Megan McCafferty’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over

Although we’re alike in so many ways(Love Barry Manilow!  Hate tequila!) we’re also complete opposites in so many others.  Like reading.  Lisa likes to take her time and savor each books she’s reading while Liz likes to devour the book like’s she a contestant on Survivor who hasn’t eaten in four days.  For Liz, the faster she reads the book, the more she likes it.  Some of her faves have been read in mere hours!  Sure, she may be speed-reading just a tad, but when she finds uninterrupted time to dive into the incredibly growing TBR list, she doesn’t have time to F around and stop and smell the roses!

So you’ll be happy to know that she finished NYT bestselling YA author Megan McCafferty’s latest,Bumped(out on April 26th) in less than a day.  Intriguing and thought-provoking, this YA novel proves that it’s not just for teenagers. We highly recommend it!

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.

Sound good?  IT IS!!!  And you have FIVE chances to win a copy!  Just leave a comment here and you’ll be entered.  We’ll chosse the winner on Sunday April 24th after 6pm PST.



5 DO’S

1. Transfer colleges. I knew before the end of first-year orientation week (I believe I had my epiphany at BYOB–Bring Your Own Banana–Ice Cream Sunday Social) that the small college in Virginia was NOT for me. But I was afraid that if I left, I’d look like a loser to everyone back home. I stuck it out for two tumultuous years before realizing I had so much more to lose by settling. (LIFE LESSON ALERT: That’s also true of colleges, jobs, boyfriends…) So I applied–and got into–a bigger, more liberal university in New York City where I didn’t know anyone. It was the most transformative decision of my young adult life. Which brings me to #2…

2. Move somewhere no one knows you. True, it’s harder to reinvent yourself in the Facebook era. But I found it incredibly liberating to start over in a city where I could be anyone…maybe even myself. And this leads to #3…

3. Embrace your inner dork. Recently I blogged about My Top 40 Songs of All Time. This is not a list carefully crafted to impress music snobs with its coolness. At all. But a close friend pointed out it may the only list of its kind that includes both Captain and Tennille and The Smiths. It’s uniquely *me* in its uncoolness, which sort of makes it cool. This seques into #4…

4. Like what you like without guilt. I’ve worn the same scent (Colors de Benetton) since I was 13. DVF wrap dresses always flatter my figure. I re-watch the entire run of Freaks and Geeks every other year. I order the same spicy chicken in lettuce leaves when we get Chinese take-out. I research vacations all over the world and inevitably end up booking a trip somewhere in the Caribbean. These are things I like and I’m going to keep liking them because they make me happy. I’ve been cultivating these tastes for 38 years and with so much of life that’s out of my control, there’s a certain comfort to be found in what’s familiar. Then again…

5. Embrace what’s new too. It’s so easy to get stuck in a life rut. But a negative attitude about newness would have stopped me from transferring to a different college seventeen years ago or dancing my ass off with college students half my age at the LCD Soundsystem show a few weeks ago (a transcendent not-to-be-missed experience). I never want to be one of those cranks who gets stubbornly stuck in a certain mindset and goes around complaining about how much everything else sucks. Because you know what? It’s just not true. And it’s no way to enjoy the richness of life either.

I don’t dwell on regrets. Learning from my mistakes has made me who I am today. That said, I shouldn’t have gotten that home perm in eighth grade. No one should get a home perm. Under any circumstances. I mean, have you ever heard a *positive* home perm story? I rest my case.

Thanks Megan!  xoxo, L&L

To read more about Megan, head on over to her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

42 Responses to “Megan McCafferty’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over”

  1. Jennifer B

    That list was 10 kinds of awesome. And the book sounds amazing – you know when the synopsis reads that fast and furious that the book is wonderful. Can’t wait!

  2. Emilee

    This is a GREAT list! I’m hoping to take her “move where no one else knows you” advice in about 2 years when I graduate! Also I’ve been DYING to read this book ever since I read about it on goodreads!!

  3. Jane Cook

    I love your ‘Do’s’ list, Megan! Having both an inner and (quite obvious) outer ‘dork’ (yes, I too love Barry, I nearly did a spit-take when I read that, as his “Greatests Songs of…” double CD is currently playing!)…I totally agree that you MUST be ‘you’…who else CAN you be??

    This is such a great idea for a book!! Can’t wait to read, and pass along to my jr. high and high-school nieces!

  4. Mary Ward

    I love your list! I always embrace my inner dork which means liking what I like without judgement. Even if it’s cheesy Canadian teen dramas.

  5. Nina

    I love #4! Like what you like without guilt. That realization has helped me embrace being a YA reader guilt free! It’s a great genre, and I’ve heard so much positive feedback about this book! Cannot wait to read it!

