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71 out of 75 people found this review helpful.
The story is unique and compelling. The ideas are challenging and thought provoking and, without giving too much away, the relationship junk (my opinions are mine) isn't the main focus, but instead a great add in and is sufficient to those hopeless romantics (which believe it or not, I am). The author, although male, proves to be able to write brilliantly in the teenage girl voice that even many female writers cannot master.
I give this book an A+ for the stupendous ability to capture a harsh critic like myself.
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36 out of 81 people found this review helpful.
Boring to me
posted by Reads_a_lot on April 29, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2013
This book started off slowly for me. I was interested in how the
This book started off slowly for me. I was interested in how the story would turn out, but it took quite long for me to really get into the story. In the beginning, I thought I´d only want to read this first book of the series, but now that I have just finished the book I do want to continue the series, just not right now. So my mind changed a lot during this book. It was not bad at any point, it kept getting better and better from the ok start. I would´ve given the last half of the book 4 stars.
So I liked the story. But I would have wanted a little bit more out of the characters. In the beginning I also felt that at some points an event was rushed to get to another point in the story. If the story would have been written a little differently, with the emphasis on the events that were written at the last half of the book and a little more introducing the characters, I would have given it more stars. If I did not too many books to read right now, I would continue the series immediately because the ending of this one..well you know how they make these books! :)
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Posted January 28, 2013
Posted January 19, 2013
I realy enjoyed these books and for that mater the whole series. The first one uglies must be close to the top pf my list for all time favorit books. They are well writen and you would have to be heartless to feal nothing as you read them.
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Posted January 1, 2013
Decent Bio Decent Book
The over-all conflict of this book was very good, but l thought that the way Westerfeld worded and emphisized certain things was very annoying and corny. But the book was, overall, fairly good. Despite some word choice, "Uglies" kept me turning the pages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2011
Posted August 6, 2010
I Also Recommend:
My friends told me.
I read a lot; I mean I almost never have a book with me. During this time I was looking for a good series to read and a friend recommended the Uglies series. I like the first book; it was good, and easy to read. I like the pace of the book. I would recommend getting this book for yourself or a friend that needs something to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2010
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It's good to be normal
I borrowed this book from my younger sister, and I agree that this book is definately geared toward a younger crowd. However, it did have a very important message which, to me, was "the grass isn't always greener on the other side". It was a great story of growing up, and finding your place in the world. Tally and Shay are fun to follow and their quest to become "pretty" is very interesting and has many twists and turns. I recommend this book for easy, light reading."Uglies" is a story that is very easy to follow and enjoyable, very good summer read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2010
The thin wall between Ugly and Pretty
In the novel series The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, his use of a post-apocalyptic dystopian era setting, depicts the images and emotions of what young teenagers go through, just to be accepted in society today. Book One begins the story of the protagonist, a 15 year old girl, Tally Youngblood who is awaiting her 16th birthday where she will undergo the biggest operation that will change her life completely and that is becoming a Pretty. As for now, Tally resides in the town of Uglyville with the rest of the 12-15 year old who are Uglies. The operation that everybody anticipates. is very intensive that every square inch of the body is altered to look gorgeous and perfect. However, throughout the years, there have been plenty of Uglies that escaped to live their lives freely rather than to become pretty.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In addition, Westerfeld produces a novel, unlike most young teen novels, with dissimilar worlds that has unusual rules for transitioning adolescent hood to adult hood.
Everyone in Uglyville knows that once turned into a Pretty, nothing will ever be the same and no one can do the same things they did before. As a result of that, Uglies have built "The Smoke," a place where uglies live with less pressure to feel like they have to be pretty. The books and magazines left behind from hundreds of years ago, educates their minds to feel less pressure to become a Pretty. Furthermore, Tally finally begins to understand what the significance of beauty really is.
Westerfeld has created a novel where young adults can easily connect physically, emotionally and mentally to Tally since she wants to be accepted, beautiful and flawless like the Pretties. Tally is so obsessed to becoming a Pretty that she forgets to appreciate herself naturally. "In a world of extreme beauty, anyone normal is ugly" defines the theme that Beauty is everything and Ugly is nothing. This novel helps the audience, especially adolescents unite with their inner self, and realize that nobody should feel that they have to be pretty and perfect just to "fit-in" to society.
Posted December 4, 2009
Book review on uglies by scott westerfeild
This book "UGLIES" by Scott Westerfeild I wasn't a fan of because it was a really long book, it had 425 pages. Second reason is that it started off really slow, Tally was in Ugly-ville for like 70 pages, it didn't get good till the 4th or 5th chapter. A third reason is that there was way to much action, Tally was always on a journey, finding something, she was lost it was always something with her, it just really predictable. If i had to rate this book i would give it a 3 or 4.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book is about when a young teenage girl named Tally wants nothing more than to be pretty, to be with life long friend Peris. Then a bump in the road came called Shay. Shay had different views about becoming pretty. When shay goes missing, Tally has to make a life-changing decision. The problem is that Tally has to betray he new friend and become an infiltrator, but Tally is against the idea of it so she throws the heart shaped pendant in the fire. the pendant gets set of and the special circumstances are on their way. Tally and David team up to find their smoke family.
