Megan McCafferty: Bumped Author Megan McCafferty



Say that I ither agree or disagree with the portrayals of the characters teen pregnancy or religion in this book as I found parts in both narratives to be problematic at times However I could appreciate that a large part of this story is about gaining insight into other viewpoints and becoming self determined in the face of incredible pressure from peers parents and society To vilify one side of the world McCafferty presents would be to overlook the fact that both tie the value of women to their ability to conceive and bear children and both inflict some I Little Slave extreme levels of pressure on young people to conform to the accepted procreative norm Interestingly there is not a lot of detail around whether there are people who don t fall withinither the Goodside or Otherside communities as they are referred to by Harmony These are two narrow The Stall (Pony In Training extremes and I can t help but speculate that there must be others who would not claim affinity withither set of beliefs just as there are today This is a polarising book in many ways The writing style subject matter and the depiction of the characters will court strong opinions THIEME Atlas of Anatomy either way not all will find it accessible There are some scenes that are deliberately I suspect incredibly skin crawly like young girls trying on fake baby bumps the rampant sexualisation and view spoilera pregnant pre teen hide spoiler This book was definitely not for me I have so far liked the dystopian books I have read but this felt like an infomercial for teen pregnancy than about a world gone bad The story is basically about what happens when a virus hits the US making it to wherevery person is barren after the age of 18 To make sure the human race stays populated adults start looking to teens and I mean starting at age 13 to help them have there dream babies Well after a couple of years of this teens and their parents start demanding compensation for their troubles and buying a baby Sanibel Virgin ends up having a whole new meaning So begins the tale of Melody one of the first teens to demand a contract and Harmony her long lost twin whonded up in a church congregation that believes teens who provide this bumping service need to stop and find God The story leads us into what happens when Harmony comes in contact with her sister for the first time and how maybe this whole buying babies may not be the right answerEven though this whole idea scares me to death I might have liked the book a little better if the author hadn t glorified teen pregnancy so much I know that this world believes that teens are the answer but I had the feeling while I was reading that there was a hidden agenda and it gave me an icky feeling The biggest problem I had was why in the world did these teens have to bump aka have sex McCafferty created this world to be very high tech Throughout the book I kept thinking about the movie Back To the Future when Marty McFly goes into the future and you see all this high tech Way of the Shaman euipment With all of this high tech stuff I would have thought that she could have written a better way for these teens to become pregnant Again I felt that she glorified things a little too much Throughout most of the book I was cringing because of thextremes that some of these poor teens went through to get pregnant To give you an Gallowglass example the cheerclones had masSEXparties where the whole point is to try and get pregnant at the same time and the guys get to pretty much have sex with as many girls as possible This is gross and in this day and age where so many teen girls think that getting pregnant is fun I think this send the wrong message It is not until thend of the book that Melody starts rethinking her decision to be an incubator and by this time so many things have happened that it really makes no difference This book was not wrapped up at all and there is a cliff hanger The Inclusion Imperative ending Oh and the slang that the author used I couldn t grasp until about halfway through the book I think she needs a glossary in the book becauseven now I can t The Public-Private Partnership Handbook explain most of the technology andven certain word meanI am not What Next After School ? everybody and I know uite a few people who liked this book but it just wasn t for me 35 starsIt s been a few days since I ve finished this book and I wanted to give myself some time to process my feelings for it before I review itStill have no clue how I feel about itIt was definitely an original story that makes you think but it barely scratched this dystopian world s surfaceCharacters were decently developed yet not very loveableOkay that s an understatement I absolutely hated Harmony thought she was selfish and a life ruinerMegan McCafferty s