Saturday, September 15, 2007

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Published in 2005. 425 pages.

First Line: The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.

Why I Chose This Book: My daughter Jelly Bean had read this young adult novel and recommended it to me, so when I saw it on Faith's List in the "Something About Me" Challenge, I jumped at the chance to "have to" read it. More recently I put Scott Westerfeld on my preliminary list for the Unread Authors Challenge, so reading this book counts "double."

What I Thought of This Book: This was a great read! Compelling and quick-moving, I had fun with this tale of a dystopian society. At the same time, I appreciated so much its message about beauty and body image - a particularly good topic for teens to think about.

For More Information: Scott Westerfeld's website is here. I particularly enjoyed the transcript of an interview he did about Uglies (find it here).

What Is Next: Uglies is the first in a trilogy - and it ends with a cliff hanger - so I've definitely got to read books two and three, Pretties and Specials. Jelly Bean also tells me that her favorite of Westerfeld's books is the Midnighters trilogy - so I'm going to have to put those on my to-be-read list as well.

FYI: As soon as I have time, I'll be posting about Uglies on both the Something About Me Challenge blog (click here) and the Unread Authors Challenge blog (click here) too.



  1. Oh, I love Scott Westerfeld. You should definitely make a point of reading all his YA books. I really loved Peeps!

  2. I liked this one, too, and I bookmooched Pretties, but I haven't read it yet.

  3. I bought this book a few months back, but I haven't found the time to pick it up! Sounds really good though!

  4. I need to read this. My daughter has also read all three and has a love/hate relationship with them. I think it was book 2 or 3 that she got so mad at that she threw it across the room. (I'm glad I wasn't there because I'm sure I would have come unglued.) She says there's a 4th in the series.

  5. Unfortunately I haven't heard great things about the next two books, which kind of puts me off of starting the trilogy. I think that's one reason why I like to wait until a series has been entirely published before deciding whether to start it.

  6. Cat vomit...hmmm...lovely picture that makes : )

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  7. I was wondering if it was worth the read I'll have to give it a try.

  8. Hey Alison- I was just looking at which ones I've read that you listed on here...I've read a couple of Anita Shreve. "The Pilots Wife" and "Where or When". Where or When was one that I read this summer.

    Also, I just read "Little Earthquakes" by Jennifer Weiner. It was good too. I liked it more than I did the other one I read of hers...I think it was "Good in Bed". Though that was good too.