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Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect.

Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Somethin

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ebook, 384 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published May 5th 2005)
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Jack Becker I see it as Westerfeld's way of showing us how Tally goes from being "pretty-minded" to more "cured" throughout the book. Trust me, I felt the same…moreI see it as Westerfeld's way of showing us how Tally goes from being "pretty-minded" to more "cured" throughout the book. Trust me, I felt the same way at first, until I read on and realized it was just "pretty-talk," and from then on it was used more ironically, which I thought effectively showed the change in mind-set. (less)
Kristalyn WesterFeld, I imagined, tried to make David and Zane two completely different people. So he is like the opposite of David.
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Rachel
Jun 19, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's what I wrote on my book club blog about Pretties, and the whole series: Westerfeld knows that he's writing to teens, so he's trying to address a LOT of issues that teens face. One is, obviously, being superficial. Remember reading the teen magazines, hearing all of the celebrity gossip (not to mention your own school gossip), trying to dress well and be "cool?" Maybe you were better than I was and didn't get pulled into that, but most teens are. And often the pull doesn't go away once you ...more
Kristina
Mar 22, 2009 Kristina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Kristina by: Kenzie
I'm pretty disappointed with this book. The last one was pretty good but this one... not so great. They kept using this stupid pretty language that annoyed me to no end. If i hear that anything is "Bogus, bubbly, pretty-making, fashion-missing" ect. EVER again, i might have to strangle that person.

Besides the annoying slang, the main character is now a complete twit. She is a "Pretty" sure, but she made some really stupid decisions. The worst was at the end. She picked the WRONG guy. and that's
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Jessica
Jul 24, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I found most interesting about Pretties was its thematic use of various forms of bodily mutilation/eating disorders. In a perfect society, where everyone is brain-damaged into peace and transformed into absolutely perfectly beautiful creatures, how do you rebel? By starving yourself, cutting yourself - in a lesser sense, by covering your body in tattoos. (Tattoos as mutilation is a controversial thought, and I'm not sure I know where I stand with it - I mean, are some tattoos okay, but a bo ...more
Tatiana
Just like "Uglies," "Pretties" is an entertaining read. Tally's adventures continue as she becomes pretty and fights to regain her awareness. We meet some new characters, including Tally's new love interest. The story moves fast and gets more intense in the third part of the book. Like many mentioned before, the "pretty talk" gets annoying. There is only so many times you can take the word "bubbly" repeated. But I guess the author was trying to create a "pretty language" indicative of the slow p ...more
Beth
Feb 19, 2008 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretties is the sequel to Uglies, the second in a trilogy which I had started back two months previous. I opened the book with some hesitancy, despite the fact that I'd enjoyed the first book and had been anxious to start the second, since the details of the first book were kind of fuzzy — would I remember enough to piece together a coherent story?

Turns out I needn’t have worried. Pretties picks up where Uglies left off, yes — but the main character’s memory has been tampered with and she can’t
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Helen
Apr 30, 2013 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really? Gotta bring in a love triangle? Sigh.
And if I never hear the word "bubbly" again, I'll die happy.
Pretty positive I won't be finishing this series, because I like my brain cells too much.
Christina
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Ariel
Jul 16, 2013 Ariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first completed novel for the #BookTubeAThon!

My thoughts on this book are simple:
- I enjoyed it, but I don't think it comes close to matching how great Uglies was
- The plot in the last around 100 pages was exciting, but the first 2/3rds of this book dragged and felt all-together unnecessary
- The novel felt repetitive and redundant at several points
- I feel like it's suffering from middle-book-syndrome

I did enjoy it, like I said, but it just didn't capture me like the first one. I will defini
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Mary
Jul 12, 2008 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Michael
"Pretties" suffers from middle-of-a-trilogy-itis. It has to move the story forward, setting up things to come in the final installment, but it can't necessarily push things too far ahead for fear of losing audiences in the next installment.

