Uglies

Uglies

Paperback - 2005
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Tally lives in a world where your 16th birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases 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. But then she meets Shay, and her whole outlook is different.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2005
ISBN: 9780689865381
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CRRL_ChristineC Jun 22, 2018

In a future where everyone gets a chance to be physically perfect, one girl finds out the truth behind society's beautiful facade.

Everybody wants to be Pretty--don't they? Tally Youngblood isn't so sure, especially after her friend runs away to join the rebels. But Tally's operation that will make her a Pretty is coming up soon. She must decide.

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. (catalog description)

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 pr... Read More »

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.


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courtws
Aug 15, 2020

Second time I tried this one. The first, I couldn't get past the concept of uglies and pretties; the second, it was a very quick read and I wanted to immediately reserve the next 3 in the series. Unfortunately in times of COVID when the libraries won't allow holds, that may mean a very long time before I get to finish the series... Can't wait!

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danifarmer
Jul 30, 2020

I have loved this book for a very long time and you can very well see our culture going this way! A great read for anyone!

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Alexis_W
Jul 08, 2020

A book unlike any I have ever read before, Uglies tackles some very important topics semi-subtly while keeping the reader’s attention in a well-developed science-fiction dystopian world. Tally, the main character, is about to turn sixteen, when she will get a surgery turning her from an Ugly into a New Pretty. When a new friend, Shay, comes into Tally’s life and tells her about how she may not want to have the surgery, Tally’s life spirals out of control. She soon learns that the Pretty existence isn’t exactly what it seems, and she must make some very important decisions about her future. I enjoyed the plot of this book and some of the moral struggles of the different characters, along with the periodic suspense. There were, however, times where I found myself disinterested in the current happenings of the book, causing me to skim until the book regained its fast pace. Despite this, I highly recommend this book to anyone ages 11+ that enjoys science fiction, a reading that provokes deeper thought, and an overall fast-paced plot.

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smurphy2
Nov 21, 2019

this book was really good, it took a little bit long to get in to, but than it got super good and I couldn't stop reading it.

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PepperBlushofSong
Nov 10, 2019

I really understand that in this time and age we are more focused on how we look and dress and act. We might see everything as one big UGLY mess and that we try to find a place to fit in (new pretty town) to make are selves feel good and that we are worth something . We might be PRETTY or we might be UGLY it is just how we look on life itself and on other people .

I liked how SCOTT WESTERFELD put Tally in a situation that she had to make a choice of doing what is right in order to get what she really wants in life or hurting people by doing wrong .
It has a great plot line and I was really into it and I was even calling my friends at youth group the suffixes . Thank you SCOTT WESTERFELD

YLPLTEENBOOKBLOG Jun 17, 2019

I personally love dystopian fiction and have read many of them. I consider Uglies by Scott Westerfeld as one of my favorites in this genre. It’s the first book of a quadrilogy, and it establishes a really great start. The story takes place in a society where everyone receives a prosthetic surgery when they turn sixteen, a surgery that shapes their looks into “perfection”. The main character Tally is just on the verge of turning sixteen when the book starts, making us the readers jump into her point of view as an Ugly (the general name for everyone before the surgery) who is ready and eager to transform into her perfect self. Her journey will make you reconsider the seemingly glamorous society they live in. Westerfeld did a great job in making the society believable by incorporating many creative little details into the world. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves dystopian novels, but also to anyone who just wants an easy but very entertaining read. Rating 4.5/5.
@Cathy, Grade 9, of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jun 10, 2019

Seems like a good start to a series. I really loved the book but I did find it a little predictable, the plot was good, and I hope to read the rest of the series after I complete my must-read list.
Tally is a promising character but I would almost enjoy it more from David or Shay's point of view. Still, 2 thumbs up!

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kmobuckeye
Feb 24, 2019

Better than some teen post-apocolyptic stories. I definitely liked this first book the best of the series.

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louislampe
Nov 29, 2018

Rather low level Teen novel. Waste of time, I didn't finish it.

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22donkeys
Aug 19, 2018

The 'Uglies' has overly simple characters and a dull story line. This book follows the formula of so many YA books these days with a marginalized young female or male overcoming the odds to win or lead and having a mild love interst or love triangle. But this book really has very little more. There are much better books that are more fully developed than this including Sarah Maas's 'Throne of Glass' series, Pierce Brown's 'Red RIsing' series or the classic Ender's Game. If you love this YA sci fi-fantasy genre, Good Reads has great recomendations and auhtors like Sarah Maas also tell you what they reading which is a goreat way to find new books.

