Meet Tally Youngblood, a 15 year old ugly. Counting down the days until her 16th birthday and the big operation to turn her 'pretty' and finally be reunited with her best friend, Peris. When a trick goes wrong, Tally is left trying to run for her life, when she bumps into Shay. Shay's also an ugly, and is counting down the days until she can run away to the Smoke and never be turned pretty. As Tally and Shay become closer, the two friends are suddenly seperated when Shay runs off with David. Tally must now go after her friend or face being ugly forever, but is that so bad when the one you love thinks you're beautiful regardless?
I watched Joey and Whitney of YouTube fame do a review of this book before Christmas (click here to see that video) and decided it was one I wanted to read. When you first begin the book, it's extremely fast paced and before you know it, it's Tally's birthday. I thought this was a bit weird and couldn't see where the next 250+ pages would take me but Westerfeld cleverly introduces a twist. It's a great book and it makes you think about how we perceive ourselves and the others around us. If you enjoy dystopian novels in general, I really recommend this book and if you like books like Twilight, I'd also recommend this.
Overall, I'd give this book a 4 out of 5.
Currently reading: Pretties (2nd in 4 part Uglies series)
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