A virus has swept the world, making everyone over the age of eighteen infertile. Teenagers are now the most prized members of society, and would-be parents. 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. Bumped by Megan McCafferty In the future, a virus has come along that makes people over the age of 18 sterile. I don’t know what it is with.

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Bumped Summary & Study Guide

Return to Book Page. Preview — Bumped by Megan McCafferty. When bumpex 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 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.

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, bunped 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. A case of mistaken bh takes them on a journey neither could have buped imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA ,ccafferty common.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable. Hardcoverpages. Princeton, New JerseyUnited States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bumpedplease sign up. Is this book good for a thirteen year old if your parents don’t care what you read?

Lia I would say NO! Read when you’re older. Is this ok for a mature 14 year old? Melissa As a 7th grade teacher, I would say yes. There are some mature themes and obviously it’s about teens getting pregnant but it isn’t explicit at all. See all 6 questions about Bumped…. Lists with This Book. So, Melody and Harmony are our two main characters. And guess what – they’re twins! Not that they are bad names, but twins named Melody and Harmony?!


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 Twinwho is the first one we are introduced to and uses excessive amounts of future slang, and Religious Twinwho 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 happen Right off the bat, the “lingo” hit me bumpd 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 There’s my Northerner side. In the Part One, they had some new madey-upy biofrantonkulous slangifiedness almost every third or bunped word. It just didn’t flow right. It felt forced and stunted; not to bujped, it made me hy with all the neggy-and-preggy-fullification.

Then there is the religious speak. I am myself a very spiritual person, but this was just too much. Growing up in Christian schools my entire life, I know first hand that teenagers, especially, just do not talk like that.

Religious Twin actually compares her love interest to She says something to the effect of “He looks the way Jesus does in my dreams. This takes the whole everything-glorious-and-perfect-love-interest thing to an entirely new and disturbing level.

Yes, and the guy she compares to Jesus is the same guy that called having sex with her – “pro-boner” work.

Bumped Summary & Study Guide

The only semi-normal, semi-acceptable, semi-catchy phrase to come out of this: Maybe this part of the book would resonate more with younger teen girls, who still have delusions of mystery surrounding the complexities of inventing new slang and get a thrill from deciphering what their friend’s “secret codes” say.


But I’m over it. Unless it feels natural and relative to the fictional world. To me, this didn’t. Maybe I’m just too old for this shiznit. In Part One, we experience something called reverse info-dumping. Pages and pages of indistinct and unexplained terminology and culture references. Then at the beginning of Part Two and about one quarter into the book, the writing takes a fairly drastic turn. The mccacferty overabundant slang use subsides and becomes bearable.

Yet still not entirely believable.

Another problem is the subject matter. I feel it is almost too sensitive for preteensso I’m left wondering what demographic this is aimed at. The written material is too sexualized for the young, but the writing itself is almost too young for anyone older. It is hazy on whether or not “bumped” means to “have sex with” or to “get pregnant with” or both combined into one word.

As this quote from Zen, one of the love interests, demonstrates: No one pays to bump with a guy who’s five-foot-seven-and-a-half.

But, geez, was that really so difficult? With such a grim premise, humans not being able to procreate after the age of eighteen, I guess I was expecting a darker aura about the book. It feels much too light and fluffy. Both girls are shallow, only thinking of either getting pregnant or serving the Lord. I remember being a teenager, since it wasn’t that long ago; most teens have so much more on their minds than that.

It just wasn’t believable at all. I will admit to giggling quite a bit, but usually it was over the ridiculousness of the slang and the shallow characterizations of the girls. Religion plays a large role in this book and the one idea that I really related to is that you can turn away from the church without turning away from your faith.

This point was raised to Religious Twin toward the end of the book. I completely recognize and understand that people WILL like this. I think a large part of the audience will be curious younger girls just starting to get interested in sexual activity. My biggest problem is the feel of the book. It seems too perky and wow-look-how-great-it-is-to-be-pregnant for a large part of the book.

It rarely seems to imply that being a pregnant teen is not all rainbows and butterfly kisses. In order to get that message across, the entire book would need to be infinitely darker. But I do think that a lot of teen girls will find this super fun. Personally, I found that I was constantly wanting to smack myself to see if I was dreaming this ridiculousness. Because I wanted to like it.

I really, really wanted to like it.