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5 Things I’m Grateful For on Publication Day

BUMPED is on sale today. This is both extremely exciting and nerve-wracking. You’d think I’d be used to this by now, but I’m not. Here are five things that help me deal with all my nervous energy.

1. Rock Band. I looooove Rock Band. I will definitely play some Rock Band today. It’s very therapeutic. When I play Rock Band, I don’t think about anything else but Rock Band, which is rare because I have trouble shutting up my brain. I’m pretty much an expert on vocals and can maybe go medium on bass and drums which isn’t that impressive but who cares? It’s Rock Band and it’s fun.  My band is Mental Regional, which was the nickname for my high school.

2. Green Tea and Dark Chocolate. I gave up Diet Coke and coffee over two years ago. Green tea and dark chocolate  kept me alive during the headachey, cranky detox. They help keep me stable on days like today.

3. Reviews like this from Steph Su Reads: “BUMPED is a layered book that will be good for multiple rereads, as each successive reread reveals a new layer of characterization, wordplay, and world-building that you may have noticed in passing in the first read-through but become really impressed by only in subsequent rereads. This, I think, is Megan McCafferty’s ultimate gift as an author: she has a fierce talent for and dedication to writing books that can be enjoyed at multiple levels, good for a permanent fixture on your reread shelf. Avid lovers of her Jessica Darling books, such as myself, will, I think, appreciate that the most about her first foray outside of Jessica’s well-known world, and as a result I’m really looking forward to the sequel and whatever Megan has to share with us next.”

4. My Top 40 Songs of All Time. This playlist is the soundtrack to my life. I highly recommend that you put together such a playlist on days you need to feel invincible. I listened to “I Want it That Way” three times this morning.

5. You, the readers. Thanks in advance to those who are coming out to Princeton tonight to celebrate Pub Day. I know I’ll see family, friends and a lot of unfamiliar faces too, which is how I like it.  And for those who can’t be there, remember: Buy BUMPED and I’ll thank you with an autographed bookmark. You are why I do what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else.

And now I’m getting away from my computer to talk a walk in the glorious sunshine which sounds totally corny but I don’t care. The sunshine is also something that I’m grateful for, and exercise. Let’s face it, this is a very incomplete list.

And I’m grateful to be able to say that.


Buy BUMPED & Get Autographed Swag!

After three years of researching, writing, rewriting and waiting…BUMPED finally goes on sale tomorrow! (Though I’ve heard reports of early sightings on bookstore shelves.) My appearances are limited because I’m so busy finishing the sequel, but I want thank readers everywhere for supporting my most thought-provoking novel yet. That’s why I’m giving away autographed bookmarks* to 250 readers! How can YOU get one?

1. Buy a copy of BUMPED in an online or offline bookstore…which is something I hope you were already planning to do.

2. Take a picture of yourself posing with the hardcover or the cover picture on your e-reader. (ARCs or NetGalley don’t count. Sorry.)

3. Make that picture your Twitter or Facebook icon, or post it on your blog.

4. Tweet, update your status, or blog about how BUMPED is on sale April 26th and whatever else you’d like to say about it.

5. Email megan@meganmccafferty.com with your mailing address and the link to your photo/post with “BUMPED BOOKMARK” as the subject heading.

The first 250 readers to respond will get a bookmark personally signed by me with my very own Sharpie. BONUS GIVEAWAY WITHIN THE GIVEAWAY: I’ll pick 10 readers from that pool of 250 to win personalized copies of PERFECT FIFTHS. I wish I could thank you all!

*Yes, I realize that bookmarks are ironic thank yous for a book set 25 years from now, when e-readers will certainly dominate the market and such things will serve no practical purpose. Consider this gift a future artifact.

Book Bloggers Can’t Stop Thinking About BUMPED

BUMPED satirizes what happens when extreme thinking crowds out moderate approaches to social problems. I wrote it hoping to inspire readers to think about the parallels between futuristic fiction and real life…and it already has! But rather than take my word for it, I’ll let book bloggers speak for me:

“BUMPED was one heck of a hilarious book…This is satire done well…What McCafferty does is trust us to go with it and experience the absurdity right along with both the characters. She wants us as readers to draw upon our knowledge and experience of future and dystopian worlds and see what it’s like when every single one of them collides…It’s insane. It’s hilarious. It’s spot on. And in this strange way, it works so well.” Stacked

