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Uglies

Westerfeld, Scott (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.
Authors: Westerfeld, Scott
Title: Uglies
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2011, c2005
Edition: Simon Pulse ed
Characteristics: 406 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Scott Westerfeld
Summary: Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.
ISBN: 9781416936381
1416936386
9781442419810
1442419814
Branch Call Number: y WESTERFEL 2011
Subject Headings: Beauty, Personal Juvenile fiction Teenage girls Juvenile fiction Friendship Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Beauty, Personal
Teenage girls
Friendship
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In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. But when her friend runs away to join the rumored resistance, Tall... Read More »

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away. Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all. And it starts to become clear that the operation that makes people pre... Read More »

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.


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Wow great book I loved it:)

Jul 09, 2014
  • littlesinger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All I got to say about this book is WOW!!!

I really hate cliff hangers, but other than that its a really great book

Jun 27, 2014
  • blue_dolphin_340 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book shows the true meaning of beauty.. That you can not change yourself and that's O.K.

Jun 25, 2014
  • princessr212 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I had to read this book for school. At first I thought it was boring, but as it got closer to the end it started to become interesting.

Jun 23, 2014
  • HopeAdams4 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I read this book for the 1st time in the 5th grade and absolutely loved it. About 4 years later after re-reading it, I still thought it was a great book, the storyline was interesting enough, but it just didn't seem to flow as well and the writing didn't seem as great as it had when I was younger. I still enjoyed reading this book, it just felt different the second time around, maybe because I've been exposed to more challenging reads (which this is not).

Jun 22, 2014
  • afry882 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best teen dystopian books written in a while!

May 31, 2014
  • blobinshlober rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thrilling and captivating. I loved this book a lot!

May 25, 2014
  • Violet_Otter_9 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great book about the vulnerability of youth and the superficial mask of perfection, covering "perfection"

May 24, 2014
  • greengiraffe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was absolutely amazing! It was impossible for me to put down! I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book!

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Jun 22, 2014
  • afry882 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 09, 2014
  • renabackstrom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

renabackstrom thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 18

May 24, 2014
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Feb 17, 2014
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Oct 02, 2013
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Aug 20, 2013
  • ziqiguo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tally Youngblood lived as un ugly and dreamed about being an pretty. At this distinctive town people were born "Ugly" and when they turn sixteen they endure a surgery to make them pretty. As Tally knew more about the town and the outside world, her knowledge deepen and the desire of becoming a pretty declined.

Jul 10, 2012
  • Anita Popescu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In a future society, where mankind has had to rebuild, teens live in the bland residential zone of the Uglies - until they turn sixteen and undergo a surgery perfecting their physical features and enabling them to live happily in the world of Pretties. Tally Youngblood, who is about to turn sixteen, is ecstatic to get this perfect life until she meets Shay, a girl of similar age. They get along well except for the fact that Shay doesn't seem to want to have the surgery done to her and tells Tally how they can escape. Tally wants to forget about her: However, when she disappears, Special Circumstances wants to find her, and they plan to use Tally by threatening that she won't get the operation unless she does what they want.

Jun 27, 2012
  • lilaycian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tally Youngblood. Average 15 year old waiting to turn 16, and get the operation to turn "pretty". That is, until she crashes a party and meets Shay.

Shay doesn't want to turn pretty. To her the operation takes away individuality. But isn't that the point?

No war, no hate, no feeling bad about yourself. That's what Tally thinks. But before she can convince Shay to agree, Shay runs away, leaving Tally to pick up the pieces, and go after her.

After all, she can't get the operation until she finds Shay...

Dec 13, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tally has been waiting all her life for the operation that will make her pretty: gorgeous features, perfect body shape, big beautiful eyes, so that she can look like all of the other sixteen-year-olds and join them in their eternal pretty party across the river. Right now she feels ugly and petulant, and has nothing better to do than sneak out and break the rules by trying to find her best friend, who already turned pretty and lives in that other glittering world she is waiting to join.

Then she meets someone else, someone who isn't sure that turning pretty is all it's cracked up to be. Pretty soon our heroine is entangled in intrigues, underground resistances, espionage, betrayal, and even gets to fall for someone along the way.

Aug 15, 2011
  • LuluY rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tally is an ugly. She wants to be Pretty. After her best friend runs away from a surgery that every 16 year old undergoes to become "perfect", Tally is blackmailed by Special Circumstances to find her friend and the town of runaways- or stay ugly forever.

May 07, 2011
  • YSlibrarian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Tally lives in a world where everyone receives plastic surgery to look beautiful and almost identical. She makes friends with someone who introduces her to the possibility of life beyond the shallow world of parties she has been looking forward to after her mandatory plastic surgery that she will have on her sixteenth birthday. She turns down the offer, not understanding how anyone would want to stay “ugly” but is blackmailed into going along as a spy for the Specials who enforce the falsely beautified and ditzified life of the city. Her plans to expose the rebels dissolve as she finds that individuality and aging aren’t so horrible after all

Oct 06, 2010
  • roarabun rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

tally is going to get a operation to turn her pretty (perfect) which is the norm. she becomes friend with a girl who runs away from the city/operation. tally cant get the operation till she brings shay home to the city against her wishes. so to become normal/pretty/what shes always wanted, she has to betray her friend and the smoke, a group that lives on the outside which full of those who want to don't become pretty.

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Jun 01, 2014
  • green_llama_52 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

the sky was the color of cat vomit

May 31, 2014
  • blobinshlober rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You left a lot of things behind when you came here - your parents, your city, your whole life. And you are starting to like the Smoke, I can tell. You get what we're doing here in a way that most runaways don't"

May 24, 2014
  • greengiraffe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"What's inside you matters a lot more."

Aug 19, 2013
  • ziqiguo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

”I'm Tally Youngblood," she said. "Make me pretty."

Sep 08, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I think they made newspapers here," David said. "Like books, but you threw them away and got a new one every day."

"You're kidding."

"Not at all. And you thought we wasted trees in the Smoke!"

Jul 29, 2012
  • Hufflegirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”
― Scott Westerfeld, Uglies

Jun 30, 2012
  • agent391 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"We don't want to hurt you . . . but we will if we have to."

Jun 27, 2012
  • lilaycian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm Tally Youngblood. Make me pretty.

Dec 13, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mistakes had serious consequences!

May 07, 2011
  • YSlibrarian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The most memorable quote of the book is found in the chapter The Oil Plague:

“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”.

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