Book Review: Uglies

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Hello My Wonderful Readers,

Of course you knew that I would sneak my new giraffe into the photograph. As my friend Emily would say, “That’s how I roll.”

I just finished reading Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld. This book falls in the young adult, science fiction, dystopian, and romance genres. While I do like the young adult genre, (it’s what I write) I don’t spend a lot of time reading science fiction or romance novels. However, Scott Westerfeld completely surprised me. I started reading Uglies on October 4th and finished it on October 7th.

Uglies came out in 2005 and I picked it up in Pensacola, FL while I was there helping my family out. Mark, Nick’s uncle goes to this amazing second hand bookstore [Hawsey’s Book Index] and when I am there, I like to see what they have in stock. I always leave Florida with more books than when I arrive. There is nothing quite like curling up on the bed in the spare room at Grandma and Mark’s house to read a good book.

I also managed to grab the second and third books. [Pretties and Specials] I liked the first book so much that I ordered the last book in the series. I don’t want to have to wait for it to come and not have something to read.

My friend who has read the series, says that it can be repetitive, but I am still going to read all of the books.

Uglies kept my attention and that sometimes is hard to do. I could identify with the main character, [Tally] because like her I know what it feels like to lose your best friend. And, again like Tally, I know how it feels to finally have a friend after the loss of a best friend.

I don’t know that I could do what Tally does in order to keep her best friend Shay. Could you betray someone to save them from themselves? That is a dilemma that I hope never comes my way.

The author Scott Westerfeld has a discussion about the Uglies on his website and I am going to use his questions to share my answers to his question. Anything below this paragraph will contain spoilers. Don’t read any further if you plan on reading the books.

The author of the book has a discussion of the book on his website and I am going to answer some of the questions he asked his readers.

SPOILERS BELOW STOP READING

IF YOU WANT TO READ THE BOOK

1. Have you ever had a friend like Peris, who abandoned your friendship after they moved away?

I was the person who abandoned friends after I moved. My two sisters and I moved when we were younger. We were not old enough to realize that we would lose our friends when we moved. We were not old enough to drive and they only visited us once after the move. They ended up moving away not too long after we did.

2. At first, did you hope Tally would get the operation? When did you change your mind? (Or did you?)

In the beginning, I was all for Tally having the operation. She was so sad after her friend Peris got his operation and then basically forgot about her. I wanted her to get the operation to become pretty so she could be with Peris.

Even after she went to see Peris, I wanted her to get the operation, but when she made it to the smoke, I wanted her to stay herself and for her and David to become a couple.

3. Have you ever found yourself trusting someone more or paying more attention to what they said not because they deserved it, but just because of their looks?

No, I am a firm believer that you should look beyond a person’s appearance. Here in the real world, we get old and wrinkly. Also, beauty fades and I want to be known by something other than how I look. 

4. In what ways did Tally’s trip through the wild prepare her for what she learned in the Smoke?

I think what she learned is something that we all need to learn as young adults. We need to learn to depend ourselves and our instincts. As a young adult and as an adult, I need to learn to listen to what my head and heart say. When we are in tune with ourselves we can save ourselves heartache.

5. Would you give up your ability to think independently in exchange for being happy, beautiful, perpetually healthy, and rich?

No. It has taken me many years to be comfortable in my own skin. If you had asked me this when I was in high school, I would have wanted the operation. High school when I was younger people did judge you by what you looked like on the outside. There were the jocks, the heads, (stoners) the popular girls/boys, the nerds, the band geeks and the gamers.

I was very fortunate that I could float between all of the different crowds. I found making friends easy and that allowed me the freedom to make friends from all of the different cliches  . It may be hard to believe but thanks to Facebook, I can see that the people who remained in my home town that the cliches are still going.

6. How did David see Tally differently than she saw herself?

Tally never saw herself as beautiful. She wanted to be a pretty for all of her young life. David who was not influenced by seeing pretty as the norm, he saw Tally for who she really is. She was already beautiful to him without having an operation to make her “pretty.”

7. If Shay could have gone back in time and never have met Tally, do you think she would?

Yes, I believe she would. Even when she was pretty, she felt some sort of responsibility toward Tally.

There are more questions that the author has posted. Click the link ^^ up there and check them out. I like to see if authors ask questions about their books and I hope that when I write the next GREAT novel, you will answer the questions I will ask you.

I am currently reading the second book Pretties and I will give you a review of it when I’m done.

Once NaNoWriMo starts on November 1st, I am not sure how much I will get to post, but I promise I will try. I am currently working on the back story for my characters and plotting my NaNoWriMo project. I haven’t decided how much of I want to share before I get started writing because you never know if I will end up writing something completely different. Wish me luck!

Peace, Love & Happiness to you all,

WriterGirl

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