I m pretty disappointed with this book The last one was pretty good but this one not so great They kept using this stupid pretty language that annoyed me to no end If i hear that anything is Bogus, bubbly, pretty making, fashion missing ect EVER again, i might have to strangle that person.Besides the annoying slang, the main character is now a complete twit She is a Pretty sure, but she made some really stupid decisions The worst was at the end She picked the WRONG guy and that s all i m going to say on that subject.There s also the fact that Scott kept comparing her to a princess in a tower Well, not even princesses are that dim She completely left her old friends for some guy who didnt even really like her He only liked the fact that she was rebellious So, for this guy she leaves her BEST friend Peris, her TRUE love, David, and turns her back on her only REAL friend Shay For what Not a good book I m not even sure i want to read the next. What I found most interesting about Pretties was its thematic use of various forms of bodily mutilation eating disorders In a perfect society, where everyone is brain damaged into peace and transformed into absolutely perfectly beautiful creatures, how do you rebel By starving yourself, cutting yourself in a lesser sense, by covering your body in tattoos Tattoos as mutilation is a controversial thought, and I m not sure I know where I stand with it I mean, are some tattoos okay, but a body full of them not The social stigma and our association of tattoos with crime, wild people, tramps, etc has a lot to do with it I like my tattoo, and Jim s three tattoos, and yet I really don t want either of us to get any It s kind of weird But these teenage boys and girls they look perfect, they ve been surgically transformed into the universal pinnacle of beauty, and they re still starving or mutilating themselves in order to wake up, to feel it It s a very dark aspect of this series, one I d like to see addressed in further detail, if possible.I m very excited to read the last installment in the series, Specials I m just waiting for it to come out in paperback so I can complete my set. Here s what I wrote on my book club blog about Pretties, and the whole series Westerfeld knows that he s writing to teens, so he s trying to address a LOT of issues that teens face One is, obviously, being superficial Remember reading the teen magazines, hearing all of the celebrity gossip not to mention your own school gossip , trying to dress well and be cool Maybe you were better than I was and didn t get pulled into that, but most teens are And often the pull doesn t go away once you turn 20 and aren t a teen any I still find myself tempted to read the covers of the gossip magazines at the grocery store, to watch another cookie cutter, uninspiring chick flick or to read the mindless quick read books It s harder to choose the book that I ll struggle through but that will make me think and maybe even change, or to turn off the tv when a couple of beautiful people are on the screen, no matter what kind of dumb things they re saying When Peris chooses the promise of blissful ignorance and laxity of the Pretty society, part of you can t really blame him Who wants problems Who wants to have to think and to work when we can just be entertained instead We have to consciously choose to resist that pull, and teens are just being introduced to it.Another issue is our treatment of the environment I think that Westerfeld isn t advocating the pristine, sustainable development of the Pretty society, or the wasteful stupidity of the Rusties our present state , but something in between that Tally gets a glimpse of with the Smokies A reverence and appreciation for nature, but an understanding that nature is to provide for our needs, and so cutting down a tree is not a sin some tree hugging extremists today might take the Pretties side on this, don t you think.When the Rusties come along, he s again attacking our tendencies for senseless violence, adherence to illogical traditions women s subservience just because it s always been that way, and even religious piety Question authority he s saying all throughout the book That s what teens do naturally, but he s targeting an authority that they don t always recognize the media Teens now can t live without their iPods, they go to the movies every weekend, spend hours and hours online and are basically overloaded by the media All of this keeps them from thinking on their own This book makes you think and hopefully can encourage some teens to think on their own and pull themselves away from all of the media that tries so hard to tell them what to think In addition to all of his preaching, Westerfeld writes a captivating series with convincing characters and and draws you into his intriguing world as you read his books.
If I never hear the word bubbly again, I ll die happy. Just like Uglies, Pretties is an entertaining read Tally s adventures continue as she becomes pretty and fights to regain her awareness We meet some new characters, including Tally s new love interest The story moves fast and gets intense in the third part of the book Like many mentioned before, the pretty talk gets annoying There is only so many times you can take the word bubbly repeated But I guess the author was trying to create a pretty language indicative of the slow pretty thinking This series, though entertaining, still lacks something for me I think this something is emotional depth and intensity of feeling There are some other authors Suzanne Collins and Neal Shusterman, for example who can convey emotions much better than Westerfeld, in my opinion.