'm in crisis. I'm about to bump with a five-foot chino-chicano.” - Megan McCafferty

Reading Reflection #6


Synopsis from Cover

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until 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 religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her 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.

This was one of the strangest books that I have read in a really long time. However.....

The book is written with each chapter jumping between Melody and Harmony. Melody lives in "Otherside" where she is in the club for pregnant teens at school (a high honour) and her agent is trying to get the perfect boy for her to "bump" with.
Harmony on the other hand, lives in "Goodside", in a house with her house sisters, praising God, and getting ready to have a child of her own.

These girls are totally different, but that is what makes this book so good!

I had a lot of confusion during this book, some of it caused by the language that Megan McCafferty uses. She uses words like "preg", "bump", "spermilicious", and many others. Just looking at the book, I realise now that people could be really easily confused. The first sentence says:

" I'm sixteen. Pregnant. And the most important person on the planet."  Don't you think that would confuse you too?

I had a number of different questions and comments throughout the book, and my one prediction came completely true.

Pretty much everything I commented on though, if I tell you will ruin the book. Everybody needs to read it now!!!

The one thing that I can comment on is how strange this society is. It is totally different from this society, where people are often frowned upon if they have children as teenagers. In this book, it is encouraged! But not only do you have the child, you sell it, and to be able to sell your baby, you have to "bump" with the perfect guy. A minimum of 5' 7 or so. There are even fake "baby bumps" these things that you can strap around your body to make it look like you have a baby growing inside you.

Keep and eye out, because I also just finished reading the sequel to "bumped" called "Thumped" and I will be reviewing that very soon!

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