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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
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Apr 01, 11

bookshelves: young-adult-materials
Read in April, 2011

In Westerfeld's futuristic world, everyone is made pretty for their 16th birthday through not-so-unrealistic forms of cosmetic surgery. Protagonist Tally, however, begins to realize that becoming a Pretty is not all that it is cracked up to be thanks to the help of her Ugly friend Shay. Tally learns that the Pretties change not only in appearance, but also personality. Recognizing the wrongfulness of society's forced conformity, Tally decides to rebel against becoming a Pretty; she will remain an Ugly at all costs. Doing so requires Tally to run away to the Smoke, a wildnerness area separating the Uglies from the Pretties. As Tally grows accustomed to the Ugly lifestyle in the Smoke, she begins to appreciate their seemingly free way of life. She also falls in love with an Ugly named David. Together Tally, Shay, and David strive to fight conformity and maintain their Ugly status.

This scifi novel is all about resistance to conformity and the choices frequently made by young adults in regards to friendship and sincerity. The themes render this book most useful for adolescents, ages 12-16.

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