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Day 29: A book everyone hated but you liked
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Bumped was a strange little book. It was part 1 of a duology set in an unfamiliar future where teen girls are encouraged to ‘bump’ – get pregnant and give up their babies to sponsors, as adults can no longer reproduce. It was all about propaganda and media messages and was absolutely littered with weird futuristic slang that I found fascinating. I found the slang really easy to translate, too, but I know a lot of people had problems with it.
I think it was the weird slang and the mistaken belief that these books were promoting and glamourizing teen pregnancy rather than satirising media using teen pregnancy and sex as a launching board that turned a lot of people off this book. I enjoyed the alternating twin point of view and found the whole thing fascinating as a study in propaganda and how adults try to control children. It’s not a serious piece of literature, it’s complete satire, but still a commentary on how our world might actually turn out if, heaven forbid, adults could no longer procreate.
I actually love this book so much, and I think it’s so clever and educational that it should be taught in schools.