Monday, March 14, 2011

Review: Bumped

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until 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 religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her 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.

My Thoughts:
After hearing all the hype that this book has gotten, I had to check it out for myself. The concept was interesting and definitely something that should have been awesome. I have to admit, that I wasn't all that impressed. It was a good book. It was an intriguing concept, but I didn't see what was the BIG deal.

I couldn't help but wonder about the parents, other than Melody's money hungry parents. I honestly cannot see every family (seemingly) just accepting the fact that they are going to basically whore out their daughter's uterus for money. It just seemed like every grown up was cool with it, except for the "churchy" people. Now maybe it would have been more interesting to me if there was a balance.
I do understand the concept. The fertility issues would make SOME people accept this practice but I highly doubt EVERYONE would be cool with 11 year old girls walking around with fake bumps, or real ones.

I liked the book. I just didn't LOVE the book. I feel like I might be in the minority.

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