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425 pages, Paperback
First published February 8, 2005
In Tally Youngblood's society, everyone obtains absolute physical perfection - the perfect skin, hair, eyes, literally everything. At least, after you turn sixteen and undergo the right operations.
“In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly.”
“...I want those perfect eyes and lips, and for everyone to look at me and gasp. And for everyone who sees me to think Who's that? and want to get to know me, and listen to what I say."Then, Shay comes to Tally with a wild story. There are people, "Smokies," who live outside of their city and would rather remain Ugly than turn Pretty.
"I'd rather have something to say.”
Your personality - the real you inside - was the price of beautyAnd the overconfident Specials are going to get more than they bargained for.
“Maybe they didn't want you to realize that every civilization has its weakness. There's always one thing we depend on. And if someone takes it away all that's left is some story in a history class.”Rereading this one as an adult really made this one pop in my mind. It definitely passed the test of time.