Friday, 2 November 2012

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Book Review (3) - Free Reading Challenge

         “Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?” Tally Youngblood is about to turn 16, and she can’t wait. Tally is an ugly and turning 16 means getting the operation that makes you into a pretty. Tally and her best friend Shay spend their last couple months as uglies, playing tricks, hover boarding, and sneaking out to visit the ruins of the “old world.” Everyone wants to become a pretty; no one thinks twice about it, but Shay isn’t so sure. When Shay runs away, Tally is forced to make a decision that will change her world forever: turn her friend in, or never turn into a pretty at all.

Uglies impressed me more than I ever expected it to. It was simply awesome. Scott Westerfeld added just the right amount of emotion, action, and detail to make the book a truly enjoyable read. Uglies embodies the idea/theme of accepting yourself the way you are. This idea becomes very clear throughout the book as Shay, who from the very start already likes the way she looks and is, helps Tally start to love and embrace herself for who she is inside and out…even as an ugly. The theme also ties in with one indirect societal issue that the book discusses: society’s high expectations. Even though the book is set in a dystopian future, the society issues are very much the same as today. Most people are not very happy with who they are or how they look, thanks to society. In Uglies, everyone is brainwashed into believing that they’re not good enough until they become a pretty, and in the real world it’s precisely the same! We’re all brainwashed by society into thinking that something like “perfect” actually exists. In conclusion, Uglies is definitely a must read for anyone who likes a fast-paced and suspenseful book into a not-so-far-off future!


  1. Hey Kalindee, I have seen this book review done by a few other people in our grade but I think yours is the one to win me over. I love how you ended it, it was a real attention grabber. Great word choice and good enthusiasm.

    1. Thank you :) You should definitely read this one :))

  2. Hi Kalindee!

    I'm so happy to see that you read Uglies. It was one of my personal favorites! It was really cool to see your side of the story (get it?) especially since the writing style was so easy to get though/interesting. I also love how you have set your blog up with the Goodreads gadgets on the side. I found maybe one or two spelling/grammar mistakes (under your section you spell trilogy with an extra "o"), but it didn't take anything away from your blog. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Hey Kalindee,
    I have herd of this book often but not really sure if i should read it or not but your review really makes me want to read it... good job on the review it was well done and well put together but still not giving anything away!!! GOOD JOB!

  4. Hi Kalindee,
    I see a lot of people have already commented on here but your book review was truly amazing. I loved the detailed language you used it really hooked me when reading it. This book review really did make me want to read it for myself! The second paragraph had a lot of great direct thoughts about the book and I think that really made it pop out more! Great job!

  5. I have read this book before, and I completely agree with your points. I never really thought of the theme of the book, but you NAILED IT! I love your blog!