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Pretties (Uglies #2)
by Scott Westerfeld
370 pages
Published November 1st 2005 
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Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.


Tally finally gets what she wants and becomes a pretty. Unfortunately, pretty Tally reminded me of Ugly Tally. I didn’t really see a huge personality swap. At times, I could tell she was a pretty, using all that annoying slang, but mostly, I felt she was too…there. Unlike the pretties we’ve read about before, Tally just doesn’t act like them and I’m slightly disappointed.

The story this time around revolves around Tally and her escape from New Pretty Town. Not too different from Uglies, but this time she throwing some serious tricks. Tally has teamed up with Zane, leader of the Crims, and together, they’re trying their best to escape and raise awareness about the New Smoke. I didn’t enjoy the beginning, I liked some parts, but I didn’t really get into it until about 80 or so pages in when the action started to happen.

I did like Tally better in Pretties than I did in Uglies and I think it’s mostly thanks to Zane. He’s pretty much a cool cat in my book now. Peris on the other hand…I just don’t see how they were ever best friends. He just seemed to be some kind of plot device (if you could call him that) and he had no real personality or interaction with Tally. His purpose in Uglies was to lead her over to New Pretty Town and meet Shay. In Pretties, he’s just there for her to meet more new characters. He just has no real purpose other than being a tool.

I’m beginning to see a trend: have Tally jump off high things, have Tally tromp through the wilderness by herself, and have Tally save people. Not that I particularly mind any of that. In a way, I sort of wish Tally wasn’t such a strong character. She deserves a break every once in awhile.

I definitely had fun reading Pretties, especially cause there were a bunch of things that I absolutely did not see coming (and that twisted ending…gosh). I’m dying to read Specials now and see what Tally is going to get herself in to.