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  • Published: New York : Simon Pulse, 2005.
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed.
  • Description: 425 p. ; 18 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 770

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0689865384
  • 1442419814
  • 9780689865381


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by Westerfeld, Scott.

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Where To Find It

Call number: Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 1st Floor, Pittsfield Teen

Additional Details

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

Community Reviews

Not as good as I exoected

I enjoyed the story, but there were times when I felt like the world was somewhat inconsistent. Likewise, Tally seems unrealistic at times. I guess I expected more because Westerfeld is so highly regarded (as is this series, I think?).

Just ok

I thought it was a fun read, but there's nothing that sets it apart from all the other dystopian teen fiction out there. But like all of them, they are fun and interesting to read.


This book puts a total spin on beauty ideals, cosmetic surgery, good vs evil and all things unexpected. And it seriously makes you wonder about these peoples' brains and self-esteem! Read it, it's awesome!

Pretty nice

Pretty nice book!


I really thought it was a really good book in the beginning, and I couldn't put it down. But after a while, it started to just make me sleepy.

Pretty good

I liked the premise of this book, but I thought it was just OK. The writing was mediocre. The series goes downhill from here.


This book is great. It was really easy to read, in fact I found that I couldn't put it down! I recommend this book to everyone. You also have to read the others, Pretties, Specials and Extras!

Really Good!

This book was really good. Like so many other series, the books got progressively worse. But this book was great.

wow just wow

Great book, I read it during states and lemme tell you, I could hardly put it down, the thrill was great, I felt like I was the one witnessing it firsthand

Best Book Ever!!!

This book was extremely good and it had me hooked when I read the first page. If you like this book, you should read "Pretties" , "Specials" , and "Extras". They're all super good, so READ THEM!!! SERIOUSLY!!!


A great book!




Best Book Ever!

Westerfeld the awesome III

As usual, with a good book, I pocked it up in the morning, and spend the entire day without moving an inch, reading it. I was up until 3ish in the morning, at which point I was physically unable to stay awake, and just kind of fell over. I have liked every book I have read by Scott westerfeld, and this series is one of te better ones (my favourite is really leviathan and behemoth). Unfortunately my brother is one to judge books by their covers and continually taunted me about reading "girl books", which was ridiculous (he has absolutely no taste, even when he isn't judging by cover) and his constant blathering made it rather hard to read. These books are awesome, Scott westerfeld is awesome, and anyone who hasn't has to read these books.

Scott Westerfeld is my favorite author.

I don't think I've read anything of his and didn't like it. He writes amazing books with characters that really hold onto you. I loved it when he actually CAME TO THE LIBRARY and talked. He's hilarious.


this is hands down the best series u will ever read in your life. i think i will have to scream if u read this review and then dont read the book. there is not a page in this book where u will know what happens next. never a slow moment or one of those "is this book worth my time" moments. the best series on the face of this earth. ok im done but i hope i convinced you to read this book.

Enjoyable and interesting premise

This is the first and best of this 4 book series about a dystopian future where everyone becomes "pretty" when they come of age. This book is definitely worth reading, but not as good as some contemporary teen dystopian fiction, like The Hunger Games.

Fabulous read!!!

THis book kept my attention through the whole of it and even though I had the last two of the series it belongs too I made myself wait till the Speials was in on my hold request to read them in order and am I ever thankfull I did!!! This series is very catching in its many varied plots and twists, you can't predict what will happen and or how the book/s will end, it's a very good read!! Highly recommended!!!


This book was so awsome i could'nt put it down!!! I also can't wait to read
pretty's the specials!!! If you hav'nt read this already and like mystery science fiction YOU NEED TO!!

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