The good, the bad, and the Uglies! Apr 8, 2010
The good: this series (Uglies, Pretties, Extras, Specials) is a real hit with the YA crowd. I work in a high school English department, and as far as we're concerned, if they will read it, it's good.
The bad: yes, it's shallow (just like the appearance-driven society it depicts.) Yes, the romance is sudden and without basis (my disbelief was not willingly suspended.) And yes, it does tend to wink at (or even glamorize) teen-age hijinks.
The Uglies: in spite of its faults, a fun read. If you don't like Tally now, stay with it, as she does "evolve" in the subsequent novels. Amusing fluff, but potentially thought-provoking, especially for teens. Worth a try!