Westerfeld, Scott. UGLIES. New York: Simon Pulse, 2005.
Annotation: Right before her surgery to become a pretty, Tally meets Shay who opens her eyes to the ugly side of the pretty world. Tally now faces a tough decision of staying ugly forever or acting like a spy for the authorities against the Smoke, where her friend Shay escaped to avoid her surgery.
Your 16th birthday is a big deal and Tally can’t wait for hers. Tally is an Ugly who will receive her birthday surgery to become a Pretty. Before her surgery she meets Shay who plans on running away to avoid the surgery to become Pretty. Tally has been looking forward to becoming a New Pretty, but she can’t get Shay’s ideas out of her head. Being a Pretty might not be all it’s cut out to be, but will she risk being forever one of the UGLIES?
Garden State Book Award (Teen Fiction Grades 6-8), 2008
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