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Bumped [PDF / EPUB] Bumped 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 spor 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 foodSixteen 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 jobHarmony 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 fromWhen 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 muchthan just DNA in commonFrom New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood in a future that is eerily believable.

    EPUB is an ebook file format 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 fromWhen 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 muchthan just DNA in commonFrom New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood in a future that is eerily believable."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 326 pages
  • Bumped
  • Megan McCafferty
  • English
  • 20 February 2019
  • 9780061962745

About the Author: Megan McCafferty

Megan McCafferty writes fiction for tweens, teens and teens at heart of all ages The author of eleven novels, she s best known for SLOPPY FIRSTS and four sequels in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series She s got two new books coming out in TRUE TO YOUR SELFIE MG, , and THE MALL YA, Wednesday Books, Described in her first review as Judy Blume.



10 thoughts on “Bumped

  1. says:

    So, Melody and Harmony are our two main characters And guess what they re twins Naw.really Not that they are bad names, but twins named Melody and Harmony Cliche much The similar names also made it very difficult to keep straight on who was who The perspective jumps back and forth between the two of them just about every couple pages or so The breakneck speed of the switches makes it difficult to develop a connection to the characters or keep track of what in the heehaw is goin on Sorry, when I get frustrated the Southern comes out So Melody, or is it Harmony, or Symphony No, I think it s Rhythm Hell, I can t keep them straight, so I will call them Future Twin, who is the first one we are introduced to and uses excessive amounts of future slang, and Religious Twin, who is the second and religious fanatic type.Future Twin and Religious Twin are sixteen and are just meeting for the first time Future Twin has loaned out her body to bump and then deliver a baby to sell to the highest bidder Religious Twin has come to find her and save her soul Religious Twin then proceeds to impersonate Future Twin when the guy who s supposed to bump her comes around, because she somehow believes this will help save Future Twin s soul But instead a whole lot of complicated things start to happenRight off the bat, the lingo hit me like a back handed slap from my momma Okay, so I don t actually call her Momma And my mom would never really hit me Except for that one time She threatened to spank me with a wooden spoon and then she DID Yeah, I laughed too while she was doing it Anywho Oh hey There s my Northerner side view spoiler No, I m not schizophrenic view spoiler Just a Heinz 57 from a mix of places in the US hide spoiler

  2. says:

