Bumped

Bumped

Book - 2011
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In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2011
ISBN: 9780061962752
9780061962745
Branch Call Number: YA FIC MCC
Characteristics: 323 p. ;,22 cm.

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kelly_williams Jul 23, 2017

I just can't make up my mind, whether I like this book or not. I don't think I do, to be honest- I won't read it again. While it is thought-provoking, it's really only in a Handmaid's Tale kind of way. I couldn't help but see the similarities between the two books.
The lingo starts out hard to understand, and then you'll find yourself thinking in their terms.
I really thought that this book would be wildly different than it was. The religious tones were strange to me- was the author a fan of cult-like experiences, or not? Is she mocking them, or not?
It was entertaining enough to finish, but not to buy, or read again.

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white_dog_1417
Jun 24, 2017

this book is really fun but kind of hard to understand in some parts. Once you catch on it is fun though

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momshoes1
Jul 22, 2016

Loved this book, gives you something to think about while still indulging the romance side of your brain.

mmg2681 Sep 01, 2014

I had a hard time getting into the book, but once I did, I couldnt stop reading it. Very interesting, even though it left you guessing at the very end! I want to know how the story continues! :-)

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Sunaina123
Dec 24, 2013

Megan McCafferty’s “Bumped” is an interesting read. The plot, theme and characters are very different then our time now. It is very interesting to learn about these characters. The two main characters; Melody and Harmony, are identical twin sisters who have been separated at birth. Both of them have not met until one day, Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Both twins have been very different from each others lives! Melody scored an enviable conception contract with a daring couple called the Jaydens. While the Jaydens were searching for a perfect partner for Melody to “bump” with, she was fighting for her attraction to her best friend, Zen. Zen by the way is too short for her job! On the other hand, Harmony has spent her whole life in Good-Side, a religious community preparing to be a wife and mother. When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jonoe, both girls’ lives change forever. This book will surely give you the excitement desired! It is simply “brilliant, innovative, and slightly terrifying” – Carolyn Macker. Brilliant because the whole idea of the book was just mind-blowing. It very different from the real world, which gave it an exciting push. Terrifying because, in the real world it was not a very good thing to be pregnant at such a young age! But apparently you had to be pregnant at that age in this book! I would recommend this book to anyone because it is just a roller coaster ride. You are going to love reading it!

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Gammaof2
Dec 01, 2013

This book was interesting to read. From the description, I wasn't so sure, but I did end up enjoying it; another book I read in a day. I hope Ms. McCafferty does write a sequel, because I really want to know what happens with Harmony and Ram, and Melody and Zen.

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janelleharrison
Jul 31, 2013

It was slow to begin with then it started getting exciting and interesting i think its a pretty good book but i hated the ending..but i dont know if there is a sequel though, but anyway its a good book read it!! i give like 3 1/2 to 4 stars. =)

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divabookworm
Jul 17, 2013

I haven`t read this yet but I`m planning to. For those of you who obviously loved it: the idea is not original, as I remember reading a similar novel in university called the Handmaid`s Tale.

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owlface55555
Apr 18, 2013

This book was extremely thought-provoking and maintained a core of warmth that kept me tied. I enjoyed how societal and familial themes were targeted in such an unexpected world of breeding.

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jorjableu
Mar 30, 2013

Very interesting story kinda of werid. But wants to make you read more to figure this out

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bookgeek101 Dec 29, 2012

Coarse Language: They swear, but it isn't ery noticable. The word most used word is the f-word.

bookgeek101 Dec 29, 2012

Sexual Content: They talk about reproducing and about sex in general but nothing excplicit. A few innuendos.

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Black_Rabbit_13
Aug 14, 2012

Other: but overall verrrrry good book despite all that.

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Black_Rabbit_13
Aug 14, 2012

Sexual Content: slight sexual content.

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Black_Rabbit_13
Aug 14, 2012

Coarse Language: the f word a couple of times.

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momshoes1
Jul 22, 2016

momshoes1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

bookgeek101 Dec 29, 2012

bookgeek101 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Brown_Monkey_29
Mar 03, 2012

Brown_Monkey_29 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

LocketLibrarian May 15, 2011

LocketLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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momshoes1
Jul 22, 2016

Melody and her twin Harmony finally meet after years of separation. While Harmony thinks it the best thing ever and wants to bring Melody back home with her. Melody is more worried about her school life and having a secret twin sister could ruin it all for her.

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Brown_Monkey_29
Dec 18, 2011

Bumped is the story of Melody, a typical high school girl living in a dystopian society where a Virus has made all people over the age of 18 barren (unable to have kids). The government decides to pay teenage girls and boys to "bump", as in, pay to have kids. Melody has a contract to "bump" for a family, but she (at the beginning) is not pregnant. Melody finds out that she has a twin named Harmony, who has lived her entire life in Goodside, a church-oriented, somewhat Amish-resembling society. Harmony comes to see Melody, trying to convert her. In Goodside, they believing that getting pregnant for profit is a sin. This book chronicles Melody and Harmony's journey...their sister journey, boys, and a lot of other adventures. This book is good, though a bit confusing, at times.

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