Weekly Reading Logs
"Pretties" by Scott Westerfeld has one of the most unique cast of characters with interesting motives. The main character Tally Youngblood is 16 and lives in a society were being pretty on the inside just isn't enough. Tally is so far a rather popular and well known girl in "Pretty Town" due to the her attitude and pranks she pulled when she was an Ugly (this causes her to immediately receive the title of a "Crim"). Tally is pretty and expected to have a bubbly personality but due to experiences before her 16th birthday she can't help but feel she is flawed. Tally's best friend Shay tells her otherwise and tells her " "Don't worry, Tally-wa. You're already famous. There's no reason to be nervous" (pg.5). This statement alone makes Tally question everything even more since Shay's words completely contradict what her Ugly self would have said. Tally and Shay are both dynamic characters since they both have changed dramatically from the first book to where they are now. Shay first being a rebellious teenager who never missed an opportunity to speak out about how she felt on the "pretty operation" now is nothing but a pretty shell of who she used to be. Tally who spent all of her younger teen years eager for her operation now can't help but feel wrong about the operation(s). I would also have to say that Tally and Shay's relationship is a dynamic/unstable one with both of them constantly turning on each other to gain something useless (they also have trust issues). This can be seen when Tally warns Shay about getting so many surgeries done in one week and Shay replying with "You hate them" immediately after (pg.4) .