sobota 23. apríla 2011

ENGLISH REVIEW: Megan McCafferty - Bumped

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Bumped (Bumped, #1)Bumped by Megan McCafferty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, let me tell you that I completely understand all this negative reviews I'd read before I finally picked up this book.
This is exactly that kind of the book, which is going to be criticized by all sorts of people, from young readers who expected something totally different to angry parents who think it's inappropriate for their children to read about 16-year-old (or less) pregnant teenage girls being the most cherished persons in the society and the one and only hope for the whole humankind.

Even as I'm writing this review I already know there are going to be a lot of people who won't agree with me and that's ok, because I love books that are hated as much as they are adored. And oh, how much I adored Bumped!

I've read Megan's Jessica Darling series a couple of months ago so I knew at least a little bit what to expect regarding the writing style, but I had no idea what to expect from the story. And so it took me by surprise and completely blew my mind.

Bumped is an extraordinary tale of the two long-lost tween sisters Melody and Harmony, who (despite of their identical looks) couldn't be more different. Or so it seems. For Melody, the one and only important thing in her life is to get bumped and deliver a baby to some strangers with highest bid, since the Virus caused infertlity in women and men after reaching the age of 18. She has looks, she has brains, she has skills and it looks like she's going to be paired with the most beautiful, desirable, potent "professional insemnator" in the world, Jondoe, and make a load of money delivering the most perfect child ever.
Harmony, on the other hand, grew up in the Goodside, some kind of religious community, where she was her whole life being prepared for the proper marriage and motherhood. As soon as she learns about the existence of her twin and about the life style she is practising, she is determined to find her and bring her on the right path.
The small identity exchange causes the sequence of unexpected events, which leaves you angry, speechless or brings a smile to your face. Usually all three things at once...

Bumped is just so over the top. It's more satire than classical YA dystopy but that's EXACTLY what made me fall in love with this book. It's such a shame there aren't more authors who are not afraid to experiment like Megan did. It feels like she created the whole new genre, where nothing is too much, where characters are wierd and where you have no idea what to expect next.

And you know what? Jondoe was my favorite character! He was such a shallow, egocentric moron but you just HAVE to wonder: Is there more to him? He obviously has two faces and you can only guess which is the right one, but the suspense feels soooo goood!
And of course I loved Zen too, that goes without saying. Another carefully and beautifully written character with a great sense of humor and big loving heart.

If English isn't your native language I should probably warn you that Bumped is full of slang and strange words and sometimes it's hard to understand. I wouldn't recommend it to the English beginners, but if you're more experienced in reading English stuff and you enjoy challenges - GO FOR IT! This is a MUST read. MUST MUST MUST! Thank you, Megan, for having enough courage to write this amazing story. You are one of my all time favorite authors!

And of course one big thank you to HarperTeen and Netgalley for providing me with an early copy. Much appreciated!

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1 komentár:

  1. Kašľať na začiatočníctvo, aj keby to malo byť o pár rokov, toto si musím prečítať.:D Zaujalo ma to.:)