    Wha wha WHAAT What just happened there Okay, let s start at the beginning Bumped is a dystopian novel set in 2035 where a virus has wiped out the ability of every person over the age of eighteen to reproduce Why eighteen How eighteen Does the virus come built in with an age o meter that tells it when to strike The population is rapidly declining, leaving only one section of the planet capable of procreating The teenagers At the point at which this novel starts, it is already established that there is a flourishing trade in surrogacy, it being accepted practice for teenagers to have sex with the intent of producing a baby that is then given away for adoption to older couples who can no longer reproduce The surrogate mothers are divided into two groups, the Reproductive Professionals RePros who are stringently scrutinized on a genetic level to ensure their acceptability, and then paired with another hand picked sperm donor The babies of the RePros are optioned for large sums of money even before the reproductive process begins The other group are the amateurs, people who pick their own partners, and either donate their babies pro bono or put them up for adoption in a public auction The entire process is facilitated by the administration of a drug called Tocin that acts as an aphrodisiac during intercourse, and later, during pregnancy, serves to sever the chemical bond between mother and child in order to ensure that the mother does not become broody and insist on keeping her child Megan McCafferty s world building is detailed and convincing, for the most part She establishes a whole new society with new laws, new regulations, new s and even a new slanguage, all revolving around this new world where the only hope for the advancement of the planet are the youth literally This is a world where sex is a business for teenagers, where lovemaking is looked down upon and peer pressure makes questioning the system an impossibility And on the other hand are the trubies , the members of the Church who segregate themselves in communal settlements and are forbidden to leave the settlements except for missionary or agricultural purposes The segregation works to the benefit of Church members, in that the incidence of the virus is significantly lower amongst them However, the Church society is rigidly moral and fanatically religious, adhering to an outmoded code of behavior that condemns pre marital sex, instigates marriages at age thirteen or so, and abhors technology cough Amish cough I hope you read the above bits of the review before you get started on the book, because McCafferty goes to the other extreme from infodump writing She s stingy with information, and sly about it She slips vital bits of information into random conversations all over the book, so blink and you ll miss it This also makes the first fourth of the book heavy going, until you get a firmer grasp on the world building and slanguage I can confidently say that no book in recent times has made me think as much as Bumped With The Hunger Games, the dystopia was cut in stone, unquestionable the lessons it imparted were equally clear and unmistakable But with Bumped, it s a different situation altogether Firstly, I had to look up the definition of dystopia , because the tone of the book did not match my idea of what a dystopian society should sound like And indeed, in the strictest sense of the word, Bumped is not a dystopia According to the dictionary, dystopia is a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease and overcrowding Wikipedia goes on to inform me that a dystopian society usually features different kinds of repressive social control systems, a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions and constant states of warfare or violence On the face of it, you can t call the society in Bumped dystopian There is no squalor, human misery or overcrowding than there is in any normal society Not much disease, either, except for the biggie, the Human Progressive Sterility Virus There are no overt repressive social control systems, no lack of individual freedoms and no warfare or violence There is no mandate that says all teenagers MUST get pregnant BUT, and this is a big but, there is an underlying nuance of oppression, of enforced choices Nobody made a law saying everybody must get pregnant, but the society has restructured itself in such a way that people NOT making the attempt to create babies are looked upon as both unpatriotic and non productive members of society Teenagers, one of the easiest age groups to influence, have been brainwashed into thinking that it is just and right for them to become baby making machines to sell off their virginity, their womb and their right to a childhood in exchange for a secure future and prestige amongst their peers Babies are bought and sold like goods in a market, and nobody questions this outrage it is simply accepted Into this scenario come Harmony and Melody, monozygotic identical twins separated at birth Both have been raised in completely different environments that have no meeting point Harmony has been given to a Church family to be raised, and is, at first glance, a devout Church member with a loving family, full of missionary zeal Melody has been raised in a life of privilege, by educated, affluent parents in a suburb of Princeton She s the ideal RePro, with a contract amounting to six figures, and the perfect face, body and mind to ensure an enviable genetic heritage for her child But slowly, the surface layer peels off to reveal the deeper truths both sisters are hiding Despite being from vastly differing different backgrounds, both twins have a questioning bent of mind, in societies where questioning the norm is not encouraged They are both clinging to the ideas and beliefs they have been brought up with, in the hopes of shoring up a fast degrading faith in the rightness of society as it is If there is one complaint I have to make about Harmony and Melody, it is in McCafferty s characterization of them As vehicles to question the norms of the world they live in, they are perfect But McCafferty appears to have become so enad of their purpose that they lose their identity as people There is too much happening around them, and to them but the change that is caused within them by these events is left a little too much to the reader s powers of deduction McCafferty spends so much time building her society that the human aspect of the relationship between the two sisters suffers They spend hardly any time together as a result, their eventual bonding feels contrived Zen, too, is a character with great potential for being interesting, but he doesn t get enough page space to translate the potential into reality The premise of Bumped also highlights another issue that I have been pondering for a while the question of whether a book about teenagers is always necessarily a Young Adult book I found Bumped to be a highly sexual read, and perhaps a little too sophisticated ideologically for the YA group You don t need to describe MasSex orgies or RePro sessions in detail in order to introduce a sexual element into a book In fact, McCafferty has done it in an effortlessly ungraphic way But there is no denying that a book that deals with the question of reproductive choice is of necessity sexual Added to it are the numerous sexual double entendres peppering the conversation of every character in the book It s almost horrifying how casually these teenagers accept the idea of sex and toss around words like pro boner and hornergy and everythingbut as in, everything but sex No doubt this is the point that is intended to be driven home, but in a genre ruled by the Mormon clique, I am not sure how positively this portrayal will be received While this review, and the subject matter are somewhat sombre, kudos to Megan McCafferty for lightening the tone of the book Despite what lies beneath, the actual tone of the book is much lighter, satirical than introspective It s not a hard read emotionally but it is intellectually stimulating.Bumped is undoubtedly one of the most interesting books I have read in a long, long time However, I cannot begin to describe my frustration with how the book ends It s like finding a beautiful first edition copy of a classic, and then discovering that the critical last pages are missing I think this is intended to be a series, although I can find no indication of it on her website, but it MUST be so, because that ending doesn t really qualify as an ending I was just left dangling from a rope with no safety net in sight Where is my neatly wrapped up, all ends tied HEA This is definitely a book worth reading, one that I would recommend without hesitation Four stars for some great world building and innovative ideas Minus one star for some clunky sentence structure, excessive use of slanguage, insufficient character development, the slow beginning and THAT ENDING P.S I think the cover for this book is one of the most adorable things I ve seen in forever DISCLOSURE I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Net Galley No considerations, monetary or otherwise influenced this review.