writing was as good as always tho and I will definitely read the seuel I m pretty hooked and need to know what happens next 25I did another video review for this one and if you want to watch it you can here But if you re not into video reviews here s a brief written review in the language of BumpedIt was like rilly rilly all about young girls pregging for money Like for seriously young But it was okay cause they were being like patriotic and all the hot girls go Pro anyway and it s just a delivery so who cares And if creepy old guy agents are making you major bank on that pregg and your creepy parents arencouraging it and you get to bump with like the hawtest hunkaspunk in I dunno the whole Uni then why the Emerging Markets eff not right And so yeah sometimes people die or have like postpartum pyschosis but it just means that they are rilly like not ProAm material they are totally neggyBut there are these Churchies too and they are total creepers who believe in keeping their preggs and having like lots of them And they want you to have god and be obedient and whatevs but maybe they wouldn t mind a littlerection perfection themselves But yeah they re still creepy So when these 2 sisters one who s totally going to bump with like the cockjockey and one who s like a total Churchie get together it s like for seriously predictable and is rilly gonna get banned for like sex religion stuff Like total Sexigion And yeah some neggy people are going to be all like Oh where s the science Why don t they just do like artificial bumpage blahblahblah But that s just cause neggy people don t get it right Cause it s satire bitchesOh and it for seriously nds in the middle of a scene in a rilly irritating way This was a YA dystopian story about a world where people went sterile around the age of 20The characters in this were okay although Harmony didn t behave uite the way I xpected her to considering that she wanted her sister to find God yet then did something that went against what she herself believedThe storyline in this had some good ideas but the way the book was written was a little odd There were also uite a few made up words and some odd things like condoms being illegal The basic story was The Voyage of the Norman D., As Told by the Cabin Boy entertaining though and I didnjoy itThe African Successes, Volume I ending to this was okay and I will be reading the seuel to find out what happens next65 out of 10 Ugh Havingnjoyed the first two Jessica Darling novels I was amused by Bumped s description as a dystopian world where only teenagers can procreate due to a virus that renders Trigger Samaniego 1 (Stallion, every adult infertile McCafferty and HarperTeen introduce the book as stunningly close to home given the new obsession with pregnant teens I tag this book dystopian with trepidation I get annoyed when writers don t do their homework You want to write a dystopian novel You have to think about stuff okay Like how culturevolves how trends form what happens when something on the margin becomes the norm It helps if you read other proper dystopian novels like 1984 dry and Brave New World less dry or good YA contemporary Lehrbuch Der Physiologie examples Ship Breaker Unwindtc As an aside I realize this is guy writer heavy never fear I have read some LeGuin and will tackle Margaret Atwood next It also helps if you read academic stuff For instance the virus McCafferty writes as the catalyst for this dystopia would be a total social fact something that would permeate through all aspects of society Everything from religion to international trade would change I think I m mostly annoyed because apparently dystopian is the new big THING I hate the new anything First Plastic Techniques in Neurosurgery (English Edition) eBook: James Tait Goodrich, David A. Staffenberg: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. everyone wanted a slice of the wizarding school pie now it s the vampirewerewolfzombiesteampunkfallen angel WHATEVER pie With The Hunger Games it s like ooh dystopian pie Let me get some of that Apparently this has turned into a bit of a rant The premise of Bumped was an intriguing one and McCafferty is a good writer but her style is much too light for what this book is trying to be A world where only teens can get pregnant is only funny as satire for a little bit but if you start thinking about theconomics where girls can be sponsored to get pregnant by a genetically desirable guy it stops being funny and starts being icky. Hat she is running fromWhen 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 Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes ever imagined one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much than just DNA in commonFrom New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship love and sisterhood in a future that iserily believab.

