Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 26, 2011
Summary (from Good Reads): When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen 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. Sixteen-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 was really excited to read Bumped. I've been hearing so many good things about it, and I love the concept of it, so I had pretty high expectations for it. Unfortunately, my expectations were not met. Bumped really disappointed me.
I really hated Harmony. I hated how she was always throwing God and her religion into everyone's faces, especially Melody. I don't have a problem reading about characters who are Christian, but I hate it when those characters obsess over it the way Harmony does. I understand that was kind of the point with Harmony; to show the two different perspectives of the society and whatnot, but I didn't like it. I wish it had been toned down a little more.
I also had trouble following some of the jargon in the novel. I didn't feel like it was always explained, and even from the context, there were times when it either took awhile for me to figure it out, or I never quite figured it out at all. I wish there had been more explanations of everything, from the jargon to the virus that caused the society to be the way it is. Once word I did love in the novel, though: starcissistic. I thought that word was awesome, and complete accurate not just for the society in the novel, but for our society as well.
For me, Bumped just didn't work. I love the idea of it, but the elements of the story didn't come together for me the way they should have. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to read the rest of the series. Since Bumped fell flat for me, I'm not sure how I feel about reading the rest of the series when I feel like the other novels will probably also fall flat for me as well.
Overall rating: 2/5
Cover rating: 1/5