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Tally lives in a world where your sixteenth birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases all your flaws, transforming you from an 'Ugly' into a 'Pretty'. She is on the eve of this important event, and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a good time. But then she meets Shay, who is also fifteen - but with a very different outlook on life. Shay isn't sure she wants to be Pretty and plans to escape to a community in ...

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Nov 13, 2020

Great First Book in Dystopian Series

I enjoyed this first book in the Uglies series. Tally grew a lot in this book. I wasnt sure if I would like her at first but I love her! I need the next one now! I would recommend this book!


Jun 15, 2011

I loved it!

I really loved this book! Wonderfully plotted, and Scott Westerfield is SO good at discribing! I couldn't set it down! I would definitely buy it!


Apr 8, 2010

The good, the bad, and the Uglies!

The good: this series (Uglies, Pretties, Extras, Specials) is a real hit with the YA crowd. I work in a high school English department, and as far as we're concerned, if they will read it, it's good.
The bad: yes, it's shallow (just like the appearance-driven society it depicts.) Yes, the romance is sudden and without basis (my disbelief was not willingly suspended.) And yes, it does tend to wink at (or even glamorize) teen-age hijinks.
The Uglies: in spite of its faults, a fun read. If you don't like Tally now, stay with it, as she does "evolve" in the subsequent novels. Amusing fluff, but potentially thought-provoking, especially for teens. Worth a try!


Apr 22, 2009


This book shows so much about today. Everyone cares too much about the outside-pretty or ugly-and what people think. Westerfield is an amazing author and i most-definitely LOVED this book! I really recommend this to ALL kids-through age 110 .A thrilling novel! It is one-of-a-kind and there's no other book like it! it is one of the most unique and meaningful book I've ever read. Most girls & Guys can relate to Tally-the wanting to be pretty and exactly like everyone else-and it is so true. There were some very surprising things happening when Tally and Shay go on an adventure that will change both their live forever!! Will they become pretty? You should definitely read this never forgetting and unbelievable novel! hope you enjoyed what i thought of the book Uglies. Just to let u know EVERY book in this trilogy is AWSOME. The 4th Book is just as Good as all the rest. ENJOY & HAPPY READING!!!!


Nov 17, 2007

I was fascinated with the world that Westerfeld created for this novel. It took me a little while to truly connect with it, but once I did I was really sucked in! The world of ?uglies? and ?pretties? is enough of an extension of our world today that it?s not that hard to believe. Combined with a bit of adventure, humor, and a heroine who likes to play pranks and take risks, what more could a reader ask for? There is a more serious side to this novel, however, that deals with themes of beauty, betrayal, and ethical dilemmas, all of which resonate strongly in today?s society. Then there is the whole government control plotline which puts one in mind of themes from Orwell?s 1984 or Bradbury?s Farenheit 451: fascinating yet scary. I thoroughly enjoyed Uglies and look forward to reading more in this series.

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