The book I finished is called Bumped, and it was written by Megan McCafferty. Many of you may know here for Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, Fourth Comings, and Perfect Fifths, which I read during college.
This book appealed to me because it seemed unlike any other novel I had ever read. It is about twin sisters in a dystopian future America. (Are you seeing a trend in the books I've been reading lately? Me too, but don't worry -- the book I'm reading now is a Nicholas Sparks novel). There names are Melody and Harmony (which REALLY bothered me at first). Melody lives in "Otherside", the area of the nation known for teenage girls selling their bodies and becoming pregnant by "bumping" with men whose sperm has been deemed worthy. Harmony lives in "Goodside", the part of the nation that is ultra religious and raises their females to be good wives and mothers. They get engaged and marry around 13 but mock people in "Otherside" for having babies for other couples. The reason teenage girls in "Otherside" bump, become pregnant, and sell the babies is because there is a virus that causes everyone over the age of 18 to become infertile. They literally cannot conceive anymore. (Yes, the plot IS as complicated as I am making it out to be). The girls are twins who were adopted individually at birth, and they find each other when they are 16. Harmony travels to "Otherside" to visit Melody, whose parents are out of town. After a giant mix up that Melody's best friend Zen is also involved in, the twins find themselves in an unlikely situation where they need to figure things out quickly. This book was SUPER CONFUSING, especially at the beginning. McCafferty made up an entire new language, it seems, and it took a long time to get used to. I would still recommend this book to people who enjoy dystopias or McCafferty's other works.
Because I cannot even begin to capture the entire plot of this novel, here is what McCafferty herself has to say about Bumped:
All in all, Bumped was a fun, quick read, but it was not nearly as good as I'd hoped. I will, however, be reading the sequel Thumped when it comes out in April. Even if I didn't enjoy a story as much as I'd assumed, I always need to finish the series anyway.