Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

From inside the cover:

"When a virus makes everyone over the age of 18 infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

16 year old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody's doorstep. Up to 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 Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody 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."

I LOVED this book! Goodreads doesn't allow for "half stars", but I would rate it a 4.5/5. Although thinking about if our society was like this one makes me cringe, the plot is just so different and unusual - in a totally good way. It was never boring, and a very quick read - both major pluses to me. I loved how Melody and Harmony's relationship deepens throughout the book, and also Melody's relationship with Zen. The religious aspect of the book was intriguing as well.

I would say this book is for those over the age of 14...a LOT of sexual content (obviously...) and some rather strong language (maybe 5 instances).


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