"Pretties" picks up a few months after "Uglies" ended with Tally having undergone surgery and become pretty. We're treated to glimpses of her hedonistic lifestyle now, but a lot of the first third of this story had me wondering when the real plot would kick in
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Diane
(EDITED: Updated star-status at the end)

Is this book really as bad I as I think it is? I need more friends to read this, to reassure me that it really is awful and it's not just that I'm sick (which I am. I mean, with bronchitis.) So do it! Read this! And tell me it is bad!! ("Ew, this is awful! taste it!")

Anyway, i'd say 2 stars just because i feel guilty giving only 1 star and I *did* finish it. So, 1.5 stars. Because you know something is wrong when "It Was Okay" sounds way too generous...

Whe
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Norah Una Sumner
Feb 23, 2016 Norah Una Sumner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Uglies fans
Recommended to Norah by: I brought this misery upon myself
If I hear word bubbly one more time,I'll kill someone.

This was boring as hell.The story is boring,actions of the characters are utterly boring and stupid,the ending is stupid as hell...I'm really disappointed.And there's suddenly a love triangle(really Scott,REALLY?)

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The only person I liked in this book was thankfully Tally.That's the only reason I'm giving this book 2 stars.She's really great.Everyone else...not so much.Shay is a freaking idiot and so is Peris.Zane seems like a decent guy,but I
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Valerie
Sep 25, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I liked this book better than the first. Maybe it’s because I'm more open to sci-fi or maybe it’s because it was just better. *shrug* Either way I liked it better. And I'm not a big sci-fi reader but I think the world Westerfeld creates is unique and things are explained well without it feeling like an overload of information. I didn't much like how the rusties (being us) are considered stupid but then again in the 1900s people took tape worm pills to lose weight, we know better now.

Anyways, get
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Daphne
If you take the first book and add some slight differences, annoying slang, a more unlikeable Tally, a complete assassination of Shay's character, and a forced love triangle, you basically have this book.

The plot of Pretties really is very similar to the plot of Uglies. Tally starts out living in the city, not questioning anything about her life until a new friend shows her there is more to it. She ends up escaping the city and living in the wilderness for a while and then meets up with the rebe
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Rai
Oct 04, 2008 Rai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott Westerfield has a tallent that I enjoy as equally as it annoys me- he can change my mind like a remote control! At the end of the first book in this series, Uglies, I thought that it was the end of the world and that the next book couldn't possibly go the way I wanted it to go! But as I read Pretties, I found that what I had so stubbornly wanted while reading the first book dissolved and I suddenly wanted something else. At the end of this book the feeling of "Oh no! It's the end of the wo ...more
rebecca ɤ
*Sing to the tune of Blank Space*

"Reading this book felt like torture. Don't say I didn't say I didn't warn ya."


Angst. The angst is everywhere. I tried with this book, I really did but the plot just got even more muddled after the Uglies. I could not stop myself from rolling my eyes and suppressing the urge to fling this book across the room every 5 minutes.

Let's take a moment to look at this synopsis:

Tally Youngblood is popular and Prettyville boyfriend Zane leads the Crims gang. But Croy
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Phoenix2
Apr 08, 2016 Phoenix2 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci Fi \ dystopian fans
As the name suggests, Tally is pretty. And she lives now with other pretties and she acts pretty, but, fortunately, only for a little while at the beginning. Then she is "cured", or she tries to be cured, and to escape, along with Zane, a pretty who doesn't want to think pretty any more. Now, I liked how Tally has transformed into a confident heroine, even though she is not completely herself. Plus, she tries to be the leader of her group, or ends up being the leader, because "she is Tally Young ...more
Violet
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will
Jun 15, 2012 will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Congratulations Mr. Westerfeld, you managed to impress me, amaze me, and convince me to read the third book.

