I'm sure, that given the subject of teen pregnancies, this book will have lots of debatable conversation topics. I want to put it out there that this review is only my own opinion, and that your opinion may differ after reading Bumped. :)
Bumped was a very interesting read. I was SO excited to read it, and when I finally picked it up I had very mixed feelings. First thing's first, there was a lot of talk about sex and the nitty-gritty of childbirth in this book; conversations, jokes, songs, and then the real thing. Most of it was expertly written (with some nice, witty conversations), and I applaud Megan McCafferty for her ability to write such things in such a real way that makes sense to teens and adults, alike. But while it is all given humorously, I can see how it could easily offend. There were parts where I found myself cringing at something that was said or done.
In fact, I wasn't at all into the whole Christians being "freaks" thing. There may have been others in the world who weren't like this, but the only people mentioned in the story who were any type of religious, were extremists, who were shunned by the general population, and considered "freaks." This did play into the storyline, and helped prove a point at the end, but I still didn't like it.
The characters themselves, were sort of hard to get a read on. I didn't believe the reasoning behind anything Harmony did at the end, and I did not like Jondoe. At all. The character I really liked, though, was Melody's best friend, Zen. He had an awesome personality, and played a key part in the book.
The world was very interesting. It is easily something that could happen in our future, although I would hope that "bumping" for money/scholarships/cars wouldn't be the best option girls have. The futuristic slang was hilarious, and had me laughing throughout the book. It totally fit the time and current events, and was pretty smart, if you ask me. Megan McCafferty is one funny woman. It reminded me a lot of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies trilogy, which also has its own slang...only Bumped's slang is more, you know, "fertilicious." :)
The idea behind Bumped was fantastic. I really liked the world, and the idea that it could come to this if there was ever such a virus. But it just wasn't for me. A lot of the story was focused on selling the reader on how fun and fabulous it is to get bumped, and why the girls do it...and not enough on the big realization to make an impression.
-This review was originally published on my blog: The Reading Fever.
-I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.show more
by Penelope Lolohea