Bumped by Megan McCafferty
HarperCollins, April 26, 2011
I have been anxiously awaiting this book since...I don't know when, but it's been a while now. I loved Megan's Jessica Darling series and I was so excited to hear that she was dipping into the dystopian waters.
The tagline for Bumped, from Megan's website, is "What if every girl wanted to be sixteen and pregnant?" A virus leaves everyone over 18 infertile, which means that teenage girls are now a hot comodity for their ability to conceive and bear children. It's such an interesting concept and I think the book will lend itself very well to some intriguing discussions. Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
Enjoy your reading!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.