Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Balzer & Bray

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. 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. - Goodreads.com

This was one of those books that I really wanted to like because I had heard so much about it and had really liked the summaries I'd read.  Unfortunately, it just didn't grab me like I expected it to.  Perhaps it was the characters, but I just didn't feel like I knew them well enough, or really had an opportunity to get really invested in them.  Although I like Melody and Harmony both, it was difficult for me to reconcile the two extremes.  I think I liked Melody slightly more than I liked Harmony because I commiserated with her more.  She didn't really want to get bumped, despite the fact that she'd lived her whole life expecting to do so.  She had been groomed for it, trained for it, and all of her future that is mapped out is a result of the idea that she's going to "go pro" and get bumped.  So I felt her struggle to break out of that pre-arrangement.  The romance she engages in with her guy fell a bit flat for me as well.  It came across as more of a romance of convenience rather than of genuine desire or romance.

Harmony was a bit harder for me.  I felt, however, like she really held her faith in God as more of a crutch than any real, genuine feeling or devotion.  In that sense, I felt cheated just a bit.  I wasn't sure I bought her involvement with the guy she gets involved with.  I can't say who it is because I don't want to give it away.  I felt she gave in just a little too easy for someone raised with her background.  Additionally, I thought he did too.  It was just a bit too rushed for me.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading the book, I just had a few little problems with it, and things weren't always completely believable for me.  It appears that there will be a sequel and I probably will read that.  Hopefully the kinks will have been ironed out.  On the whole, it was a pretty good, but I did have some issues with it that prevented me from really sinking into and enjoying it like I wanted to.
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