  3. says:

    2.5I did another video review for this one and if you want to watch it, you can here But if you re not into video reviews, here s a brief written review, in the language of Bumped It was like, rilly rilly all about young girls pregging for money Like, for seriously young But it was okay, cause they were being, like, patriotic, and all the hot girls go Pro anyway, and it s just a delivery, so who cares And if creepy old guy agents are making you major bank on that pregg, and your creepy parents are encouraging it, and you get to bump with like, the hawtest hunkaspunk in, I dunno, the whole Uni, then why the eff not, right And, so, yeah, sometimes people die or have, like postpartum pyschosis, but it just means that they are rilly, like, not ProAm material, they are totally neggy.But there are these Churchies, too, and they are total creepers who believe in keeping their preggs and having like, lots of them And they want you to have god, and be obedient and whatevs, but maybe they wouldn t mind a little erection perfection themselves But, yeah, they re still creepy So when these 2 sisters, one who s totally going to bump with, like, the cockjockey, and one who s like a total Churchie, get together, it s like for seriously predictable, and is rilly gonna get banned for like sex religion stuff Like total Sexigion And yeah, some neggy people are going to be all like Oh, where s the science Why don t they just do like, artificial bumpage, blahblahblah But that s just cause neggy people don t get it, right Cause it s satire, bitches.Oh, and it for seriously ends in the middle of a scene in a rilly irritating way.

  4. says:

    I suspect that for some, the amount of enjoyment and or engagement they experience while reading Bumped will be directly proportional to the manner in which they approach it.It s just a theory, and I can t speak for anyone but myself, but I do think that an analysis of Bumped needs to take into account the angle a person has chosen to read it from Taken at face value, there is content and style to the story that some readers may find problematic or even objectionable Read as a satirical take on current trends, though, Bumped presents some intelligent, relevant commentary on social and economic pressure and the extent to which it shapes our views.I m not sure that I would say I liked this book, in the sense in which I would normally apply the word But I was quite fascinated by the themes and interested to see how they would be developed In truth, at times it was an uncomfortable book for me to read But perhaps that was entirely the point Bumped takes place in a not too distant future, where a virus has caused the onset of infertility between the ages of eighteen and twenty, and teen pregnancy has become a matter of profit and prestige Bumping and pregging are governed by contractual obligations, managed by agents, watched avidly through the hyperactive lens of extreme social media High school is divided not so much on the lines of the popular and the unpopular , but the amateurs and the pros The girls with six figures riding on their six month baby bellies, and the girls hoping to profit on an un contracted knock up The guys who are stud material, and the guys who don t make the reproaesthetical grade.For the most part, I bought this as a premise McCafferty s world has its roots in our own, amplifying the present reality into an exaggerated future possibility I could get behind this concept than I could, say, love is a disease Every female dies at 20 I mean no disrespect to those books, but by comparison, I found this vision of the future plausible Or least, I didn t have to suspend as much belief This is Sixteen and Pregnant , peer pressure, social media, and economic upheaval dialled up to eleven and heavily distorted.Hand in hand with this setting is quite a lot of stylised slang and terminology Bumped is thick with future speak and technological references it took me ages to work out what all the winking and blinking was about although maybe I m just exceptionally slow on the uptake and this can be somewhat distracting, as there is not a lot of accompanying explanation Given its prevalence, you either won t mind the language and will adjust quickly, or it will drive you absolutely crazy Aside from this, I did enjoy the writing The chapters are quite short and while occasionally this caused some blurring between the characters for me, I did like the flow and rhythm to the book Bumped is told through the dual perspectives of identical twins Melody and Harmony, separated at birth and unexpectedly re united at sixteen Melody is a trailblazer of the pregging for profit trend, holding a lucrative conception contract and awaiting the selection of a suitable partner to bump with, under pressure to seal the deal before her days of fertility are up and she enters her obsolesence Harmony has been raised in a fundamentalist community, and believes it is her duty to convince her long lost sister of the sinfulness of her choice to procreate outside of marriage.The way both Melody and Harmony are presented may not be easy for all to stomach Taking a step back from these characters, though, there are similarities than differences I think it may be a little short sighted to see this merely as the religious and secular going head to head Let s face it, very few would step out of that ring not nursing some wounds of offence, regardless of which side their personal convictions are closely aligned with.To me this was a story about two girls who are each confined by the wildly opposing moral and social strictures governing their societies Two girls undergoing a shift in perception, both of themselves and each other Learning to recognise the influences and demands on their lives, and whether to choose to embrace or reject these This is not to say that I either agree or disagree with the portrayals of the characters, teen pregnancy or religion in this book, as I found parts in both narratives to be problematic at times However, I could appreciate that a large part of this story is about gaining insight into other viewpoints, and becoming self determined in the face of incredible pressure from peers, parents and society To vilify one side of the world McCafferty presents would be to overlook the fact that both tie the value of women to their ability to conceive and bear children, and both inflict some extreme levels of pressure on young people to conform to the accepted procreative norm Interestingly, there is not a lot of detail around whether there are people who don t fall within either the Goodside or Otherside communities, as they are referred to by Harmony These are two narrow extremes, and I can t help but speculate that there must be others who would not claim affinity with either set of beliefs, just as there are today.This is a polarising book in many ways The writing, style, subject matter, and the depiction of the characters will court strong opinions either way not all will find it accessible There are some scenes that are deliberately, I suspect incredibly skin crawly like young girls trying on fake baby bumps, the rampant sexualisation and view spoiler a pregnant pre teen hide spoiler