I think that the life lesson in this book would be that, even if you are beautiful on the outside doesn't mean that you are beautiful on the inside. This lesson i can relate to because i had a really pretty friend but she turned very mean.
In closing I would recommend this book to people our age because if a younger person tried to read this book they wouldn't understand the words or appreciate the length of this book because there where words in the book that I didn't understand. I know for sure a little child wouldn't want to read a 425 page book ! If an older person read it they probably wouldn't like it at all they would think it had way to much action and that there was no way that they could keep up with all that was going on.
Posted October 11, 2009
Ugly is As Ugly Does
"The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
How can you beat that for an opening sentence?!? I laughed when I read it!
From the back cover:
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license-for turning pretty. 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. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
I've heard great reviews about this trilogy (Which I recently found out actually has a 4th book. To my knowledge it was planned as a trilogy.). I picked up all three off of Craigslist for $3. I have to tell you, I read the back and wasn't sold. It sounded totally stupid to choose between having an operation to turn you pretty or betray your friend forever. I was wrong. It was so much more complicated than that.
Life for Tally is in a post-modern world where everything has changed. We are the "rusties" and children go and visit the "rusty ruins" on field trips. I thought that was great!. The world changed because of prejudices. People who were taller, prettier, with flattering figures got all of the jobs. They were held higher in society. So things began to change. Now in Tally's world, at the age of 16, everyone has 'the' operation. They are made pretty. It's a pretty horrific process involving drastic plastic surgery of the whole body. Everyone has the operation. If you don't, you have no place in society.
When the Specials tell Tally that she can't have the operation if she doesn't help them find Shay, it isn't such a simple, petty thing. They send her back to the dorms to live with all of the other Uglies. She can't even go and live with her parents. She basically has to give up life to protect her friend. Hurting and affecting not only herself, but all of her friends and family. A hard choice for a 16-year-old to make.
I loved the imagination involved in creating Tally's world.
I did have a hard time getting into the book. In fact, I set it aside to read L.J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries~ The Awakening and The Struggle. It wasn't bad in the beginning, I just didn't get into it at first. It was slow-moving.
Once I got to the end of Part I, I was hooked. I'm glad I stuck it out. Tally's point of view totally changes when she realizes more about the Smokies (the Uglies who have run away) and what really happens during the operation. She learns to love the Smokie way of life and finds herself feeling beautiful as an Ugly. It really is a dig at the social biases that effect our lives today and a 'what if' future if we continue life this way. For me, the book dragged a bit at the end as well. Overall though, it was a very well thought-out book and was enjoyable, once you get past the slow parts.
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Posted October 11, 2009
Dystopia in Beauty
This book took a while to grow on me. At first I wasn't sure what to think. I didn't think it was going to be a futuristic dystopian fiction. So it took me a while to picture the setting while reading the story. Eventually though, I started to like the book. It had a lot of interesting moments and I was curious as to what happened to the world to make it the way it is in the novel. It was a little vague. However you do get an explanation as to what happened near the end of the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I wasn't too attached to Tally. She just seemed so shallow and *silly* and pratically obsessed with being Pretty. I understand it sounds so much better than living the hum drum life of being an Ugly but she just wouldn't be stop obsessing over it, it got old quickly. I liked Shay for her thinking and individuality. I thought she did a great job in taking Tally out of her own little shell. However aside from Tally, most of the characters in this novel weren't really rounded out, or even developed. They were just flat. Although the story focused more on Tally it would have been nice to see other characters develop with her as well. Shay does, albeit drastically but it was nice to see Tally mature throughout the book. What bugged me was Tally's anguish over her secret. I was practically yelling at the book wanting her to tell the truth. But then, I figured the book would have probably turned out a lot differently - not sure if for the better.
I liked the plot throughout the novel, although I found it sort of dragged here and there (when Tally is with the Smokies for instance). I was willing to let that go however, because the story did get my attention once I got adjusted to it. It does make a pretty good dystopian fiction novel and the ending does make me want to continue where it left off. There was some science in this book but pretty basic and not enough to be discouraged with scientific jargon. If you're looking for something with action, this book does have it. Tally's journey to find her friend Shay was interesting, as Shay left her directions in some sort of code that Tally would only be able to understand. I particularly liked that because it was like a puzzle she was trying to solve and you went along the journey with her.
Overall, it wasn't the best novel I've read, but it was good enough for me to read through from beginning to end. Would I recommend this? yes why not! I liked the overall theme of beauty and striving to being content with just the way you are, and to be apart from the rest. This is a perfect novel to see what would happen if the obsession of beauty is carried just a few more steps too far.
