The Pretties


Author: Scott Westerfeld

Publisher: Simon Pulse (2005)

Tally Youngblood is now a Pretty. She meets Zane who makes her feel bubbly. She’s having a blast at a party in which she finds out if she’s a Crim or not and is faced with vague memories when she was an ugly when Croy, an ugly from The Smoke, delivers a package to her. She opens the package and her world turns bogus from bubbly. She and Zane connect and make each other bubbly as they plan to indefinitely leave New Pretty Town and reach The New Smoke. When the Specials track down Tally, her bubbly making days may be over.

As fast and as good a read as the first book in the series, the vernacular was much more in my face: bubbly making, pretty making, sad making, bogus. The first half of the story was annoying because Tally was this pretty head totally lost in herself and a total airhead. Then she becomes bubbly with Zane’s help and she is so much more tolerable. The things that happen to this girl are unbelievable – which only made this story more entertaining the whole way through. The ending was a complete cliffhanger so I can’t wait to start the next in the series, The Specials. Scott Westerfeld is Awesome!!


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