Imagine my excitement when I find out that Megan McCafferty is going to have her release party event for Bumped in her hometown of Princeton, which is only a 45 minute haul for me…definitely worth it! Not only that…this means I get to hang out with some amazing blogger friends again AND meet some new ones! I didn’t have to think twice about clearing my schedule to attend!
I arrived a bit early which was a surprise considering I’m pretty sure my GPS, affectionately known as Crazy Mary, was trying to get me lost and/or kill me. Thanks for telling me that my destination is on the left, but darnit, there is a concrete barrier in my way. Shall I try to go through it? Soon enough, I was in Barnes & Nobles..I grabbed an iced skinny vanilla latte and bought Bumped and I was READY TO GO.
Much hugging and laughing ensued shortly after as some awesome people began to arrive! It was so nice to see the always wonderful Steph Su (my IHop buddy and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet) and the hilarious Frankie from First Novels Club (who has exceptionally good taste in music and will be joining me to see The Naked and the Famous next week!!). Then I got to meet some really awesome bloggers from around the area for the first time — Alise from Alise on Life and Jenna from An Avid Reader’s Musings (who are both the sweetest girls ever…I see more hangouts in our future!), Steph’s YA loving friend Melissa from college who somehow managed to survive amongst us crazy bloggers 😛 , and Christi who is a teen librarian who drove all the way from the Jersey Shore!! That’s dedication, folks!
And finally…in walks Megan McCafferty. I feel like fireworks should have been going off and and streamers should have been whizzing through the air because she is that fabulous and she is cute to boot (loved her outfit!). I was kicking myself in the butt for not making her the cupcakes that I wanted to but..at least I was there! Anyways, Megan started talking a little bit about Bumped and her inspiration for it. She mentioned that the idea really came to her around the time when the Gloucester Pregnancy Pact hit the news, Juno came out, Jamie Lynn Spears/Bristol Palin got preggers and the whole 16 and Pregnant phenomenon had sparked much media attention. The focus on the teenage pregnancy issue, coupled with the extremes on how to handle it coming from different political spectrums, really inspired the concept behind Bumped.
Another interesting point she touched on was that Bumped isn’t supposed to be an “issues” book about teen pregnancy. And rather than being a dark dystopian tale about girls being used to make lots of babies..it is more of a satire. I was so glad to hear this confirmed because when I had first started reading it, I wasn’t sure how to take it. And then the more I read, the more I began to think I knew that it was more meant to be more satirical than anything…so I was glad to hear her explain it!
And then she read from Bumped and I truly mean this…everyone who reads Bumped should get to listen to her read an excerpt because it really sets the whole tone of the book. All the “rillys” and valley girl-esque pregs talk really came to life and was HILARIOUS. After some Q&A it was time to get our books signed…and let’s just say it turned into a book blogger photo shoot. Work it..work it..work it. Show a little more book. We were pretty early in the line and I’m pretty sure that everyone behind us HATED us. lol. I would have. Oooh and we got to see Megan’s ADORABLE son…and apparently we have something in common..our love for Rick Riordan. He’s just as bookish as the rest of us because he just about melted when he heard that Rick was going to be at the same B&N next week.
Then we went to get some food, because in my experience, bloggers love food just as much as they love books! It was a great time. SO many laughs. We talked about everything from books to extreme couponing and BEA!! It was seriously so much fun and I’m so happy to meet some other bloggers around the area. They are all really awesome people!