Pretties (Uglies 2) by Scott Westerfeld


Pretties is the second book in the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld


May 2013

rated on Goodreads: 4 stars

Book Description:

Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

My review:

I’ve been sitting here struggling to come up with a review. It’s not that I didn’t like this book, it was fast paced and interesting, I’m just not sure what to say about how I felt about it.

In this book Tally has become Pretty, something she has always wanted, she now gets to party and isn’t disgusted by what she sees in the mirror. The book starts off with her getting ready to be voted into a clique in New Pretty Town, something most teenagers face today, and she is trying to decide what to wear to a semi-formal. Enter Shay who is happy to be back in Pretty Town and happy to have Tally back. I will say that the way they speak was a bit of a turn off to me, some of the words were kind of nonsensical and I don’t remember talking that way as a teenager.  Tally is happy because she is with her best friend Peris.

Things don’t go to well the night of Tally being voted into the Crim clique as an Ugly from the Smokies shows up with something for her, and the Specials show up, causing her and Peris to take a bit of a tumble off the party spire, earning her vote into the clique. Thus brings in Zane, the person who is going to replace David in her Pretty life.  Things start happening for Tally now, including finding what the Smokie brought for her, which starts a chain of events I never saw coming.

I have to say I was disappointed to see Tally’s new reaction to David, and his mother’s feelings towards Tally pissed me off. I was hurt when she forced David away to be with Zane as the others left, and shocked when Shay showed up again.

It will be interesting to see how everything plays out in Specials…which I’ll be starting tonight.

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