Reader: Elise S.
Age: 15
Title: Bumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pub Date: 5.11
Galley: Yes
Recommend: No
Annotation: Harmony and Melody live in a society of widespread 20-year-old virility, giving girls the opportunity to be paid for having babies. Melody is right on track for a successful 'bump,' until her long lost twin sister, a religious fanatic, shows up, and turns everything upside down.
Compelling Aspect of the Book: After you get past the original shock of having them spurting pregnancy rhymes every other page, there was no real draw to keep reading.
Did you finish: No
Were you disappointed with the book at all: Looking on the bright side, if this can get published, it provides some openings for aspiring authors. The author over pushed her world, and ignored her characters and plot. There wasn't enough explanation to make the reader forget their disbelief, and the issues were one sided.
Cover: Usually simplicity in covers is a great thing, but when carried to this extent it just looks photoshopped and awkward. Just a little bit of color or design in the back would have made the main picture pop and stand out on the shelf much more. As for the relation to the book, it's not like they're subtle. Egg=pregnant girls. Surprise!
Age Range: 12-15
Quality: 1Q How did it get published?
Popularity: 1P Yech! Forced to read it

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