Second Chance Sunday: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Second Chance Sunday: Bumped by Megan McCaffertyBumped by Megan McCafferty
Series: Bumped #1
Published by HarperCollins
Published: April 26th 2011
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When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen 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 food.

Sixteen-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 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 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 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.

It took a little while for this book to intrigue me before I actually decided to add it to my to-read list. I wasn’t sure if I would find the premise all that realistic. I thought it could be gimmicky. But after some small prodding and suggesting, I caved and added it. And then when I got a great deal on it for an eBook, I bought it right up. And so glad I did.

The story of Melody and Harmony isn’t one that is easily forgettable. Identical twins, separated at birth, sent to live in two different environments. The devil and the angel if you would. Harmony grew up very religious and God-fearing, while Melody grew up in a place that is full of teenagers getting pregnant for profit. Both girls are from opposite ends of the spectrum yet they share one thing in common, their face. After some initial awkwardness things happen between the two of them that will forever change the people around them and themselves for a long time to come.

When I first started this book I found Harmony over the top annoying with her preacher like attitude. But as the book progressed I actually became fond of her. I started to pay attention to what she was saying about Goodside and I started to realize how cult-like it had been. She was just behaving how she had been taught and there was nothing really behind that. And Melody I liked right away. She was a straight-shooting average teen that had made choices based on her parents and what they wanted her to do. Actually the more I examined the girls the more alike I saw them to be.

This book was a story of figuring out what you want and making choices for yourself and not for anyone else. With the help of Jondoe and Zen, these girls did exactly that damn the consequences. In the end, I really found myself loving this book and I can’t wait for the next chapter for these two remarkable girls.

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