Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Megan McCafferty
323 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: library

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Harmony and Melody are identical twins that just found out about each other.  In a world where adults can't reproduce, teenage girls are getting pregnant just for the money and swag that comes with giving away a baby, which is what Melody is trying to do if the couple sponsoring her can ever find a match.  Meanwhile, Harmony comes from an uber-Christian community where the girls get engaged at thirteen and Harmony is doing her best to enlighten every person she meets.  When Harmony shows up on Melody's doorstep, things get really interesting.

Most of the feedback I've heard about this novel has gone something like this, "I loved McCafferty's Jessica Darling series, but I didn't like Bumped that much."  Well, I'm the opposite.  I didn't think Sloppy Firsts was all that great, but I loved Bumped.  Loved it!

What I loved the most was that Melody and Harmony couldn't be more different, but as their journey goes on it becomes obvious that they have more in common than they think.  I loved their characters, their personalities, the way the thought and acted.  Of course, I have to give McCafferty points, too, for one of the most creative plots I've read this year.

The only thing that caught my attention and I didn't like was the year the novel takes place, 2036.  That's only twenty-five years from now, which made the dystopian-esque plot less believable.  It would have been better if the story had taken place farther in the future.  I also didn't care for a lot of the words McCafferty made up/changed.  Why change the word "photo" to "foto" or "really" to "rilly?"

But other than that, I loved it!  I seriously can't wait to continue on with this series to see how things work out between the sisters when the next book, Thumped, comes out next Spring.

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