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Blogger Book Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 7, 2011

Good morning, inkpoppers! Less than two weeks ago we welcomed author Megan McCafferty for an inkpop Live Chat regarding her debut YA dystopian satirical novel Bumped, and today we bring you a review of that very book from April of the blog Good Books and Good Wine.

About literature, April says “When it comes to books, I have many loves. I am poly-amorous. Among my all time favorites are ‘The Once And Future King’ by TH White, ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Norman Juster, ‘The Mists of Avalon’ by Marion Zimmer Bradley, ‘A People’s History of the United States’ by Howard Zinn, ‘Anne of Green Gables’ by LM Montgomery, ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak, ‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss, and the list goes on.” Visit April at Good Books and Good Wine for more reviews; for now, settle down with Bumped.

“The other day as I sat in the dentist chair while getting my teeth prodded with a sharp metal rod, a commercial for ‘Teen Mom 2’ came on the tv. I go to a fancy dentist, with HD TVs in all of the examining rooms. It’s awesome. Anyways, while watching that commercial, I thought oh hey it would be a great time to write my review of ‘Bumped’ by Megan McCafferty. You know, what with the similar themes and all.

“‘Bumped’ is the story of twin teenage girls not from ‘Sweet Valley High’. One of these twins is totes down for sexytimes, but only if the price is right. AND NO, she is not a hooker. You see, the society featured in Bumped prominently has teenage girls pregging for profit and getting bumping contracts. After a certain age, one becomes infertile, so that youthful uterus is super valuable because old people can’t have kids. Anyways, you make a lot of bank pregging for profit if you have good genes.

“The twins, Melody and Harmony were separated at birth. Melody was adopted by a well-to-do family, and raised in a very secular fashion. Melody has been given every advantage and has taken lessons and participated in activities to raise her earning potential when she pregs for profit. Harmony, on the other hand, got adopted by the Church and went to this compound called Goodside, where all of the Church people live.

“I found Melody to be a bit bratty. I mean, I get why she’s that way — because she wants mad profits from bumping. She is under a lot of pressure, plus her adoptive parents have a stake in her bumping profits. So, when Harmony shows up on her doorstep, Melody isn’t exactly excited. Yet, Melody isn’t always heinous. In fact, she shows her true colors and reveals herself as a caring, genuine person beneath the slang and urge to bump.

“Harmony, unlike other reviewers, was my favorite perspective to read. She’s definitely churchy and devout. Yet, she also questions her religion. I can relate to that. I used to get dragged to church two days a week AND get shipped off to church camp every summer. Yep, I used to be God fearing girl, but then I changed. And, I think the questioning of faith that Harmony goes through is definitely something that I can relate to.

“The satire in ‘Bumped’ is brilliant. Heck, I might as well just come out and say Megan McCafferty is brilliant. This is an incredibly smart book with astute observations of our society. I mean, sure we aren’t exactly at the same point as ‘Bumped’. Yet, we’ve made teenage pregnancy such a spectacle, from Bristol to ‘Teen Mom’, then we’ve got the budget fight over uterus control and planned parenthood. It makes sense that this novel, in MY interpretation takes on those fertility issues and our hypersexualized culture. I mean, I wonder if we ever will get to the point where people pregg for profit, it doesn’t seem so far off the mark to me.

“I won’t mention the boys, because that wasn’t the point of ‘Bumped’ for me. I will just end on the note, that if you are interested in satire, if you are down for new slang and a reformed churchy, you will enjoy ‘Bumped’. I hope.”

Thank you to April of Good Books and Good Wine for chatting with us about Bumped.

Over to you…have you read Bumped? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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