Wha wha WHAAT What just happened there Okay let s start at the beginning Bumped is a dystopian novel set in 2035 where a virus has wiped out the ability of Marketing Excellence 3 every person over the age ofighteen to reproduce Why YARN Essentials eighteen Howighteen Does the virus come built in with an age o meter that tells it when to strike The population is rapidly declining leaving only one section of the planet capable of procreating The teenagers At the point at which this novel starts it is already Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, established that there is a flourishing trade in surrogacy it being accepted practice for teenagers to have sex with the intent of producing a baby that is then given away for adoption to older couples who can no longer reproduce The surrogate mothers are divided into two groups the Reproductive Professionals RePros who are stringently scrutinized on a genetic level tonsure their acceptability and then paired with another hand picked sperm donor The babies of the RePros are optioned for large sums of money Black on Blonde even before the reproductive process begins The other group are the amateurs people who pick their own partners andither donate their babies pro bono or put them up for adoption in a public auction The The Walters Art Museum the Art of Ancient Greece entire process is facilitated by the administration of a drug called Tocin that acts as an aphrodisiac during intercourse and later during pregnancy serves to sever the chemical bond between mother and child in order tonsure that the mother does not become broody and insist on keeping her child Megan McCafferty s world building is detailed and convincing for the most part She American Nietzsche establishes a whole new society with new laws new regulations new s andven a new slanguage all revolving around this new world where the only hope for the advancement of the planet are the youth literally This is a world where sex is a business for teenagers where lovemaking is looked down upon and peer pressure makes uestioning the system an impossibility And on the other hand are the trubies the members of the Church who segregate themselves in communal settlements and are forbidden to leave the settlements Art, Culture, and Cuisine except for missionary or agricultural purposes The segregation works to the benefit of Church members in that the incidence of the virus is significantly lower amongst them However the Church society is rigidly moral and fanatically religious adhering to an outmoded code of behavior that condemns pre marital sex instigates marriages at age thirteen or so and abhors technology cough Amish coughI hope you read the above bits of the review before you get started on the book because McCafferty goes to the otherxtreme from infodump writing She s stingy with information and sly about it She slips vital bits of information into random conversations all over the book so blink and you ll miss it This also makes the first fourth of the book heavy going until you get a firmer grasp on the world building and slanguage I can confidently say that no book in recent times has made me think as much as Bumped With The Hunger Games the dystopia was cut in stone unuestionable the lessons it imparted were ually clear and unmistakable But with Bumped it s a different situation altogether Firstly I had to look up the definition of dystopia because the tone of the book did not match my idea of what a dystopian society should sound like And indeed in the strictest sense of the word Bumped is not a dystopia According to the dictionary dystopia is a society characterized by human misery as sualor oppression disease and overcrowding Wikipedia goes on to inform me that a dystopian society usually features different kinds of repressive social control systems a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and xpressions and constant states of warfare or violence On the face of it you can t call the society in Bumped dystopian There is no sualor human misery or overcrowding than there is in any normal society Not much disease Aristotles Rhetoric eitherxcept for the biggie the Human Progressive Sterility Virus There are no overt repressive social control systems no lack of individual freedoms and no warfare or violence There is no mandate that says all teenagers MUST get pregnant BUT and this is a big but there is an underlying nuance of oppression of Blood Runs Green enforced choices Nobody made a law sayingverybody must get pregnant but the society has restructured itself in such a way that people NOT making the attempt to create babies are looked upon as both unpatriotic and non productive members of society Teenagers one of the Charting an Empire easiest age groups to influence have been brainwashed into thinking that it is just and right for them to become baby making machines to sell off their virginity their womb and their right to a childhood inxchange for a secure future and prestige amongst their peers Babies are bought and sold like goods in a market and nobody uestions this outrage it is simply accepted Into this scenario come Harmony and Melody monozygotic identical twins separated at birth Both have been raised in completely different Colored Property environments that have no meeting point Harmony has been given to a Church family to be raised and is at first glance a devout Church member with a loving family full of missionary zeal Melody has been raised in a life of privilege byducated affluent parents in a suburb of Princeton She s the ideal RePro with a contract amounting to six figures and the perfect face body and mind to Desire and Truth ensure annviable genetic heritage for her child But slowly the surface layer peels off to reveal the deeper truths both sisters are hiding Despite being from vastly differing different backgrounds both twins have a uestioning bent of mind in societies where uestioning the norm is not The Exiles Gallery encouraged They are both clinging to the ideas and beliefs they have been brought up with in the hopes of shoring up a fast degrading faith in the rightness of society as it is If there is one complaint I have to make about Harmony and Melody it is in McCafferty s characterization of them As vehicles to uestion the norms of the world they live in they are perfect But McCafferty appears to have become sonad