Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bumped & Thumped ~ Megan McCafferty

Title: Bumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 323
Published: April 2011
From Good Reads:
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

I originally read this book as an ARC in 2011. And I instantly fell in love! I especially love the word 'Bumped.'

Melody and Harmony could not be more than different from each other. One is a professional pregger, the other is a Godfreak. Both want babies, but for different reasons. Add in: a jilted lover, a would-be lover, crazy friends, mistaken identities and you've got this awesome book.

It is a scary thought though. Especially in a world where so many teens are getting pregnant...could they one day be our salvation? God I hope not!

 Title: Thumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 290
Pub Date: April 2012
From GoodReads:
It's been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. Since then, their story has become irresistible to legions of girls: twins separated at birth and living different lives, each due to deliver sets of twins . . . on the same day! In a future where only teens can "bump," or give birth, babies mean money, status, and freedom.

Married to Ram and living in religious Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once loved and believed in. But she can't seem to forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell in love with under the strangest of circumstances.

To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything she always wanted: a big, fat contract and a coupling with Jondoe, the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.

Cursed by their own popularity, the girls are obsessively tracked by their millions of fans, who have been eagerly counting down the days to their "Double Double Due Date." Without a doubt, they are two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and there's only one thing they could do that would make them more famous than they already are:

Tell the truth


I wasn't as into Thumped as I was Bumped. Don't get me wrong, still a much fun and enjoyable read. But this time, I felt more like I was being given a message than just reading for fun. And yes, that is part of this story, at least in my opinion. 

Melody and Harmony both have HUGE decisions to make in regards to their bumps, and the rarely used "B" word. Baby. What will they do? In fact, the whole world is waiting and watching them. A set of twins having twins? This makes them The Hotties and very marketable and profitable. But at what cost?

And again, the scary part of this story is the close relation to the reality we have now. TV shows that capitalize and exploit teen moms? Come on...are we really that far away from this dystopian universe? 

Anyway, fun book. Great ending to the duet! Definitely pick up the books if you get a chance.

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