  6. Elisa Abner-Taschwer

    Wow, reading this Megan and I might be twins lost at birth. Can’t wait to read this book!

  7. valerie

    Sounds great! I find that alot of YA fiction is better written than adult fiction.

  8. dodim

    What a truly unique storyline!! I can’t wait to read it, it sounds great.

  9. Kathleen Martin

    Great sounding book I’d love to read and then share with my daughters. Excellent advice, too!

  10. Kourtney

    Let me preface this by saying I am a HUGE Jessica Darling fan so when I heard about Bumped I have been so excited!

    I follow Megan on Twitter and read the list of her Top 40 songs and fell in love with her a bit more as some of my favorites were on there (Respect by Erasure is my FAVORITE song, That’s All (Phil Collins), and NO MYTH by Michael freakin Penn!?!? I thought I was the only one who knew that song!) I cannot wait to read Bumped, and the sequel she is currently working on!

  11. Jeannette P

    This is a great list! Hope I win a copy ~ Sounds like a great read!

  12. Sandi Taraschi

    I have learned of so many authors through your site,and have so many interesting books I can’t wait to read ( or win ) :)

  13. jpetroroy

    What a FANTASTIC list. I transferred also, and it was such a good decision.

  14. Kimmi

    Sometimes the thought of moving and starting over seems so….tempting.

  15. Nicole T.

    Excellent list!!! I agree with the entire list, especially moving someplace where no one knows you. Right after high school is the best time to do that! Start college in a new city somewhere far, far away from “home.” So cool.
    I have been waaaaaiting for Bumped to be released. The opportunity to win it makes me giddy!! I’ve been seeing it all over the internet, and I can’t wait to read it.

  16. Sarah

    I can heartily agree with moving somewhere where no one knows you. I moved from Minnesota to Colorado two years ago and it was really refreshing not to be stuck in the same town with the people I had gone to high school with, who never let me change.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  17. Cindy

    Thanks for the list. As a 57 year old, your advice runs true. Will share Bumped with my students. Fodder for discussion.

  18. Danielle

    I love this list and in fact most of these are goals I have. I can’t wait to read your book! I have read all of your others and love your writing style!

  19. Kirsten

    Megan sounds like my kind of chick….does exactly what makes her happy, without answering questions. Go Megan! You rock!

  20. Manda

    I can’t WAITto read this book!! Sounds very futuristic (a-la-Hunger Games). I actually just finished re-reading the entire Jessica Darling series (while I watched the entire Veronica Mars series for the 4th time). I embrace my inner dork…and Megan McCafferty is easily one of my very favorite authors!!

  21. Meg Munson

    Love this list! Can’t wait to read this book. Sounds great and it is in my TBR pile now…which is growing VERY large since finding this site LOL! Thanks again:-)

  22. Danielle Gorman

    Excellent list. I totally agree. I can’t wait to read this book. I have been eagerly awaiting it for months now.

  23. Mary

    LOVE her list. I wasn’t sure about the book synopsis but then I read her do’s and don’ts list and I’m very intrigued.

  24. Elise

    Love love love this post!!! And Captain and Tennille… and the Smiths. Toss in Neil Diamond and Frankie Valli and I’m completely on board.

    Great tips, and the book sounds terrific. Can’t wait to read it!

  25. Erin Carpas

    I would love a Copy! Sounds Amazing! I am a high school teacher and am always looking for high interest books for my Teens!

  26. Lori

    The book sounds great. It’s going on my TBR list!
    My mom permed my naturally curly hair for years to make it more “uniformly” curled…aaaaaghhhhh!

  27. Marianne

    Ok..let me add this one to the ever growing TBR pile!! I definitely like number 5. I do like to embrace new things..when I want to learn something I want to learn it well..almost to the point of perfection.No one is perfect as I recall so that is why it is to the point of near perfection. I love to learn..brain food is GOOD!!

  28. J. Goldbach

    sounds like a good read! thanks, Liz and Lisa for always sharing such great books with all of us! I LOVE your synopses and truly use your website/blog as a guidepost for my must read list!

  29. Jenn B

    Sounds great! Another book to be added to my to my wishlist!

  30. Erin S

    This book was added to my list of books a few days ago after I saw this at work, which also happens to be my library! Everything on Megan’s list has been checked off… well, almost! I have not started over in a completely new city, but when I moved here I felt like I did not know anyone. Someday we will move a big a city and I will have that experience. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Betsy

    Wow, I can relate so much to her Do’s!!! I love her writing and will for sure be reading this book.

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