Monday, May 16, 2011

Bumped, by Megan Mccafferty

BumpedThe world has changed ever since a virus struck, rendering adults infertile, meaning teenagers are the only ones able to reproduce.  Suddenly, girls start getting pregnant for money, and signing fertility contracts.  For twin sisters Melody and Harmony, this means life will be forever changed for one of them.  But it might not be the one everyone is expecting.  Is it a mere case of mistaken identity, or divine intervention?

Sigh.  It is always difficult to write an unfavorable review of a wildly popular book.  Such is the case for me with this book.  This is a book written for young adults, and even with that audience in mind, I found this book to be incredibly sophomoric.  The use of ridiculous futuristic slang and shallow, stereotypical characters were just a couple of my complaints with this book.

While I thought the concept of the story was good, I thought the execution was a little lackluster.  There could have been so much more done with a storyline involving global adult infertility.  Instead, it reinforced the idea that teenagers were silly, and petty, and if they really are our future then we are all doomed.  I also hate books the force preposterous visions of the future on the readers.  However, I do fully recognize that had someone written about Twitter, Facebook, or blogging in a book published in the 40s it would also have seemed ridiculous, yet here we are.

In short, if you are looking for a light easy read, whether an adult or young adult, this is an ok book, but really, I think there are much betters out there.  I know this review may make me highly unpopular among young adult fiction lovers, and I fully recognize that this book has been getting rave reviews.  Mine just is not one of them.

I received a review copy of this book as part of the Amazon Vine program.


  1. I agree with you. I'm a big fan of McCafferty, but Bumped seriously let me down.

  2. I really like this review. It's honest and professional. You say what you don't like about it withought bashing the book or the author. Great job!

  3. I feel your pain. I also posted an unfavorable review of this book on my blog. I just couldn't understand the hype behind this book at all. Grats to you for being one of the honest ones.