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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  239,937 ratings  ·  10,408 reviews
In Tally's world, your 16th birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellant Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty, and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is having a really good time. Just before her birthday, Tally discovered that turning Pretty comes with a terrible price. She vowed to accept the operation, but with the understand ...more
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published November 1st 2005)
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Kageyama Tobio YES!
81 pages in and I'm just fricking pissed at the word use.
Through the 81 pages that I have just read, it used bubbly in practically every page.…more
81 pages in and I'm just fricking pissed at the word use.
Through the 81 pages that I have just read, it used bubbly in practically every page.(less)
Maya I remember her saying stuf like, "he swore under his breath" and it's YA so there is like 3 scenes with kissing…moreI remember her saying stuf like, "he swore under his breath" and it's YA so there is like 3 scenes with kissing(less)
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Miranda Reads
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

What happens when perfection isn't good enough?
Undergoing the Pretty Operation - aka the mandated set of operations at age 16 designed to make everyone as beautiful as possible - was all that Tally ever dreamed of....

Well, until (in typical YA fashion), she learns that her loving and kind government actually inserted lesions into the brain thus neutering the population.

These lesions made Pretties incapable of anger, meanness and anything that required difficultly. Everything is "bu
Mar 22, 2009 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
May 24, 2008 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
If I never hear the word "bubbly" again, I'll die happy.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Pretties (Uglies, #2), Scott Westerfeld

Pretties is a 2005 science fiction novel and the second book of the Uglies Trilogy written by Scott Westerfeld. The premise of the novel relies on a future set in a future dystopian world in which everyone is turned "Pretty" by extreme cosmetic surgery upon reaching age 16. It tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against society's enforced conformity. ...

The book begins with Tally, the main protagonist, as a Pretty debating what to wear t
Jul 24, 2007 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
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#1 Uglies - ★★★★★
#2 Pretties - ★★★★★
#3 Specials - Not read yet

Pretties is the second book in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I loved the first book a lot, and I had to continue the series!

In the first book, we are introduced to a world where beauty means everything. People are born as Uglies, and once they turn 16, they undergo plastic surgery and become Pretties.

Tally is still an Ugly, and all she ever wants to do is become a Pretty. Af
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
“What happens when perfection isn't good enough?”
― Scott Westerfeld, Pretties

I read this whole series from beginning to end. There were some things I liked about it. I liked Tally. And I liked the world building and the imagery.

However there were so many things I did not like. I was n ot all that drawn in and I thin k that is because the story has so much action and non dialogue to it that it really did not do anything for me. I was a bit bored frankly.

As mentioned by others the cutting sequenc
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Nov 10, 2007 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
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Uglies
This review contains spoilers for Uglies.

After rereading Uglies and finding it just as engaging as I remembered, I was looking forward to rereading Pretties next. While I didn’t end up liking it quite as much as Uglies, it was still enjoyable and I’m still looking forward to completing the series and rereading Specials (we’re ignoring Extras).

One thing didn’t change from book one to book two of this series: the pacing. I mentioned in my review of Uglies that Scott Westerfeld had me hooked from v
Apr 18, 2013 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
Norah Una Sumner
Apr 06, 2015 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?)


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
(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...

Nov 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*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 C
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Beauty, freedom, pressure, popularity, friendship.

One day it was sunny outside, and a girl wanted to read a book. She was already currently reading SEVEN BOOKS but, decided that as great as they were she didn't want them. She wanted some nostalgia for a better/worse time when she was in high school. And this was one of those books she had read all those years ago and it was still on her shelf. She remembered that it was pretty awesome. In fact, it was so awesome that despite reading it
Faith M ✨
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Faith by: Megan Murri
The Writing and Worldbuilding

It builds on the world Uglies established, expanding and giving insight into the behind the scenes of the society. (view spoiler)
Oct 04, 2008 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
"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
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if these are supposed to be the most beautiful humans on the planet, why does the man on the cover look like a toad?
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
*******Spoilers ahead******

In Pretties, we once again catch up with our heroine extraordinaire, Tally. Tally has now had the pretty making surgery and is drop dead gorgeous. But being pretty isn't enough for Tally. She wants to be in a special pretty group called the Crims. She and Shay are back in BFF land and all is well with the world.

Tally also meets Zane and insta-love is formed. I guess it was insta-love but, again, I didn't see any chemistry at all. All thoughts of David are out the windo
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
Oct 21, 2009 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
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Oxford
For me the Uglies series are the most under-hyped books I have ever read. This is one of my all time favorite series right up there with Harry Potter, Throne of Glass and the Hunger Games. I first read the series in high school and on this re-read I feel it really stands the test of time!
3.5 stars.
Definitely feels like a bit of a bridging book between the first and third. Not bad, but not as compelling as the first. The ending was good though, and really makes me want to finish the series.
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Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He is best known for the Uglies and Leviathan series. His current series, IMPOSTORS, returns to the world of Uglies.

The next book in that series, MIRROR'S EDGE, comes out April 6, 2021.

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