Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Go Read It: NOW!

Guys, I can't believe that I forgot to post that Megan McCafferty's sequel to Bumped, Thumped, dropped today (pun intended).  Bumped was my all-time favorite book I read last year.  I read it before I started my blog, so I don't have a full-review of it, but I have espoused my love here and here.

I have not purchased my copy yet, gasp!  But, it is for good reason.  My semester is wrapping up here, and I have exams to make, papers to grade, and reviews to conduct, which will all fall woefully to the wayside if I ran out and bought Thumped.  Once that book is in my possession, I will be compelled to read it from cover to cover.

Since I have big-girl priorities that need to be taken care of first, I am making a big-girl decision to refrain from purchase until I can dedicate the time to reading it (guilt-free!).  In the meantime, I will satisfy myself by imploring all readers of this blog to read Bumped and Thumped and guilt me into picking it up earlier by telling me how awesome it is! 

If my rave, fan-girl rambling above is not enough for you, here is a link to "Pub Day Love" from none other than the author herself, Megan McCafferty.  In case you are unaware of McCafferty's accolades, she is the acclaimed author of Sloppy Firsts and creator of none other than Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie - characters popping up on many a Top Ten Tuesday character list today.  If that is not enough to recommend Bumped and Thumped, check out this synopsis:

"A virus has swept the world, making everyone over the age of eighteen infertile. Teenagers are now the most prized members of society, and would-be parents desperately bid for "conception contracts" with the prettiest, healthiest, and smartest girls—cash, college tuition, and liposuction in exchange for a baby.
Sixteen-year-old Melody has scored a record-breaking contract with a rich couple. And she's been matched with one of the hottest "bumping" partners in the world—the genetically flawless Jondoe.
But her luck is about to run out.
She discovers she has a sister—an identical twin. Harmony has grown up in a strict religious community and believes her calling is to save Melody from her sinful intentions. All Melody wants is to meet Jondoe and seal the deal—but when a case of mistaken identity destroys everyone's carefully laid plans, Melody and Harmony realize they have much more than DNA in common.
Sharp, funny, and thought-provoking, this futuristic take on teen pregnancy is compellingly readable and scarily believable." - Bumped from bn.com

"It's been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. Since then, their story has become irresistible to legions of girls: twins separated at birth and living different lives, each due to deliver sets of twins . . . on the same day! In a future where only teens can "bump," or give birth, babies mean money, status, and freedom.
Married to Ram and living in religious Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once loved and believed in. But she can't seem to forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell in love with under the strangest of circumstances.
To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything she always wanted: a big, fat contract and a coupling with Jondoe, the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.
Cursed by their own popularity, the girls are obsessively tracked by their millions of fans, who have been eagerly counting down the days to their "Double Double Due Date." Without a doubt, they are two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and there's only one thing they could do that would make them more famous than they already are:
Tell the truth." - Thumped from bn.com

Best matched with anyone who has been interested, intrigued, repelled, or fascinated by the teen pregnancy phenomenon.

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