Book Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Book Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

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Maggie Coleman

While the name of Uglies may seem harsh, this book is all about finding your inner beauty and accepting yourself, flaws and all.

Based in the future, Uglies plot rotates around a procedure that all citizens are required to have when they turn 16, which makes you “pretty.” In the beginning, the main character, Tally Youngblood, seems abrasive and shallow. Her character arc within the first book of this series, however, is crucial in her emotional journey that Uglies capitalizes on.  In a world that emphasizes superficial beauty, Tally must find a way to see everyone’s true self.

Without spoiling the book, Uglies is a great book about a girl’s mission to resist the emphasis on perfection and learn to love her flaws. The author, Scott Westerfeld, does a great job of revealing Tally’s thoughts to the reader, and making her sound as authentic as possible.

One of the best things about Tally’s character is that she isn’t perfect. Not by a long shot. Tally is faced by ethical and moral dilemmas that she doesn’t always handle correctly, but shows he is human. These faults of Tally’s character can resonate with readers, and makes the book even better to read.

Overall, this book mixes perfect with imperfect, and is a great book for teen readers who are trying to find their place in the world, just like Tally.