Home    Reviews    Review Policy    About BAM    Double Dose

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Scott Westerfeld

Published 2006

448 Pages

Rating: C

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.

At first, I really didn't enjoy this book that much. The first 200 pages or so bored me to death and I just wanted to put the book down and and host a giveaway. I thought maybe someone else would like it more than I would, because it's a pretty popular YA series.

After the first 200 pages, things started to pick up and I started to get more engrossed in the story. The plot and characters became more refreshing and the entire "feel" of the book took a 180 for me. Do you ever pick up a book and just not even want to read it because the feel of it just doesnt do it for you? That's what I felt in the beginning of Uglies.

Am I going to read the sequels? It depends. As long as I have other books to read, I probably won't end up buying Pretties. What I mean by that, is my TBR (To Be Read) list is never-ending so as long as I have something else on my shelves, chances are... Pretties will not be in my shopping cart.

Overall, the book itself isn't a bad one; it's just not my preference.


  1. I agree. I tried reading Uglies but after 200 pages I had to stop. Maybe I'll try again now.

  2. I read the first three chapters and gave up. I've never felt that I couldn't finish a book until I attempted to read Uglies. People keep telling me to try reading it again, but I still haven't managed to do it yet. Good for you for sticking it out till the end!

  3. I have to agree that the first few pages were torturous, but after she gets out of the city and finds the other people it gets better =]

    Good review girl, and welcome back!

  4. I ADORED Leviathan but I've been hesitant towards Uglies. Thanks for the honest review.


Don't be shy! We love to hear from you!