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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.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, [2011]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062076977
Branch Call Number: FICTION McC
Description: 1 online resource (323 pages)
Audience: 014-up
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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In this dystopia, everyone over 18 is infertile. To solve this problem, girls are selected to carry babies in their teens and paid handsomely. When 16-year-old Melody is chosen to "bump" with a famous guy, she also finds out she has a twin sister with very different beliefs.

In this dystopia, everyone over 18 is infertile. To solve this problem, girls are selected to carry babies in their teens and paid handsomely. When sixteen-year-old Melody is chosen to "bump" with a famous guy, she also finds out she has a twin sister with very different beliefs.

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kelly_williams Jul 23, 2017

I just can't make up my mind, whether I like this book or not. I don't think I do, to be honest- I won't read it again. While it is thought-provoking, it's really only in a Handmaid's Tale kind of way. I couldn't help but see the similarities between the two books.
The lingo starts out hard to understand, and then you'll find yourself thinking in their terms.
I really thought that this book would be wildly different than it was. The religious tones were strange to me- was the author a fan of cult-like experiences, or not? Is she mocking them, or not?
It was entertaining enough to finish, but not to buy, or read again.

Jun 24, 2017

this book is really fun but kind of hard to understand in some parts. Once you catch on it is fun though

mmg2681 Sep 01, 2014

I had a hard time getting into the book, but once I did, I couldnt stop reading it. Very interesting, even though it left you guessing at the very end! I want to know how the story continues! :-)

Dec 24, 2013

Megan McCafferty’s “Bumped” is an interesting read. The plot, theme and characters are very different then our time now. It is very interesting to learn about these characters. The two main characters; Melody and Harmony, are identical twin sisters who have been separated at birth. Both of them have not met until one day, Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Both twins have been very different from each others lives! Melody scored an enviable conception contract with a daring couple called the Jaydens. While the Jaydens were searching for a perfect partner for Melody to “bump” with, she was fighting for her attraction to her best friend, Zen. Zen by the way is too short for her job! On the other hand, Harmony has spent her whole life in Good-Side, a religious community preparing to be a wife and mother. When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jonoe, both girls’ lives change forever. This book will surely give you the excitement desired! It is simply “brilliant, innovative, and slightly terrifying” – Carolyn Macker. Brilliant because the whole idea of the book was just mind-blowing. It very different from the real world, which gave it an exciting push. Terrifying because, in the real world it was not a very good thing to be pregnant at such a young age! But apparently you had to be pregnant at that age in this book! I would recommend this book to anyone because it is just a roller coaster ride. You are going to love reading it!

Dec 01, 2013

This book was interesting to read. From the description, I wasn't so sure, but I did end up enjoying it; another book I read in a day. I hope Ms. McCafferty does write a sequel, because I really want to know what happens with Harmony and Ram, and Melody and Zen.

Jul 31, 2013

It was slow to begin with then it started getting exciting and interesting i think its a pretty good book but i hated the ending..but i dont know if there is a sequel though, but anyway its a good book read it!! i give like 3 1/2 to 4 stars. =)

Jul 17, 2013

I haven`t read this yet but I`m planning to. For those of you who obviously loved it: the idea is not original, as I remember reading a similar novel in university called the Handmaid`s Tale.

Apr 18, 2013

This book was extremely thought-provoking and maintained a core of warmth that kept me tied. I enjoyed how societal and familial themes were targeted in such an unexpected world of breeding.

Mar 30, 2013

Very interesting story kinda of werid. But wants to make you read more to figure this out

Jan 15, 2013

The idea behind this story was interesting. A mysterious virus leaving those over 18 unable to have children and instead rely on teens to do it for them. It really changes the view on teen pregnancy. Teens are encouraged to have sex and babies for profit and are actually doing it in order to achieve a better education. As Melody and Harmony come to discover each other and the harsh realities of teen pregnancies and the adult society selling off their daughters bodies to the highest bidder. I was a bit confused with all the new lingo and the society in general. Though we know it takes place in the future (2036) we don't learn much about the technologies (MiNet, Auto drive cars etc.) besides what the characters share, which isn't much since they all know what it is.

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bookgeek101 Dec 29, 2012

Coarse Language: They swear, but it isn't ery noticable. The word most used word is the f-word.

bookgeek101 Dec 29, 2012

Sexual Content: They talk about reproducing and about sex in general but nothing excplicit. A few innuendos.

Aug 14, 2012

Other: but overall verrrrry good book despite all that.

Aug 14, 2012

Sexual Content: slight sexual content.

Aug 14, 2012

Coarse Language: the f word a couple of times.


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Dec 18, 2011

Bumped is the story of Melody, a typical high school girl living in a dystopian society where a Virus has made all people over the age of 18 barren (unable to have kids). The government decides to pay teenage girls and boys to "bump", as in, pay to have kids. Melody has a contract to "bump" for a family, but she (at the beginning) is not pregnant. Melody finds out that she has a twin named Harmony, who has lived her entire life in Goodside, a church-oriented, somewhat Amish-resembling society. Harmony comes to see Melody, trying to convert her. In Goodside, they believing that getting pregnant for profit is a sin. This book chronicles Melody and Harmony's journey...their sister journey, boys, and a lot of other adventures. This book is good, though a bit confusing, at times.


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