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Hannah Acabal
Sep 15, 2020

"I'm Tally Youngblood," she said, "Make me pretty."

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jun 10, 2019

In a world of extreme beauty, everyone normal is ugly.

-Cover of the book

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jun 10, 2019

"Making ourselves feel ugly is not fun."
-Shay

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jun 02, 2019

Better dead than ugly

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white_wolf_1506
Jan 03, 2019

“Your personality - the real you inside - was the price of beauty.”

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white_wolf_1506
Jan 03, 2019

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

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white_wolf_1506
Jan 03, 2019

"Ninety-nine percent of humanity had had something done to their brains, and only a few people in the world knew exactly what."

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chantelle2018
Mar 13, 2018

"The early morning sky was the color of cat vomit." - Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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MeteaGR
Jul 19, 2016

"It's not culture, it's evolution!"

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MeteaGR
Jul 19, 2016

"That's the worst thing they do to you, to any of you. Whatever those brain lesions are all about, the worst damage is done before they even pick up the knife: You're all brainwashed into believing you're ugly."

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raddorish
Jul 02, 2015

Tally wants to be a "Pretty" but her friend, Shay doesn't want to become a "Pretty so she runs away. The only way for Tally to become a "Pretty" is for her to bring Shay back from the "Smoke." But when she reaches the Smoke she has to decide whether she should stay in the "Smoke" or betray her friends.

vpl_childrens Aug 15, 2014

The first in a fascinating series set in a future where EVERYONE undergoes extreme body modification surgery to become "pretty" at age 16. But that is not all that is modified. Come along on this amazing journey with a group of young people who seek the truth about the becoming "pretty". Part two: Pretties, Part three: Specials. All highly recommended, swift and fun reads. -

ziqiguo Aug 19, 2013

Tally Youngblood lived as un ugly and dreamed about being an pretty. At this distinctive town people were born "Ugly" and when they turn sixteen they endure a surgery to make them pretty. As Tally knew more about the town and the outside world, her knowledge deepen and the desire of becoming a pretty declined.

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Anita Popescu
Jul 10, 2012

In a future society, where mankind has had to rebuild, teens live in the bland residential zone of the Uglies - until they turn sixteen and undergo a surgery perfecting their physical features and enabling them to live happily in the world of Pretties. Tally Youngblood, who is about to turn sixteen, is ecstatic to get this perfect life until she meets Shay, a girl of similar age. They get along well except for the fact that Shay doesn't seem to want to have the surgery done to her and tells Tally how they can escape. Tally wants to forget about her: However, when she disappears, Special Circumstances wants to find her, and they plan to use Tally by threatening that she won't get the operation unless she does what they want.

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Mahala
Dec 13, 2011

Tally has been waiting all her life for the operation that will make her pretty: gorgeous features, perfect body shape, big beautiful eyes, so that she can look like all of the other sixteen-year-olds and join them in their eternal pretty party across the river. Right now she feels ugly and petulant, and has nothing better to do than sneak out and break the rules by trying to find her best friend, who already turned pretty and lives in that other glittering world she is waiting to join.

Then she meets someone else, someone who isn't sure that turning pretty is all it's cracked up to be. Pretty soon our heroine is entangled in intrigues, underground resistances, espionage, betrayal, and even gets to fall for someone along the way.

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LuluY
Aug 15, 2011

Tally is an ugly. She wants to be Pretty. After her best friend runs away from a surgery that every 16 year old undergoes to become "perfect", Tally is blackmailed by Special Circumstances to find her friend and the town of runaways- or stay ugly forever.

Tally lives in a world where everyone receives plastic surgery to look beautiful and almost identical. She makes friends with someone who introduces her to the possibility of life beyond the shallow world of parties she has been looking forward to after her mandatory plastic surgery that she will have on her sixteenth birthday. She turns down the offer, not understanding how anyone would want to stay “ugly” but is blackmailed into going along as a spy for the Specials who enforce the falsely beautified and ditzified life of the city. Her plans to expose the rebels dissolve as she finds that individuality and aging aren’t so horrible after all

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roararose
Oct 05, 2010

tally is going to get a operation to turn her pretty (perfect) which is the norm. she becomes friend with a girl who runs away from the city/operation. tally cant get the operation till she brings shay home to the city against her wishes. so to become normal/pretty/what shes always wanted, she has to betray her friend and the smoke, a group that lives on the outside which full of those who want to don't become pretty.

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drw
Sep 02, 2010

All Tally wants is to be a pretty, but is it really all its cracked up to be?

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