UgliesPaperback - 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. Uglies If you like the Uglies series, check out these other post-apocolyptic and… (more)
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In a future where everyone gets a chance to be physically perfect, one girl finds out the truth behind society's beautiful facade.
CRRLAdults Aug 14, 2017
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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In a world of extreme beauty, everyone normal is ugly.
-Cover of the book
“We're not freaks, Tally. We're normal. We may not be gorgeous, but at least we're not hyped-up Barbie dolls.”
"Ninety-nine percent of humanity had had something done to their brains, and only a few people in the world knew exactly what."
"The early morning sky was the color of cat vomit." - Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
"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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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.
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. -
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.
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.
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.
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
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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