Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

ugliesUglies by Scott Westerfeld
Series: Uglies #1
Published by: (Originally) Simon Pulse on February 8th 2005
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 406
Source: Bought- Paperback


My Rating: 4 stars2

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…

On your sixteen birthday, you begin the pretty transformation. Up until then, your considered an ugly. Everyone is segregated based on whether your a pretty or an ugly. All the pretties live on one side of town, and uglies on other.

Tally is 15 years old and her birthday is coming up soon. Her best friend, Perry has already turned 16 and has turned into a pretty. While alone and looking for mischief, she meets Shay. Shay is also alone, having all her friends turned also. They– Shay and Tally– start hanging out with each other and it just so happens they both share the same birthday. But, Shay doesn’t want to be a pretty. She’d rather be on the outside. Will Tally go behind her new best friends back and confess? Or join her?

my thoughts 2

This book was fantastic! I’m really glad my BookTube friends and Instagram friends choose this as the February TBR jar pick. (I choose 4 random books out of a bag and post on Youtube and Instagram of the choices and everyone votes as to which book I should read for the month).

I really enjoyed this world! It’s so relatable in how this is something that could really happen in the future. Today, everyone is so obsessed with how they look and that they need to look skinny, and have perfect skin, and perfect hair, etc. Uglies is a perfect representation of a futuristic world in which we could possibly go into!

The reasoning as to why I gave this a 4/5 stars and not a 5/5 stars is because it was at one point very predictable and it wasn’t exciting when the event actually happened. After that happened, some parts dragged for me. I really did enjoy the book, and I really had fun reading it!

Tally was such an interesting character. I don’t really understand the love interest.. I found it weird at first and I don’t know if I like it or not. It’s a little odd to me. Shay was probably my favorite character– she was very sarcastic and fun to read about.

favorite quotes

“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”- Scott Westerfeld, Uglies


“We’re not freaks, Tally. We’re normal. We may not be gorgeous, but at least we’re not hyped-up Barbie dolls.”- Scott Westerfeld, Uglies


“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”- Scott Westerfeld, Uglies

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