Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pub. Date: April 26th, 2011
Age Level: Young Adult
When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.
Ok can I say one word to describe this novel? Amazing! Best novel of 2011 maybe? Actually definitely! Well I mean what's to expect from the author of the Jessica Darling Series, which by the way is super awesome! Anyway.. As you guys all know, with shows in today's society like 16 & pregnant, Teen Mom and other Teen Pregnancy celebrities; Pregnancy has now been glorified in this society. These girls get paid thousands of dollars to show other teens tough it is to be a teen parent or to give up their child for adoption. Well this book is about two teens, and the pov is split between them both. Melody is from a society where teen pregnancy is encouraged, even glorified because there is a virus that inhibits anyone above the age of 18-19 to conceive. Harmony is from the churchy side and they believe that marriage comes first and then the act of having children. They are two twins that got separated at birth. I love the two perspectives that this novel gives! McCafferty does a great job with this novel. It made me question so many things and honestly this might be a possibility in the future! One thing I do have to point out is that condoms are illegal! How the f are you supposed to have safe sex? What about those teens that don't want to be pregnant? These are questions I am definitely wanting to know and hope to find out in the next book! McCafferty really leaves us hanging on that last page. Even made me yell out "Oh Come On". Having said that, I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!
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