BUMPED is a highly intelligent novel that takes a close psychological look at a culture of extremes, vividly illustrating the dangers of going too far in either direction…BUMPED will make readers uncomfortable, and it will make them think. McCafferty isn’t afraid to take risks, and the result is something truly indescribable. Readers may love it or hate it, but they’ll certainly never forget it.” The Bookish Type

“BUMPED is bothersome and intentionally uncomfortable, the disturbing nature of its society presented in a lighter way due to the aforementioned humor but all the more unnerving as a result of this approach…It’s a book that will certainly inspire a wealth of differing opinions, ensuring that it will never be placed on a shelf and forgotten but will rather slither into our subconscious long after we’ve read it, raising new questions and eliciting new emotions with each remembrance.” Supernatural Snark

“This book is intense. Really intense. After seeing a lot of reviews I thought I knew what to expect from Bumped. But honestly, nothing can prepare you for a story like this. Its shocking. Its exciting. Its frustrating. Its REALLY frustating. But most of all BUMPED is the kind of story that sticks with you and makes you question the life that you live…Whether you love it, or hate it there is no question that you will remember BUMPED.” That Hapa Chick

“I think that a lot of people will either love or hate this book. It deals subtly and not so subtly with issues that push people’s buttons…There will be shouts of ‘This book supports teen pregnancy!’ but if you have a brain at all you will clearly see that it does the exact opposite. I ask that you read this book and see for yourself which side you will fall on…Even if you dislike it I guarantee that it will be unlike any book you have ever read before and it will definitely give you some things to think about.” Pure Imagination

“BUMPED  is a fantastic dystopian novel that will stand out from the many others that are being released this year. It tackles controversial issues with wit and humor, but still manages the reader to think, What if? BUMPED is definitely my new favorite series and I am counting down the days for the next book.” Muggle-Born.net

“I thought about Bumped long after I finished reading it. I talked about the book to several people, who are now anxiously awaiting it’s April 26th release date. I will say, however, that the book is not for everyone. It might be one that people either love or hate, but it is undeniable that it will be talked about for a very long time. There are several themes that will spark great discussion such as the media’s hypocritical viewpoints of sexuality, in particular teen sexuality, pregnancy, the increasingly blurry lines of where reality and celebrity meet and end. It also touches upon our crazy need to design the perfect person, inject ourselves with medicine to take away/mask our flaws and humanity. All of these issues are current in our society, which is what makes a book like Bumped so important because it makes us feel uncomfortable and forces us to think about things that we would like to push in the back our minds.” Books in the Spotlight

So…what will YOU think of BUMPED? (Of course, I hope you love it.) Get in on the debate April 26th.

P.S. I’ll be thanking readers who purchase BUMPED in its first week on sale with autographed swag. Details to come!


More Book Bloggers Love BUMPED

With just two weeks until the April 26th publication of BUMPED (but what are official publication days in a world where you can pre-order at any time?) these book bloggers are making me more excited than ever to share it with you all:

“BUMPED doesn’t just color outside the lines a little bit; it paints its picture in 3D…It is a must read for every teenager entering high school and for anyone who has ever felt like they didn’t fit in.” Sera Rivers

“This was a fantastic book. I’ve been completely burned out on YA lately, especially YA dystopia, but I decided to make an exception for BUMPED. I’m so glad I did. McCafferty took an idea that is frowned upon in our society (teen pregnancy) and made a world that treats it like its salvation. It shows just how strongly circumstance is attached to our ideas of right and wrong.” The Zen Leaf

“I love that Megan takes on the hot-button issues, injects some sarcasm and humor, and still manages to make her reader think, and I mean really think, about the issues at hand…This may be a classic case of a book that is so perfect for YA readers that many adult gatekeepers think it is too much for them.  McCafferty does a fantastic job and I highly recommend BUMPED.” The Reading Zone

“The world of BUMPED is cleverly drawn and realistic, and what I loved best about the book was the scary way in which I could really see this happening. As a sensible-minded woman living in 2011, I can’t say that parts of the story didn’t horrify me — but I think that was the point…It’s slightly deranged and creepy, sure, but also somehow . . . plausible. And fascinating. And addictive. That’s what made it work.” Write Meg!

