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Hey everyone

Thanks to Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up :)


 This week I'm sharing - Bumped by Megan McCafferty


Synopsis (via GoodReads
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, 16-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

My Thoughts
I am going to be honest and say that when I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be horrendous - there are lots of new words, phrases and ideas that are thrown at you in the beginning of this book without much explanation which I found pretty confusing to get used to the new coinage of familiar words, especially seeing as it seemed to be every other word that was new (lets not even get started on the overuse of religious language - I think this is one of the facts that made the book so disjointed and the characters so un-relate able)! Having said then once I'd gotten over that fact (about half way through mind!) I began to get into the book and started being interested in the Characters - particularly Melody and Zen. This brings me on to the names - the main characters are twins and yes they really are called Melody and Harmony #cringe. Along with that each chapter swaps between each of the twins point of view so that is a tad confusing - just as I was getting into one twins story then it changed to the others! 

I actually chose to read this book because I thought it'd be a bit more science-y due to the whole infertile virus thing but looking back after having read it I think the book sort of missed this point and just waffled on about fluffy stories about the two teen girls. Maybe it was just me :S

So basically yes there are loads of bad points to this book (sorry) but towards the end it really started to come together - the characters finally became relate able and their world is sort of understood (well enough so you can understand at least). I think it was very ambitious of the author to create and execute this tragedy in the future that was based on things that are real (unlike in the Hunger Games where everything was so detached from real life so it was completely believable)  but she must have done a pretty good job because I picked up the next book in the series (maybe trilogy, I'm not sure) Thumped - but the review for this will have to be saved for a future Book Club Friday :P


All in all I wouldn't say that Bumped is a particularly easy read nor does it contain a really life changing message and I can't see it becoming a cult favourite but it's a pretty good stopgap if you are looking for something really different to read.

Would you read this book? 
aHm xoxo

7 comments

  1. I had high hopes for this one, and while it didn't quite meet them, I did still enjoy it. I've been wanting to read Thumped, although haven't yet had the chance to pick it up.

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  3. Set in 2036 in New Jersey? haha being from Jersey I find that to be the weirdest location/date for a novel. I like the concept of them learning they have choices... very feminist but your review makes it sound like it didn't get all radical feminist. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I really liked Megan's Jessica Darling books and was sort of surprised she went this route with her new series. Thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by (a little late) from the linkup :)

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    1. I've never read those books - might give them a try! Thanks for commenting :)

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