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Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Posted by Caitie F on January 26, 2011

Title: Pretties
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Paperback:  370 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Year Published: 2005
ISBN: 9780689865398
Rating: ++++

Summary (from goodreads):

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


This book increased my love for Tally, but also increased my annoyance and suspicion of Shay. Seriously, Shay is a little crazy. Tally goes for thrills to keep her head, but Shay goes somewhere darker and more scary. Her development in this book is the most disturbing thing in the entire series.

**serious sidebar**It is the kind of thing that parents should talk to their teens about once they finish reading this book. It can be a short talk but make sure the message “cutting is bad” gets out there. It is an opportunity to have a great discussion and I hope that it has started some conversations.**Sidebar over**

Tally has a new group and some new friends…and a new guy, Zane. Zane is cool and daring. He seems to get that being aware is much better than being a bubblehead and is able to help Tally keep her head. He is sweet, smart, and dedicated to the cause, but he is not perfect. Sometimes he does things that are really dangerous of stupid, which makes him a more likable character. I don’t like them as a couple though. They feel fake, like they are only a product of the society and the relationship never has the rael feeling that I got from Tally and David (who should have been in the book more).

the one thing that I found irritating was all of the pretty-speak. It fits the book completely and needs to be there, but it drove me crazy! I would love to know how many times the word bubbly is used…because it is too many. Again, it fits the book and is not a flaw in the writing, it is just an irritant.

Another thing I really enjoyed was another point of why the society makes everyone the same. Tally ends up in the wild again, and sees a village of people who have never been outside of their reservation. She sees violence for no reason and a side of human nature that she has never seen before. It really make her start wondering if some things society has done to change humans might be okay. It really made me think. If we could get rid of the part of our nature that starts war or school shootings, or all of the other terrible things, would we? We could prevent so much, but I don’t think it can be done without also losing what makes each of us special. this series has made me think about a lot of different issues, which is one reason I love it so much!

This was a solid sequel and made me very excited to read the next book!


2 Responses to “Pretties by Scott Westerfeld”

  1. Amanda said

    With my love for Zane and the fact that the pretty-speak didn’t annoy me at all (I know, I think I’m the only person that didn’t mind it), this was actually my favorite book in the series. I agree, though – Shay is awful!

  2. Carl loved this whole series. We were talking to a friend of our son’s who loves to read and Carl told him to read these books.

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