You can’t forget your past even in a bright present. In the novel Pretties, Scott Westerfeld discusses the different stages a girl, Tally Youngblood (Tally-wa), goes through to become a beautiful woman. Girls are put into “The Uglies” category until they turn 16 which is when “The Specials” submit them into a surgery that transforms their lives. The surgery consist of making them beautiful, strong, healthy, and slowly erasing parts of their memories for the purpose of them only remembering the new memories they create. The memories will always remain in their mind whether they remember them or not. As hard as Tally tries to forget her past, it will always find its way back into her life. Children who turn twelve are considered as “The Uglies” because of their personal imperfections. “New Pretties” are those who undergo an extreme cosmetic surgery at age sixteen that makes them perfect in beauty and health. “The Specials” are the surgeons of the cosmetic surgery and are also submitted to it. “Special Circumstances” are city authorities who spy the citizens in order to know who is capable of pulling tricks, like sneaking out at night into New Pretty Town. In Tally’s ugly days, she was deeply in love with David and would constantly write on her diary about her daily experiences. During the week she would wander off in secret places with her best friend, Croy and make up new tricks. In order for Tally to obtain what she desire the most, to become pretty, she betrayed her best friend and committed murder. Her arrival to New Pretty Town, where pretties are given access to an equal and perfect life, has changed her physically and emotionally. Tally becomes girlfriend of Zane, who also changed into a pretty. Tally’s life in New Pretty Town seems to go perfectly fine with her new friends but, it’s difficult to escape her past. The power of her kiss with Zane reminds Tally of her Ugly past for a brief moment. In...
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