Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

# of Pages:  323

RAC Book:  Yes

Melody has been groomed her entire life by her overzealous adoptive parents to be a desirable candidate for college, jobs, and everything in life.  They even predicted the potential of selling her fertility as soon as a deadly virus made it impossible for anyone over the age of 20 to procreate.  Melody received a very lucrative offer that included a signing bonus and college tuition, but her clients have taken almost two years to find her a mate to “bump” with.  Meanwhile, her twin sister, Harmony, has learned that her and Melody were separated at birth and wants to find her sister.  Harmony was taken in by those who follow the religious life and do not believe in “selling” babies.  She hopes to save Melody from her choices before it is too late.

This book is unique and memorable, which can be difficult in this genre.  The characters are interesting, but it’s the story that will grab readers’ attention.  This society is so well crafted and the conclusion that there are professional babymakers may sound crazy, but the media and propaganda in the book are so similar to ours that it makes it seem possible.  The ideas of religion and how it plays into such a society are handled nicely with no quick fixes or preaching, but merely questions for the reader and characters to think about.  The sanctity of life is also another overarching theme that many young readers do not take time to think about, but should.  The relationship between the twin sisters has some unbelievable moments, such as when Melody forgives Harmony for something a bit too easily.  However, the book sets up nicely for a sequel and readers will be dying to learn what happens to these characters.

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5 Responses to “Bumped by Megan McCafferty”


  1. 1 Jenny July 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Holy cow does this sound like a good read.

  2. 2 cortneymschmidt August 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hello, I was wondering if I could give you a free copy of my book to review?

    • 3 manderse11 September 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      If you send me a copy I would be happy to review it.

      Dowling Catholic High School
      Attn: Megan Andersen
      1400 Buffalo Road
      West Des Moines, IA 50265

  3. 4 Anonymous August 19, 2011 at 12:19 am

    this looks like a pretty good book

  4. 5 ladystingray September 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    I really liked this book. I thought it was hilarious, though kind of hard to start since so much of the information is assumed. And I wouldn’t really categorize it as a romance, I thought it was more of a dystopian.


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