A Book About Judging Books by Their Covers: Uglies

 

by SKYLA SIMSHAUSER

For teenage girls who are obsessed with losing weight or being pretty, the book Uglies, written by Scott Westerfeld, is filled with tons of good advice. The book tells the story of a young girl’s experiences when she and her new friend run away from their hometown.

Tally Youngblood, who  just turned 16 years old, feels isolated in the beginning of the story because her boyfriend, Peris, is more beautiful and popular than she is. Tally leaves her new interface ring behind that she gets for her 16th birthday when she flees her original hometown, Uglyville. Tally decides to take a tour of a familiar place called New Pretty Town to admire all the “Pretties” that live there. She gets into trouble once she arrives there and meets Shay, a rebel who has been striving to become pretty as well. Both girls have a discussion  about whether to receive a “pretty surgery” from Dr. Cable, a psychiatrist in charge of an agency called “Special Circumstances”. The second and third parts of Tally’s story are when she gets sent off on a long, wayfaring journey to the Smoke, a place where she meets an unfamiliar boy named David.

Whether in middle school or high school, teenage girls of all ages should read  Uglies. The book provides some good insight for young girls consumed with losing weight and becoming pretty and/or fashionable.