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UGLIES by Scott Westerfield

Reviewed by Isabel

The book, Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, is an adventurous journey for a young girl named Tally YoungBlood. In her journey she meets a young girl named Shay. These two lively girls lived in a town called Ugly Town.  In this town Tally and Shay love to hover board and go play pranks in New Pretty Town. When Shay and Tally go on an overnight trip to The Ruins, Shay tells Tally about a new “town” where everyone is ugly. Just three days before Tally and Shay are going to become pretty and enter New Pretty Town, Shay decides to run away. As Tally is about to become Pretty, with a perfect body and perfect face and perfect everything, a woman comes in to tell her she must go on a treacherous journey to find her best friend Shay and all the other runaways. The woman puts a tracker on her so if she finds the runaways then the woman can go and get them. If the tracker is destroyed, the woman will still find them. During Tally’s journey she bathes in freezing cold rivers, eats dried foods, and even meets bug-eyed firemen. Will Tally ever reach her best friend? Will Tally expose the secret runaway camp?

Each chapter in Uglies starts out by saying something about the setting or place.  In the very first line of the book, “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit,” the author wants the reader to get a good sense of the setting. At the end of each chapter, the author says something about the character.  In the last line of the book, “I’m Tally YoungBlood, make me pretty,” the author wants you to feel like you really connected with the character throughout the whole book.  I think the author was using a pattern to first get you hooked and want to read more. One of the major messages I got from reading this book was that I could go for and do anything I could dream about.


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