Book Review: Uglies

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Dear Mrs. Schuey,
Over the summer, I read a science fiction book placed in the future called Uglies by Scott Westerfield. In the book Uglies, the protagonist’s name is Tally Youngblood. Before her best friend Shay ran away, she was supposed to turn pretty. When Special Circumstances found out about Shay running away, they made Tally a deal stating that if Tally finds Shay and turns her in, she will get to turn pretty, but if Tally does not turn Shay in, she may not turn pretty. The major conflict of the story is whether Tally should turn Shay in and become pretty or protect her friend and stay ugly. In Uglies, the main character is Tally Youngblood (a.k.a. Squint). If I were to give Tally a physical description, I would imagine her with frizzy brown hair, beady eyes and an uneven complexion as an ugly. In the beginning of the book she appears as a fifteen year old waiting for her sixteenth birthday. Tally likes to do the right thing but she is often caught up in her past mistakes making others resent her. She attempts to make up for those mistakes but usually certain circumstances intervene leaving her full of self-antipathy like when she betrayed Shay and the Smoke. Tally reminds me of Hermione Granger from Harry Potter because they are both adventurous. Tally took a courageous choice when she went on the adventure to find her best friend, Shay. Hermione Granger is very adventurous because throughout the whole series of Harry Potter she was always with Harry Potter on his adventures no matter how petrifying they were. One of my favorite characters is Shay, the best friend of Tally. Shay (a.k.a Skinny) was an emaciated girl with dark, straight ponytails. Shay is a rebellious girl because she ran away so she wouldn’t have to become pretty. Shay is my favorite character because I can relate to her the most. I am like Shay because I don’t like to be like everyone else. Shay and I have our own style and voice that needs to be heard. Another...
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