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Simon and Schuster, May 10, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 448 pages
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Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

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User Review  - BellaFoxx - LibraryThing

In Tally’s world fitting in is not an option. At 12 everyone goes to live in ‘Uglyville’, they live in dorms until they are 16, then they have the operation that turns them pretty so they can live in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Seanlasker - Goodreads

The author,Scott Westerfeld ,creates a corrupt society where “uglies” and “pretties” are separated into different towns. The Pretty town is magnificent, extraordinary, and full of life. But really ... Read full review

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Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, the worldwide bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at or follow him on Twitter at @ScottWesterfeld.

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