  5. says:

    A virus has made everyone over the age of eighteen infertile so young teens are being used as surrogates while they are able to conceive making teens the most prized members of society Sixteen year old twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth but have now been reunited and learning just how different but alike that they are Melody has obtained a conception contract with the Jaydens but while searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is not a good partner Harmony on the other hand has been raised in a religious community and is set to marry and become a good wife instead of getting involved in the high profits of carrying others babies The whole idea behind Bumped seemed like a really interesting idea that I had high hopes for but when finished I was left with a bit of a let down feeling This whole futuristic society seemed to just be set around naming things with different words but not really explaining what or how things got to where they were in such a short time While I wanted to the world building and plot I also found that I felt the characters were a tad irritating to me at times too for a personal reasoning I m not really a fan of the idea of religion being pushed upon others so when I was introduced to Harmony in the story I really didn t care for her but that may just be me and it might not bother others Otherwise, there were little details in the story I was also questioning or just didn t care for too which didn t help my enjoyment level at all with this one In the end, this just wasn t for me unfortunately I m sure some will love it but I just didn t find myself enjoying the way it was done after finding the idea incredibly interesting.

  6. says:

    This was a YA dystopian story about a world where people went sterile around the age of 20.The characters in this were okay, although Harmony didn t behave quite the way I expected her to considering that she wanted her sister to find God, yet then did something that went against what she herself believed.The storyline in this had some good ideas, but the way the book was written was a little odd There were also quite a few made up words, and some odd things like condoms being illegal The basic story was entertaining though, and I did enjoy it.The ending to this was okay, and I will be reading the sequel to find out what happens next.6.5 out of 10

  7. says:

    This book was definitely not for me I have so far liked the dystopian books I have read, but this felt like an infomercial for teen pregnancy than about a world gone bad The story is basically about what happens when a virus hits the US making it to where every person is barren after the age of 18 To make sure the human race stays populated adults start looking to teens, and I mean starting at age 13, to help them have there dream babies Well after a couple of years of this teens and their parents start demanding compensation for their troubles and buying a baby ends up having a whole new meaning So begins the tale of Melody, one of the first teens to demand a contract, and Harmony, her long lost twin who ended up in a church congregation that believes teens who provide this bumping service need to stop and find God The story leads us into what happens when Harmony comes in contact with her sister for the first time and how maybe this whole buying babies may not be the right answer.Even though this whole idea scares me to death I might have liked the book a little better if the author hadn t glorified teen pregnancy so much I know that this world believes that teens are the answer but I had the feeling while I was reading that there was a hidden agenda and it gave me an icky feeling The biggest problem I had was why in the world did these teens have to bump aka have sex McCafferty created this world to be very high tech Throughout the book I kept thinking about the movie Back To the Future when Marty McFly goes into the future and you see all this high tech equipment With all of this high tech stuff I would have thought that she could have written a better way for these teens to become pregnant Again I felt that she glorified things a little too much Throughout most of the book I was cringing because of the extremes that some of these poor teens went through to get pregnant To give you an example the cheerclones had masSEXparties where the whole point is to try and get pregnant at the same time and the guys get to pretty much have sex with as many girls as possible This is gross and in this day and age where so many teen girls think that getting pregnant is fun I think this send the wrong message It is not until the end of the book that Melody starts rethinking her decision to be an incubator and by this time so many things have happened that it really makes no difference This book was not wrapped up at all and there is a cliff hanger ending Oh and the slang that the author used I couldn t grasp until about halfway through the book I think she needs a glossary in the book because even now I can t explain most of the technology and even certain word mean.I am not everybody and I know quite a few people who liked this book but it just wasn t for me.

