Quick Book Review
*Bumped* and *Thumped* by Megan McCafferty
Read these two books yesterday and today. Quick, easy reads. Satirical, dystopian, YA.
They’re about a future world where people become infertile at age 18 due to an virus, and teen pregnancy has become a booming business. Babies are a commodity. Girls are recruited and wooed by prospective adoptive parents with promises of money, cars, plastic surgery, etc.
They’re a commentary on our culture’s obsession with youth and celebrity. They’re about women’s issues, sex, reproductive rights.
The story focuses on 16 year old twin girls Harmony and Melody who were separated at birth and raised in two very different worlds.
The point of view switches back and forth between the sisters. There are clear differences in their personalities. There are a lot of slang terms they use for pregnancy and sex, etc. that can be a little annoying/off-putting at first, but you get used to it and it adds to the mindset of the girls and the culture they live in.
These aren’t my typical reads, but I was looking for something light and interesting and they fit the bill. They’re thought provoking.
Overall, I thought they were ok. Gave them both a 3 out of 5 stars. ⋆⋆⋆