Pretties By Scott Westerfeld – A Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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My review of the first book Uglies can be found here.

Wow this has taken me forever to read.  I bought it back in the beginning of June and didn’t start reading it till earlier this month and didn’t finish it till just yesterday.

Is it just me or is this book less interesting than the first? Because I enjoyed this book far less than Uglies.  I found myself getting bored a lot, which is why it took me so long to finish.

I’ve been sitting at my livingroom table staring at this post, trying to put decide what about Pretties I didn’t like.   Which I think I’ve come to a conclusion now. It’s not that I didn’t like the book.  It’s that I didn’t feel anything either way.  Didn’t hate Pretties, didn’t love it either. Mostly I just have a ”meh” feeling throughout the entire book.  Characters, plot, writing. Nothing grabbed me and held me at attention. Nothing made me flip to the next page dying to see what would happen next.

Tally, our main character, has become pretty. It’s what she’s always wanted. She has a group of friends and a boyfriend.  Her life is perfect.  And I think that’s what made it boring to me.  She became this fake character. This girl that I couldn’t relate with.  Most of the characters around her are pretties, and thus are also boring.  Zane was the only one that I cared about. I kinda wish this book had been told from his point of view.

The plot also felt lacking. I felt…I felt like I didn’t have to worry about Tally. Or maybe it was just the fact that I didn’t like her so I didn’t worry. The story felt long and dragged out, even though it’s only 370 pages.  There was one part that caught my attention. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but the book has been out for so long that I’m just going to talk about it.  Just be warned if you haven’t read the book, you may want to skip to the end.  Anyway, as I was saying. At one point Tally gets separated from her group of friends, and gets lost in the woods. There she gets found by a primitive group of people who are actually part of an experiment from some anthropologist. This part I found intriguing but I really just wanted to skip the parts with Tally and read more about the experiment.

End of spoilers.

I would say the writing was what really turned me off. The use of nicknames between characters “Tally-waa” and “Shay-la” were used. It drove me crazy to say the least. I mean I get it. It’s supposed to be dumb…but my tolerance for dumbness is very low. Also the words ”bubbly” and ”pretty-making”, I think there was more but I can’t remember. There were times the characters sounded so dumb I was cringing. Again I realize that’s the point. This just wasn’t the book for me I guess.  I know a lot of people liked this series, and I’m glad because it’s definitely a unique idea.

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.

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