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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 Melody's 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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 28.7mm | 412.77g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061962740
  • 9780061962745
  • 343,950

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"Bumped has plenty to say about reproductive rights and girls' place in society."--ALA Booklist
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12,986 ratings
3.12 out of 5 stars
5 12% (1,594)
4 25% (3,243)
3 35% (4,527)
2 18% (2,399)
1 9% (1,223)

Our customer reviews

How do I begin this.... On such a controversial issue, Bumped poses aspects of self realization and understanding of ones self. You must have an open mind and not make quick judgements right off the bat. I simply devoured this book. Its story was very addicting to want to continue till the end. Every time I had to stop and begin my days work, I eagerly awaited for the chance to sit down and read on. The Story revolves around these two teens (16yo): Melody and Harmony. Their parents gave them up right after they were born. The reason why they never knew the other one existed was because they stood a better chance being given off to adoption seperately than as a sickly pair. Melody was adopted to a well rounded couple who raised her to become a top athlete, over achiever, to get good grades, and become the most prized surrogate money could buy. While Harmony was given off to the Church. She was raised to do 'Woman's work,' to obey the Counsel's decisions made for her, and to marry whomever is chosen for her. A modern/dystopian day form of the Amish. The chapters bounces back and forth from Melody's POV to Harmoney's POV all the way on to the end. I was stand off-ish at first because the choice of lingo in this dystopian world which made it confusing and some what annoying for awhile, but I got use to it. There were detailed explanations of Pro-surrogacy and Religion that were a bit extreme, but come to find out later on in the book were needed for that "method to my madness" result. One thing that I really liked the most is that I love how Megan McCafferty used Twins, as a representation to show the duality of two completely opposite worlds: Goodside - Otherside; pre-marital sex - waiting till marriage; your own kids - adopted ones; multiple partners - just The One, and so on. From what I got out of it, it's about knowing the path that is laid out for you (either by your parents or society). And after that realization, the awareness and trust in ones self to know whether to take that assigned path OR build and follow your own. I can't wait to read Book #2.show more
by SpadesHigh
Picture a world where a virus has rendered everyone over the age of 18 infertile. What are married couples supposed to do if they want children? That's right! Hire a surrogate. In this world there are Professional Surrogates who enter into strict contracts with couples to provide them a baby. These surrogates are required to Bump in order to get pregnant - it's strictly business. The boy and girl will probably be total strangers and most likely never see each other again after the pregnancy test shows a positive result. These surrogates are chosen strictly for their genetic and physical traits. Some girls are Amateur Surrogates - not quite good enough to make it Pro. They Bump with anyone they want and then hope to find a couple willing to purchase the offspring. Melody and Harmony are identical twins who were separated at birth. At 16, they were able to look into their birth records and found each other. Melody, a Pro Surrogate, was less than thrilled to find there was someone in the world exactly like her. It hurts her chances in business. Now, she can't be promoted by her agent as unique. Harmony couldn't be happier to have found Melody. As someone who is neither Amateur nor Pro, she looks forward to preaching to Melody about God and hopefully prevent her from living a life of a sinning surrogate. Megan McCafferty does an excellent job building this futuristic dystopian world. The word play alone is enjoyable. The media bombards these young tweens and teens with advertisements, clothing, and music encouraging drug use in order to help them relax. Condoms have been outlawed, and the term "baby" is considered a nasty word because it encourages affection for the Bump. Harmony and Melody's lives are turned upside-down after a case of mistaken identity leads them both down paths they never imagined. When you get to the last page of BUMPED, you'll definitely ask yourself, "How long do I have to wait for the sequel?" *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
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
I found much of this book confusing; there was a lot of unfamiliar slang written in a context with no explanation. Example: The trubie gears make her an easy target for anyone but especially for bitter obsolescents. Huh? By the time I was able to figure most of the language out, the book was almost over. Harmony and Melody are twin sisters raised apart in a world where HPSV (Human Progressive Sterility Virus) makes almost everyone infertile sometime between their 18th and 20th birthdays. In this world where prepubescent girls buy baby bumps (that actually move as though a baby is moving around inside) as a fashion statement, some young people have gone "pro", signing contracts to give older couples babies. Melody and Harmony have recently found out about each other, and their lives couldn't be more different. Harmony leaves her Church with the intention of persuading Melody to leave the sinful world and come back with her. The premise - original. The presentation - rather confusing for much of the novel. The ending - as though the author just decided to stop writing. I expected to keep going, but there was no book left (and that TOTALLY affected my rating; I hate it when there's no real resolution of anything, AND it keeps me from wanting the next book out of sheer spite). QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy): There's a lot of tension between amateurs and pros at school. Like, amateurs look down on pros for bumping with strangers, not boyfriends. Or they pity us for missing out on all the partner-swapping fun at the masSEX parties. And pros say amateurs are jealous because they aren't good enough to pregg for profit. And even if they were, they probably wouldn't have the willpower to keep their legs closed until it was time to fulfill their contractual obligations. Book Rating: 2.5 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
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