Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

GBC Review by Sofia S.

For this month’s book review, I thought I would share the book “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld. Uglies is about a futuristic world where everyone is turned into a Pretty when they are 16, which means they undergo a surgery that completely alters their physical appearance and turns them into an unnatural looking beautiful person. So it is a pretty interesting book to read, as the main character’s best friend is trying to find a way to escape the surgery while Tally herself wants nothing more but to be turned. There are three more books after this one, I have to say that of the series, the first two books (Uglies, Pretties) were the best but the others (Specials, Extras) were needed to fully complete the story. The Uglies books are good reads, but are slightly confusing so I think the best ages to read them are 11 and up. The conflict between Tally’s emotions are probably the most relatable part of the book; should she be loyal to her friends or become a ‘bubbleheads pretty’ for the rest of her life. I hope you enjoy this book and Happy reading GBC!

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  1. I do agree with Sofia, however I believe that while Specials is needed to complete the series, it is a bit confusing. I, in addition, think that Extras was a bit unnecessary, but that it is easily the best written. Now, in Uglies itself, the information that Tally hears….the way it changes her is, in my opinion, a little unsatisfying. All in all, Uglies is a great book.

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