Wow. Bumped was such a unique read. The whole idea was original and the way it was done... Well, I think it worked.
I've seen in countless other reviews people commenting on the slang. Like most people, at the beginning I found some words confusing but I quickly caught on. I thought it was super cool of Megan McCafferty to create a whole new way of talking, a whole new culture for her world. A culture that was strange, but believable. I was very impressed with that aspect.
The characters were also good, but they took a backseat to the world building. There were a variety of colorful characters. Melody and her twin Harmony were the protagonists and their voices were different enough, as twins. I had moments where I wanted to scream at each of them, and most of the time I was thinking "What do you think you're DOING?"
Other characters like Zen made me super happy. I loved Zen. He was smart, innovative, creative... I don't think I'd enjoy the story as much without him. I'm excited to see what happens to his character. As for the other male lead, I'm on the fence. I'd like to see their character develop more.
Even though the world is so original, the overall plot of Bumped isn't as different. If you take away the pregnancy and sex, it's a story of two sisters from different worlds who believe their world is the right one. They then learn the error of their ways. It was done in a different way though. Bumped will probably be enjoyed by those who like those kind of stories.
My issue with Bumped was that I wasn't hooked. I didn't fly through the pages and no character deeply resonated through me. I was more annoyed with the main characters than happy with them. That's probably a personality trait of mine, so I wouldn't discourage readers from trying Bumped. 3.5 stars,
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