When I finished "Uglies" (the first book in the series), I was really impressed and looking forward to reading "Pretties". 20% into the book, I was starting to feel depressed. What I had hoped for wasn't happening. There was no strong female protagonist, there was nothing new. Well, nothing new except for a new relationship with another boy. Aaaargh! I was worried that I was going to end
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Olivia (Оља)
Dec 27, 2014 Olivia (Оља) rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
Don't judge me, but the first time I have read Uglies, David was a character I didn't like at all, but I ended up having my mind completely changed about him. I honestly wanted more of him and Tally and I expected them to at least share a kiss (for the sake of my little fangirl soul).
On the other hand, Zane was someone I didn't enjoy reading about as much as I thought I would, and his and Tally's relationship was really boring for me in some parts.
Even though it was a good and fast read I more o
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Tabetha
May 08, 2015 Tabetha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a 40-something mom falling for YA fiction all over again. Pretties is not as fast-paced as Uglies, but this second installment in the series made me more emotionally involved overall, and made me care more for Tally and the other characters by the end of the book. Be patient with the slower parts--it will build soon and surpass your expectations. Scott Westerfeld is brilliant at creating this superficial world and characters, who have created their own future-language. The ending has the pe ...more
Amelie
Nov 15, 2015 Amelie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stand: 2010

Band eins war ja schon genial, aber Band zwei fand ich sogar noch ein wenig besser. Besonders das Ende des Buches haut einen geradezu um. Ich kann es gar nicht erwarten endlich Band drei in die Finger zu bekommen.
Wenn man mit dem Buch beginnt ist man erst einmal geschockt. Es ist schrecklich zu sehen, dass Tally wirklich durch und durch eine Pretty geworden ist. Dass die Operation tatsächlich etwas bewirkt, sie geradezu "hirnlos" macht. Allerdings unterscheidet sich Tally doch noch vo
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Amelia
I am beyond dissapointed with this sequel. Uglies was intriguing, making it's society around our world's obsession with apperance. This book was just 350 pages of dull "action". I didn't even read most of the book: I just skimmed it so I could move onto Specials.
Where did the strong Tally that had developed so well go?

She turned into a brainless idiot, never to be seen for the majority of the book.
And, worst of all, she's attached to her new boyfriend like glue.
Yes, her new boyfriend.
THUS, Wes
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Jess Zahra
Feb 26, 2016 Jess Zahra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
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Yep – If you have read ‘Pretties’ then you know what I’m on about.

Once again, I have discovered a novel that defies the stereotype ‘sequel syndrome’. I enjoyed ‘Pretties’ a lot more than ‘Uglies’ – the characters actually had a bit of depth, the story line picked up tremendously and the action was nothing short of thrilling – this novel reads like a movie. Seriously.

One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book was the way that the Pretties talked. Their vocabulary was introd
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Emily M
Dec 21, 2009 Emily M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was one of the most annoying books I have ever read in my life. Every other word was totally bubbly which I never really understood what this meant. (I was guessing something along the lines of a futuristic oh my gosh) The first book was what got me to read this book, but it went in a completely different direction. The characters where like different people, the plot had huge gaping holes in it and being in the mind of someone who was mentally impared by the government (the government made ...more
Rachelle
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Celeste
Apr 07, 2012 Celeste rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kate
Sep 08, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
the only copy the library had of this was on CD...the lady has a REALLY annoying voice, so I am going to have to put this on hold and wait until I can get a copy to read myself.

At first, I thought this would be a 3-star book because the beginning was just more of the same from the first book. It was still enjoyable, but it was kind of "been there, done that." The second half of the book, however, picked up and became more of its own story. I found the idea of the anthropology study very interest
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Joyzi
Oct 25, 2010 Joyzi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peeps who can stand horrible dialogues
Recommended to Joyzi by: Youtube
My 2nd review:
(2 stars)
Why? O Why? The last chapters of the book kind of redeemed it a little bit. I love Zane, I'm Team Zane all the way.
(My first review below...)

My 1st review:
(1 star)
Gosh, I can't believe that I'm giving up on this book (did not finish it, I came until the 2/3 of the book). It's just like IMO the most annoying book I've ever read in my entire life, the dialogues are just crappy and the Pretties are like the dumbest, air-headed characters.

The conversations was just this annoyi
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Nathan
Apr 02, 2008 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretties is interesting. Just interesting. I like the midnighters series, and scott westerfield writes well, if not a little to actiony. Now, pretties, a book about a post apocalyptic world. The similarity to other post apocalyptic worlds ends their. He just needs to set it like that so the story works. His ideas are new. His ideas are well worked out. The plot however, takes a deep dive. The plot, to put it blandly, stinks. The plot, while it has it's twist and turns, does not feel unexpected. ...more
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation f
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