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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 Melodys 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.

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.

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"McCafferty proves that dystopias don't have to be dreary to be provocative. A virus has left everyone over the age of 18 unable to procreate, making teenagers the only viable 'breeders' and spawning a pregnancy-obsessed future society. Chapters alternate between the perspectives of two 16-year-old twins, separated at birth: deeply religious Harmony, raised in god-fearing, vaguely Amish 'Goodside,' and Melody, whose adoptive parents have been crafting her into the perfect Reproduction Professional or RePro, sought by wealthy, barren couples. McCafferty (the Jessica Darling series) has enormous fun in her first YA novel: tweens, aka 'nubie-pubies,' try on Preggerz FunBumps, designed to mimic pregnancy; expectant teens munch on Folato Chips for folic acid boosts; and slang like 'fertilicious,' 'terminal,' and 'barren' is used with abandon. Yet she also raises challenging questions about individuality and morality. There's a predictable though entertaining identity switch, and readers must wait until the next book to learn if these girls end up with the lives (and guys) they want. The book's carefree sexuality and exploitation makes it uncomfortable, scandalous, and not easily forgotten — there's little doubt that's exactly what McCafferty is going for. Ages 14 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

About the Author

Megan McCafferty is the author of Bumped as well as the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series, which includes Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, and Perfect Fifths. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her family.

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Love_J, April 4, 2012 (view all comments by Love_J)
When I first stumbled upon this book I honestly didn't know what to think. I pegged Bumped for some weird story that seemed so out there that I thought "What the heck." After finishing the book I think McCafferty did a wonderful job on keeping her readers hooked and allowing us to develop a connection with both Harmony and Melody. Bumped is more than just some 16 And Pregnant MTV show turned into a novel it gives whole new meaning to the word "preggo." Harmony, adopted by a family in Goodside, a religious town that doesn't wear dressed above the ankle, wears gloves, and a veil to protect their modesty. This is a town where the moment Harmony began her "blooming" she was to be betrothed to a boy of the councils choosing, until she asked too many questions. At 16 she discovers that she has an identical twin sister named Melody who was raised by her adoptive parents who have been preparing her for a platinum surrogate contract to "bump" but, she's not so sure that's what she wants anymore. I really enjoyed Bumped and I can't wait to read the next installment: Bumped and Thumped.

The only downside the lingo was so intense half the time I couldn't figure out what they were talking about and I found myself rereading conversations just to understand.
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Love_J, April 4, 2012 (view all comments by Love_J)
When I first stumbled upon this book I honestly didn't know what to think. I pegged Bumped for some weird story that seemed so out there that I thought "What the heck." After finishing the book I think McCafferty did a wonderful job on keeping her readers hooked and allowing us to develop a connection with both Harmony and Melody. Bumped is more than just some 16 And Pregnant MTV show turned into a novel it gives whole new meaning to the word "preggo." Harmony, adopted by a family in Goodside, a religious town that doesn't wear dressed above the ankle, wears gloves, and a veil to protect their modesty. This is a town where the moment Harmony began her "blooming" she was to be betrothed to a boy of the councils choosing, until she asked too many questions. At 16 she discovers that she has an identical twin sister named Melody who was raised by her adoptive parents who have been preparing her for a platinum surrogate contract to "bump" but, she's not so sure that's what she wants anymore. I really enjoyed Bumped and I can't wait to read the next installment: Bumped and Thumped.

The only downside the lingo was so intense half the time I couldn't figure out what they were talking about and I found myself rereading conversations just to understand.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Love_J, April 4, 2012 (view all comments by Love_J)
When I first stumbled upon this book I honestly didn't know what to think. I pegged Bumped for some weird story that seemed so out there that I thought "What the heck." After finishing the book I think McCafferty did a wonderful job on keeping her readers hooked and allowing us to develop a connection with both Harmony and Melody. Bumped is more than just some 16 And Pregnant MTV show turned into a novel it gives whole new meaning to the word "preggo." Harmony, adopted by a family in Goodside, a religious town that doesn't wear dressed above the ankle, wears gloves, and a veil to protect their modesty. This is a town where the moment Harmony began her "blooming" she was to be betrothed to a boy of the councils choosing, until she asked too many questions. At 16 she discovers that she has an identical twin sister named Melody who was raised by her adoptive parents who have been preparing her for a platinum surrogate contract to "bump" but, she's not so sure that's what she wants anymore. I really enjoyed Bumped and I can't wait to read the next installment: Bumped and Thumped.

The only downside the lingo was so intense half the time I couldn't figure out what they were talking about and I found myself rereading conversations just to understand.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061962745
Author:
Mccafferty, Megan
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Author:
McCafferty, Megan
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Dating and Sex
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110426
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.80 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McCafferty proves that dystopias don't have to be dreary to be provocative. A virus has left everyone over the age of 18 unable to procreate, making teenagers the only viable 'breeders' and spawning a pregnancy-obsessed future society. Chapters alternate between the perspectives of two 16-year-old twins, separated at birth: deeply religious Harmony, raised in god-fearing, vaguely Amish 'Goodside,' and Melody, whose adoptive parents have been crafting her into the perfect Reproduction Professional or RePro, sought by wealthy, barren couples. McCafferty (the Jessica Darling series) has enormous fun in her first YA novel: tweens, aka 'nubie-pubies,' try on Preggerz FunBumps, designed to mimic pregnancy; expectant teens munch on Folato Chips for folic acid boosts; and slang like 'fertilicious,' 'terminal,' and 'barren' is used with abandon. Yet she also raises challenging questions about individuality and morality. There's a predictable though entertaining identity switch, and readers must wait until the next book to learn if these girls end up with the lives (and guys) they want. The book's carefree sexuality and exploitation makes it uncomfortable, scandalous, and not easily forgotten — there's little doubt that's exactly what McCafferty is going for. Ages 14 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.
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