Posted September 11, 2009
"Uglies" By Scott Westerfeld
The fictional story "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld is a book that i really enjoyed and found very hard to put down. The story starts out with the protagonist, Tally who is awaiting her "operation" to become pretty when she turns 16. There are two main "cliques" called the "uglies" and the "pretties" Both of them live in different parts of town and the pretties party all the time and the uglies have a way harder life. Tally would really like to become pretty on her 16th birthday but her good friend Shay who she met in uglyville portrays individuality and is strongly against having this surgery to become pretty. Teenagers can absolutely relate to this story because as you get older you must face many choices on your appearance and attitude. As i said most teens would find this book to be thrilling but adults may find this to be a great book to read as well. After reading this unique and thrilling story the reader should learn a lesson of individuality and most of all being yourself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2009
All I can say, is that this book is hugely overrated. Nothing is BAD about it, it's just that it's mediocre. The wrtiting style came across as bland. The characters were not unrealistic, but I just couldn't get attatched to them. It may be worth reading, but not worth buying, and definitely not worth all the popularity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2008
Most people would say this book is great. I just thought it was okay. The dialogue was really confusing. All my friends said it was great but I didn't. It was so unrealistic and not well written. In some parts it wasn't descriptive enough and others it was too. The other books by him are even worse.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2008
it wasn't so bad...
i started to read this book about a year ago... and it took me forever to get through the chapters which surprised me because i can finish a book in a day... 2 days tops. but i got so bored of this book. i cant really leave a book alone without finishing it... so i would read it between books... but i found that it was actually a pretty interesting book. im considering reading the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2008
I think the Uglies was a good book, but it wasn¿t outstanding. I think this because the beginning was really boring for me. Yet when it got a little deeper in the story there was a lot of excitement and adventure, I enjoyed this a lot. Parts where there was adventure, I wasn¿t able to put the book down, I read for a couple of hours. Then there were the boring parts, where it made the book really hard to read and I was just like I wish I didn¿t have to read this book, but then all of a sudden something really interesting would happen and I would be hooked again. I really didn¿t like the ending of it also. I thought that the ending could have been better and maybe a little more planned out. But over all I thought the book was pretty good and I am thinking about starting to read the pretties, which is the next book in this trilogy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2008
Okay book, great series
I think that this is a pretty interesting book. The only thing is that about the first 200 pages are pretty boring. I couldn't stay focused when I was reading this book. The author uses great adjectives to make everything clear but the story line is a little boring in my opinion. After I got a little further into the book it got more interesting, but if I didn't have to read it for school I would have put it down before I got to the better part of the book. If you do start to read it though make sure you finish it because it will catch your attention. Overall I think this is an average book but it starts off a great series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2008
The Uglies Book Review
the book i have just finished reading is called The Uglies. i thight that this was a posistive and a negititve eperence. it was a posititve experence because i learned one lesson from reading the book. it was a negitive experence because in some parts in the book. when i finished this book one scene that stayed with me is when Tally entered the town of the smoke. when Tally saw the town she was amazed. tally basicly sai ' WOW! i can't beleive it is real. so Shay did not lie to me about the town of the smoke.' if i was tally i would have thought the same thing as tally. As i was finishing the book i thought if i was the new author of the book, what would i change? one thing that i would change is the personalities of the characters. with Shay and Tally i would switch their personalities wiht each other. so basicly Tally would be more like Shay and Shay would be more like Tally. from what i have learned from this book is one important lesson for everyone. you know the saying 'you can't judge a book by its cover'? well what ilearned is just like that. i learned is you can't judge a person by their apperence and their actions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2007
The Book Was Okay
I got this book thinking it would be good because of the plot and story. But i was wrong, this book repeats sentences, and the girl always gets the clues in the note that tells where to go if you run away. Maybe if you like books about hoverboards and futuristic stuff, you will find this interesting. But in my view this book was okay, and i did like all the ideas of New Pretty Town and stuff like that, but towards the end it became kind of boring.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2006
Ugly, or Pretty?
Uglies by Scott Westerfield Reviewed by Junhee Do you ever wish you could become as pretty as a model? Well, in Scott Westerfield¿s book, Uglies, you can be. Before you are 16, you are born and raised in a town, called Uglyville. After your 16th birthday, everyone gets an operation which turns them prettier. All the pretties get to live in a town called New Prettyville. But what happens when people run away so they don¿t have to get that operation? If you are interested in adventurous books, then this book is for you. Tally¿s been ugly for 15 years, but on her 16th birthday, she¿ll have the operation. This book will take you into the future, where you¿re either a pretty, or an ugly. When Tally sneaks into New Prettyville to visit Peris, she crashed the party so she jumps off the building, and runs into a stranger. Her name is Shay, and Tally finds out that she is also an ugly sneaking into New Prettyville. But one day, Shay tells Tally about her plan to run away to ¿the smoke.¿ When Shay leaves to go to the smoke to meet David, she leaves Tally instructions on how to get there. The specials find out that Shay is one of Tally¿s friends, so on the day of the operation, the specials call Tally in to the office, but not to have the operation. They ask Tally to take a trip to the smoke. Will Tally give up her friend to be pretty? Will Tally meet David? Will Tally get to ever see Peris again? This book is great for readers who like to read about friendship, love, or even futuristic novels. This book is for young teens interested in reading trilogies. When you read this book, Scott Westerfield makes it seem like you are Tally, because there are so many detailed descriptions. If you are not interested in reading the second or the third book of this series, you shouldn¿t pick up this book. You may learn that friendship and love are more important than many other things in your life by reading this book. If you are in search of a great book, then Uglies is the right one for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.