I decided to read this book because the whole concept seemed ridiculous and I am always up for satires. I’m glad that I did because I really enjoyed Bumped.
The reason I enjoyed Bumped so much was its quirkiness. I think a lot of people won’t understand what McCafferty is trying to do with this book and see that it is a satire on popular society. Yes, the characters are crazy and immature but that is part of the world that they are placed into. I have a feeling that these aspects will turn a lot of people off of these books, but if you can see the bigger picture of this book as a satire, you will enjoy it a lot more.
I found Thumped was a little too out there for me. While I enjoyed it, I found it a little too over the top at times. I think I would have preferred if both books were combined into one and left at that but I was happy with the way things concluded.
If you like satires and are under the age of 20, you will probably get a lot more out of these books than others. Otherwise, avoid because you probably won’t like the characters or the whole concept of the books.
Similar Reads: Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden Trilogy #1)
Synopsis for Bumped (from Goodreads):
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.