Pretties (Uglies, #2)
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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. Something important. Then a message from Tally's ugly p...more
Paperback, Reprint Edition, 348 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published May 5th 2005)
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Rachel
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
Phoebe
Dear Tarah:

Well, I tried.

You were surprised that I didn't like Uglies. It was so much fun, you said! And you told me that you liked the sequel, Pretties, even more. When we talked about it, I wondered if it all boiled down to one's tolerance for hoverboards. Hoverboards are so played out, I said! It was a well-worn trope back in 1989, when Back to the Future was first released, I whined. It's certainly a cliche now.

You admitted that that might be true. But modern teenagers don't know from Marty...more
Kristina
Mar 22, 2009 Kristina rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jessica
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
Beth
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...more
Helen
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.
Mary
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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
Christina
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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...more
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...more
Ariel
Jul 16, 2013 Ariel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
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...more
Valerie
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...more
Rai
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
Violet
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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...more
Rachelle
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Kate
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...more
Nathan
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
Julia
Book TWO!

Yes. Tally is now a Pretty. She is popular and completely adopting to the superficial hype of the pretties. But, she's met a new friend, Zane (who you will LOVE). What becomes amazing is that Zane isn't like the other pretties; in fact, he has a secret. He is a Crim, but he is a Crim who has actually managed to evade the superficial vibe that takes over in New Pretty Time and find ways to stay bubbly all the time, and as such, stay much more alert and like himself. Once he manages to br...more
Airiz C
A trilogy or a book series where the sequels turn out better than the first installment is a rather rare treat for readers; almost always, the first book is the best. After reading the second book of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, I believe that this trilogy-plus-one is going to be classified in that category. :)

Pretties picks up where Uglies left off—Tally Youngblood has finally become a new Pretty and has joined her other friends in the city to live a not-so-bubbly life. The most impor...more
S.
This had better the set-up book for a sensationally intelligent denouement in the third book or Scott Westerfeld needs to be drawn, quartered and his body parts scattered to the four winds.

In fact, I'm going to hold off until I have read Specials, so I can make an informed decision as to angry ranting or jubilant praise.

***Okay, it's been a few days and I'm Calm (er).

It started so promising. In Uglies, Scott Westerfeld seemed all set to do society at large and teenagers specifically a tremendou...more
Elisa (Just a Hunch Book Blog)
Post 2013 re-read:
I enjoyed this much more than Uglies. That Zane sure is a dreamboat.

Original review:
I see that a lot of people are of the opinion that this series went more and more downhill with each book The biggest complaints- annoying language and a preachy environmentalist attitude, which I can totally see. I think how you read a book depends a lot on WHEN you read a book, and I guess that's where my perfect score comes in. It was an emotional decision, probably more than anything else....more
will
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...more
Joyzi
Oct 25, 2010 Joyzi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
FlibBityFLooB
I am still not sure what I think of this series. Part of me likes the dystopian storyline – some sections even remind me of Hunger Games (another YA series that I adore). Unfortunately, I also feel like something is missing from the series. While in the middle of this book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue to the next book. By the end, however, I decided I don’t think I’m ready to completely give up on the series yet. I will read book 3.
Colleen Houck
I am really enjoying this series. Love the Pretty slang. Someone asked me if I was a David or Zane fan. I'm not sure at this point. I'd say I'm leaning towards David but I just started Specials and right now I'm freaked out about Tally. I love the hoverboards. Don't think I could ever ride one. I'm just saying they're cool. Why hasn't this series become a movie yet?
Riya
Ugh...SO disappointed by this book.

I did this as a reread and had high expectations. I had just finished rereading Uglies and had loved it! Sadly, that was not the case with this book. This book was just BAD. Barely anything happened through the whole thing, and the plot was just lame. Literally all that was in it was a super annoying Tally who was trying to be a dumb pretty rebel. And then there was Zane- the new romantic interest. He was just so annoying. And honestly Shay is one of my least f...more
Emily M
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
Nicholas Karpuk
Jan 31, 2013 Nicholas Karpuk rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teentopiate Fans
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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...more
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