One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to read a book each week for the rest of the year. Writing about it will hopefully keep me motivated to read more! Feel free to recommend a book you love!
No, no, no, no, no. NO. No.
Uglies is one of those books I’ve constantly seen on library bookshelves or in bookstores but never bothered to read. From the most predictable blurb on the back, “Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?” to the most revolting first sentence “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit,” I just couldn’t bring myself to ever read this book. However, I caved. I went on Amazon and Goodreads, read the reviews and was convinced that I would always wonder what this book that has been sitting on all those shelves was about. I wasn’t convinced enough to pay full price (thank god) but nevertheless.
The main character of the story is a girl named Tally Youngblood who is about to turn 16. In her world, turning 16 is life changing because that is the age when everybody undergoes an operation to become beautiful. Your face becomes perfectly symmetrical, your eyes big and sparkling, perfect pout, perfect body; nothing is compromised. However, a few weeks before her birthday Tally meets a new friend, Shay. Shay doesn’t desire to become pretty but instead wants to sneak away to a secret community on the outside. After Shay runs away, the authorities force the worst ultimatum upon Tally; find Shay and bring her back to the city or never turn pretty. Throughout her journey, she learns a dark secret about those who turn pretty and her perspective on the world she lives in begins to change.
I’m actually disappointed not because I have to write a bad review but more because I decided to read this book in the first place. I like to take pride in the fact that I usually pick out great books. The first 2 nights, I read about 50-something pages but had to put the book down both times because the story wasn’t getting anywhere. Today, out of curiosity, I had to keep reading just to see where the story was heading. So I stuck it out and finally reached the end. There was no excitement, no real depth to the characters and no mystery. My imagination just couldn’t get into that zone where I slip into a different world. Simply put, the story could have been great but was poorly executed.
In all honesty, I would not recommend this book. I don’t understand how it has received more than a 3 star rating or great reviews even but that’s just my opinion.
Does anyone else who has read this feel the same?