of their purpose that they lose their identity as people There is too much happening around them and to them but the change that is caused within them by these Dislocating China events is left a little too much to the reader s powers of deduction McCafferty spends so much time building her society that the human aspect of the relationship between the two sisters suffers They spend hardly any time together as a result theirventual bonding feels contrived Zen too is a character with great potential for being interesting but he doesn t get Childerley enough page space to translate the potential into reality The premise of Bumped also highlights another issue that I have been pondering for a while the uestion of whether a book about teenagers is always necessarily a Young Adult book I found Bumped to be a highly sexual read and perhaps a little too sophisticated ideologically for the YA group You don t need to describe MasSex orgies or RePro sessions in detail in order to introduce a sexuallement into a book In fact McCafferty has done it in an Cultural Excursions effortlessly ungraphic way But there is no denying that a book that deals with the uestion of reproductive choice is of necessity sexual Added to it are the numerous sexual doublentendres peppering the conversation of Cruelty and Laughter every character in the book It s almost horrifying how casually these teenagers accept the idea of sex and toss around words like pro boner and hornergy andverythingbut as in Cop Knowledge everything but sex No doubt this is the point that is intended to be driven home but in a genre ruled by the Mormon cliue I am not sure how positively this portrayal will be received While this review and the subject matter are somewhat sombre kudos to Megan McCafferty for lightening the tone of the book Despite what lies beneath the actual tone of the book is much lighter satirical than introspective It s not a hard readmotionally but it is intellectually stimulatingBumped is undoubtedly one of the most interesting books I have read in a long long time However I cannot begin to describe my frustration with how the book Cultural Aesthetics ends It s like finding a beautiful firstdition copy of a classic and then discovering that the critical last pages are missing I think this is intended to be a series although I can find no indication of it on her website but it MUST be so because that Class and Conformity ending doesn t really ualify as annding I was just left dangling from a rope with no safety net in sight Where is my neatly wrapped up all Descartes and His Contemporaries ends tied HEA This is definitely a book worth reading one that I would recommend without hesitation Four stars for some great world building and innovative ideas Minus one star for some clunky sentence structurexcessive use of slanguage insufficient character development. When a virus makes High Tide at Midnight everyone over the age ofighteen 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 foodSixteen 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 oppos.

The slow beginning and THAT ENDINGPS I think the cover for this book is one of the most adorable things I ve seen in forever DISCLOSURE I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Net Galley No considerations monetary or otherwise influenced this review A virus has made Education and Equality everyone over the age ofighteen infertile so young teens are being used as surrogates while they are able to conceive making teens the most prized members of society Sixteen year old twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth but have now been reunited and learning just how different but alike that they are Melody has obtained a conception contract with the Jaydens but while searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen who is not a good partner Harmony on the other hand has been raised in a religious community and is set to marry and become a good wife instead of getting involved in the high profits of carrying others babies The whole idea behind Bumped seemed like a really interesting idea that I had high hopes for but when finished I was left with a bit of a let down feeling This whole futuristic society seemed to just be set around naming things with different words but not really Deceptive Beauties explaining what or how things got to where they were in such a short time While I wanted to the world building and plot I also found that I felt the characters were a tad irritating to me at times too for a personal reasoning I m not really a fan of the idea of religion being pushed upon others so when I was introduced to Harmony in the story I really didn t care for her but that may just be me and it might not bother others Otherwise there were little details in the story I was also uestioning or just didn t care for too which didn t help mynjoyment level at all with this one In the Dangerous Work end this just wasn t for me unfortunately I m sure some will love it but I just didn t find myselfnjoying the way it was done after finding the idea incredibly interesting I ll be honest I ve been DREADING writing this review I was SO looking forward to this book I just couldn t wait to get my hands on it I loved McCafferty s Jessica Darling series and I couldn t wait to read her first attempt at Dystopian fic one of my favorite genres Imagine my absolute delight when I received an Advanced Review Copy of this bad boy sighAs you ve probably guessed by now this book was a huge disappointment McCafferty s writing is still there Funny sparkly witty and Flavor and Soul everythinglse that made Jessica Darling so fun to read However the premise for the book while intended to be satirical just did not work AT ALL The idea is simple albeit far fetched For some unknown reason that is not developed some kind of virus humans somehow lose the ability to procreate after the age of 18 Why 18 is the cut off date is never discussed So as a result teenagers become a hot commodity for their wonderful gestational abilities and are hired to make babies for older adults who can pay to adopt them I should have known just how committed McCafferty was going to be to making this new dystopian society realistic Her writing is always current full of social commentary why wouldn t a dystopian society be the same However the society that we re landed in is just ridiculous