  8. says:

    I ll be honest I ve been DREADING writing this review I was SO looking forward to this book I just couldn t wait to get my hands on it I loved McCafferty s Jessica Darling series and I couldn t wait to read her first attempt at Dystopian fic, one of my favorite genres Imagine my absolute delight when I received an Advanced Review Copy of this bad boy sigh As you ve probably guessed by now, this book was a huge disappointment McCafferty s writing is still there Funny, sparkly, witty, and everything else that made Jessica Darling so fun to read However, the premise for the book, while intended to be satirical, just did not work AT ALL The idea is simple, albeit far fetched For some unknown reason that is not developed some kind of virus , humans somehow lose the ability to procreate after the age of 18 Why 18 is the cut off date is never discussed So, as a result, teenagers become a hot commodity for their wonderful gestational abilities, and are hired to make babies for older adults who can pay to adopt them I should have known just how committed McCafferty was going to be to making this new dystopian society realistic Her writing is always current, full of social commentary why wouldn t a dystopian society be the same However, the society that we re landed in is just ridiculous I get it, it s supposed to be a satire the idea of children, no babies, having babies and being absolutely obsessed with sex is supposed to be exaggerated I just couldn t get past how ignorant the characters sounded, nor could I ever really quite catch on to the cheesy invented lingo The characters they were okay The alternating narratives were jarring at times Melody was far interesting than Harmony, but quite frankly, I kept getting confused in the beginning by who was who because their names were so similar Melody was smart and funny, and I liked her voice I wanted to smack Harmony most of the time The ending was much too rushed and not really resolved in any way It felt contrived sigh I m still so disappointed I m still a huge fan of McCafferty s I hope she goes back to writing Contemporary YA.

  9. says:

    Ugh Having enjoyed the first two Jessica Darling novels, I was amused by Bumped s description as a dystopian world where only teenagers can procreate, due to a virus that renders every adult infertile McCafferty and HarperTeen introduce the book as stunningly close to home, given the new obsession with pregnant teens I tag this book dystopian with trepidation I get annoyed when writers don t do their homework You want to write a dystopian novel You have to think about stuff, okay Like how culture evolves, how trends form, what happens when something on the margin becomes the norm It helps if you read other proper dystopian novels, like 1984 dry and Brave New World less dry , or good YA contemporary examples Ship Breaker, Unwind, etc As an aside, I realize this is guy writer heavy never fear, I have read some LeGuin and will tackle Margaret Atwood next It also helps if you read academic stuff For instance, the virus McCafferty writes as the catalyst for this dystopia would be a total social fact, something that would permeate through all aspects of society Everything from religion to international trade would change I think I m mostly annoyed because apparently dystopian is the new big THING I hate the new anything First everyone wanted a slice of the wizarding school pie, now it s the vampire werewolf zombie steampunk fallen angel WHATEVER pie With The Hunger Games, it s like, ooh, dystopian pie Let me get some of that Apparently this has turned into a bit of a rant The premise of Bumped was an intriguing one, and McCafferty is a good writer but her style is much too light for what this book is trying to be A world where only teens can get pregnant is only funny as satire for a little bit, but if you start thinking about the economics, where girls can be sponsored to get pregnant by a genetically desirable guy, it stops being funny and starts being icky.

  10. says:

    I am really, really disappointed in this book I d been waiting for it for a while and when I got around to reading it, it was such a let down, in all ways I found the dystopian idea to be very intriguing, but the actual plot wasn t very strong I absolutely hated the way it was written and would probably go as far as saying it s one of the worst written books that I have read If I have to see the words rilly , neggers for seriously cock jockey or fertilicious again, I might scream This is either a classic case of the author trying to be too teen and failing or simply a horrendous choice of futuristic slang The characters weren t strong and Harmony and her preaching frankly just annoyed me from the beginning in fact, they were both irritating and pretty predictable A really disappointing book that just seemed to drag on, I certainly wouldn t recommend this.

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