Another World, Not Here, Not Now – The Uglies by Scott Westerfield

ugliesYeowsers!  Another book done – I never realized just how much I read and how much I enjoy the young adult books.  This book really grabbed me on several layers.  I’m not one to talk about themes and literary things – but there were so many meaningful and relevant to teen that came through in this book.

The Uglies is the first of a trilogy and portrays a futuristic world where once you turn 16 you become pretty.  The book is written in such a way that keeps your attention – the story is believable and yet covers a lot of very relevant topics for today’s teen – the environment, growing up, being accepted and/or being unique.

The other thing I liked, I think… was the way the book ended – let’s just say we went out to Chapters tonight to buy next in the series the “Pretties” and yes I’ll be starting that one tonight when the house settles down.  The author succeeded in hooking me for the next 2-3 books in the series.

I have recommended this book to my 13-year-old, I think she’d enjoy reading about the “Ugly” way of life – let’s hope she takes me up on my offer.


Ages 13 and up

Westerfeld, Scott. (2005).  Uglies. New York, NY: Simon Pulse.

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