I get it it s supposed to be a satire the idea of children no babies having babies and being absolutely obsessed with sex is supposed to be xaggerated I just couldn t get past how ignorant the characters sounded nor could I ver really uite catch on to the cheesy invented lingo The characters they were okay The alternating narratives were jarring at times Melody was far interesting than Harmony but uite frankly I kept getting confused in the beginning by who was who because their names were so similar Melody was smart and funny and I liked her voice I wanted to smack Harmony most of the time The Forgery, Replica, Fiction ending was much too rushed and not really resolved in any way It felt contrivedsigh I m still so disappointed I m still a huge fan of McCafferty s I hope she goes back to writing Contemporary YA So Melody and Harmony are our two main characters And guess what they re twins NawreallyNot that they are bad names but twins named Melody and Harmony Cliche muchThe similar names also made it very difficult to keep straight on who was who The perspective jumps back and forth between the two of them just aboutvery couple pages or so The breakneck speed of the switches makes it difficult to develop a connection to the characters or keep track of what in the heehaw is goin on Sorry when I get frustrated the Southern comes outSo Melody or is it Harmony or Symphony No I suspect that for some the amount of njoyment andor ngagement they Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life experience while reading Bumped will be directly proportional to the manner in which they approach it It s just a theory and I can t speak for anyone but myself but I do think that an analysis of Bumped needs to take into account the angle a person has chosen to read it from Taken at face value there is content and style to the story that some readers may find problematic orven objectionable Read as a satirical take on current trends though Bumped presents some intelligent relevant commentary on social and Escape economic pressure and thextent to which it shapes our views I m not sure that I would say I liked this book in the sense in which I would normally apply the word But I was uite fascinated by the themes and interested to see how they would be developed In truth at times it was an uncomfortable book for me to read But perhaps that was The Empty Chair entirely the point Bumped takes place in a not too distant future where a virus has caused the onset of infertility between the ages ofighteen and twenty and teen pregnancy has become a matter of profit and prestige Bumping and pregging are governed by contractual obligations managed by agents watched avidly through the hyperactive lens of xtreme social media High school is divided not so much on the lines of the popular and the unpopular but the amateurs and the pros The girls with six figures riding on their six month baby bellies and the girls hoping to profit on an un contracted knock up The guys who are stud material and the guys who don t make the reproaesthetical grade For the most part I bought this as a premise McCafferty s world has its roots in our own amplifying the present reality into an xaggerated future possibility I could get behind this concept than I could say love is a disease Every female dies at 20 I mean no disrespect to those books but by comparison I found this vision of the future plausible Or least I didn t have to suspend as much belief This is Sixteen and Pregnant peer pressure social media and Lit economic upheaval dialled up toleven and heavily distorted Hand in hand with this setting is uite a lot of stylised slang and terminology Bumped is thick with future speak and technological references it took me ages to work out what all the winking and blinking was about although maybe I m just Award-Winning Books for Children and Young Adults, 1990-1991 exceptionally slow on the uptake and this can be somewhat distracting as there is not a lot of accompanyingxplanation Given its prevalence you Keeper of the Doves either won t mind the language and will adjust uickly or it will drive you absolutely crazy Aside from this I didnjoy the writing The chapters are uite short and while occasionally this caused some blurring between the characters for me I did like the flow and rhythm to the book Bumped is told through the dual perspectives of identical twins Melody and Harmony separated at birth and unexpectedly re united at sixteen Melody is a trailblazer of the pregging for profit trend holding a lucrative conception contract and awaiting the selection of a suitable partner to bump with under pressure to seal the deal before her days of fertility are up and she Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, enters her obsolesence Harmony has been raised in a fundamentalist community and believes it is her duty to convince her long lost sister of the sinfulness of her choice to procreate outside of marriage The way both Melody and Harmony are presented may not beasy for all to stomach Taking a step back from these characters though there are similarities than differences I think it may be a little short sighted to see this merely as the religious and secular going head to head Let s face it very few would step out of that ring not nursing some wounds of offence regardless of which side their personal convictions are closely aligned with To me this was a story about two girls who are Not Quite Cold (Lowcountry Mysteries, each confined by the wildly opposing moral and social strictures governing their societies Two girls undergoing a shift in perception both of themselves andach other Learning to recognise the influences and demands on their lives and whether to choose to Collision of Wills embrace or reject these This is not to. Ite paths Melody has scored annviable 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 jobHarmony 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

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Megan McCafferty writes fiction for tweens teens and teens at heart of all ages The author of eleven novels she’s best known for SLOPPY FIRSTS and four seuels in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series She's got two new books coming out in 2020 TRUE TO YOUR SELFIE MG Scholastic 220 and THE MALL YA Wednesday Books 620 Described in her first review as “Judy Blume