Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Bumped #2
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Date of Publication: April 1st, 2012
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Why did I ever decide to read this? You have probably checked out Bumped, or at least my review of it. If the latter is the case, then you know that I didn't particularly like it. But the premise of the story interested me so much that I decided to read this (oh, and I may have forgotten to cancel my pre-order so there's that...).
This was such an easy and enjoyable read, I can't even tell you. I started it when I was waiting for my train and it was a breeze. Yes, the characters seem a little one dimensional or shallow sometimes. But it's a short book, so I can excuse that. What bothered me much more was the strange language. I know that this takes place in 2039 so it's very likely that the English language has changed. But things like "I'm going to terminate myself if you don't do XY" or "I wanted to delete myself"... well. It gets the meaning across, alright. But it doesn't seem like there is a deeper meaning behind using these words. Why not use regular words instead?
But I have to say, if this topic had been approached differently, maybe in a longer book with more worldbuilding and simply more time to get to know the characters, I would have liked it much more. As it stands, Ram's confession at the end seems a little forced, Harmony just seems confused and Melody... well. Doesn't seem to have too many brain cells. It's supposed to be different, obviously. She excels academically - and I do believe that. But she seems a bit stunted, socially.
Still. It's an easy read, it's nothing that you think too much about. If that's what you're looking for - some old fashioned entertainment - and you don't expect a deep examination of the topic "teen pregnancy"... then maybe this book is for you. But you have been warned about its problems.