“It’s interesting, fresh, and plays brilliantly on the growing dystopia trend. It takes real problems that we have now and twists them into something grotesque that captivates us so completely that we can’t look away. I cannot wait to read the next in the series and I can only imagine that it will be even better than this.” The Lady Critic’s Library

“Fundamentally, BUMPED isn’t about capitalism or cults – it’s about the abuses that take place when the youngest and most vulnerable members of society have all vestige of choice stripped from them and instead the older and the upper-class decide how to best use them as human commodities sacrificed to ideology and greed.” Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

“Reminiscent of Atwood’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE, BUMPED is a fast-paced dystopian novel that distills issues of love, friendship, faith, loyalty, and family to their essence. McCafferty blends drama and humor effortlessly, populating a disconcerting world with refreshingly complicated characters. A cliffhanger ending will have readers clamoring for the sequel.” Points West

P.S. If you’re in the New Jersey area, I’ve got events at Barnes & Noble in Princeton (Marketfair) on 4/26 at @7PM and at Barnes & Noble in Brick on 5/4 @7PM. I hope to see many of you there! (And for those who can’t get my autograph in person, I’ll announce an opportunity to get signed swag very soon…)



Book Bloggers Love BUMPED

BUMPED goes on sale three weeks from today (April 26th! Need I parenthetically remind you that you can always pre-order it now?) but for several weeks running it was the number one most requested title on NetGalley. I’m thrilled by the enthusiastic responses from book bloggers who are under no obligation whatsoever to say such amazing things about it:

“I loved the word choice, the scene construction, the cast of characters, the themes…everything just came together into a damn near perfect reading experience.” (5 out of 5 Zombie Chickens) Presenting Lenore

Bumped is a richly developed book with layer upon layer of meaning, peppered with humour about a ridiculous world that McCafferty herself is not afraid to mock.  A book that deals with the issue of teen pregnancy in a way that I don’t think I could ever forget.  If I had to choose one author to read for the rest of my life, right now, right this second, I would pick her.  And probably if you asked me again next week, my answer would be the same.” The Crooked Shelf Continue reading Book Bloggers Love BUMPED

Thanks, Kirkus and PW!

McCafferty proves that dystopias don’t have to be dreary to be provocative. A virus has left everyone over the age of 18 unable to procreate, making teenagers the only viable “breeders” and spawning a pregnancy-obsessed future society. Chapters alternate between the perspectives of two 16-year-old twins, separated at birth: deeply religious Harmony, raised in god-fearing, vaguely Amish “Goodside,” and Melody, whose adoptive parents have been crafting her into the perfect Reproduction Professional or RePro, sought by wealthy, barren couples. McCafferty (the Jessica Darling series) has enormous fun in her first YA novel: tweens, aka “nubie-pubies,” try on Preggerz FunBumps, designed to mimic pregnancy; expectant teens munch on Folato Chips for folic acid boosts; and slang like “fertilicious,” “terminal,” and “barren” is used with abandon. Yet she also raises challenging questions about individuality and morality. There’s a predictable though entertaining identity switch, and readers must wait until the next book to learn if these girls end up with the lives (and guys) they want. The book’s carefree sexuality and exploitation makes it uncomfortable, scandalous, and not easily forgotten—there’s little doubt that’s exactly what McCafferty is going for.” Ages 14–up. Publishers Weekly

“In this well-realized dystopia, a virus has rendered nearly everyone in the world unable to have children after age 18. As a result, teen pregnancies become the only way to continue civilization. Alternating chapters follow two identical twins, Melody and Harmony, who meet for the first time just as Melody is about to begin fulfilling her lucrative contract to “bump” and produce a baby for a wealthy couple. Harmony has left her conservative religious enclave in an attempt to convince Melody to embrace God instead. Everything goes awry when Harmony intercepts the pregnancy agent’s wonderful news: Melody will be “bumping” with the most famous and desirable surrogate father alive. As the story progresses, however, the each twin faces serious doubts about her original plans. McCafferty invents teen slang that rings true, such as “a pregg” (baby), “facespace” and “until our parents’ generation finally takes a dirtnap.” The author keeps her characters lively, giving them distinct personalities, and she clearly takes sides in judging her imagined future society. Despite the futuristic setting, the main focus of the book is a cautionary tale about teen pregnancy and casual, loveless sex. McCafferty includes abundant sexual references, mostly from the enthusiastic high-school girls who compete over their “preggs” and “bumps.” She leaves readers with an ambiguous ending, sure to keep them thinking. (Science fiction. 14 & up) Kirkus

P.S. Seeing my work classified as Sci-Fi gave me a laugh. I never imagined I’d write anything categorized as such!