Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Recommendation: Bumped

Megan McCafferty

Pages: 336
Ages: 14+

Melody and Harmony are identical twins. For sixteen years they didn't realize the other existed, and their lives were very, very different. Melody's a Pro pregger about to land a killer contract. Harmony's a god freak who has all the right answers. So when Harmony shows up un-announced on Melody's doorstep intending to stay and convert her sister, things are bound to go wrong. And they do. Fast.

This story is brilliantly told in short, snappy chapters from two interchanging POVs: Melody and Harmony. I literally could not put this down. Literally. In the vein of M.T. Anderson's FEED, it takes awhile to get used to the short choppy sentences and jargon of this future dystopian society wherein adults are no longer able to reproduce, so teenagers are pimped for "pregging" and everyone has a constant link to MiNet. A warning: the novel does not shy away from using explicit lingo to get its message across. The entire world McCafferty has created is at once incredibly believable and entirely disconcerting, with its cock-jockies, massSex parties, and preteen funBumps. Weeks after reading it, I still don't know what to think, except that this book is entirely brilliant, wholly disturbing, and is going to make a lot of people mad (just check out the amazon reviews). But it'll definitely make us think.  

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