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It’s been a while but here we are: Uglies

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It’s been a while WordPress since I’ve posted and for that I apologize. What with A Level exams and going to Amsterdam I’ve hardly had the time! (A poor excuse I’m aware) however I’m back and ready to start blogging again.

So I begin with the first of three books I’ve read since finishing exams; Uglies by Scott Westerfield.

I was always aware that this was a teen book or “young adult novel” which this genre is often labelled as, however I was in no way prepared for the childish and slightly patronizing writing style. In theory the idea of the plot was a good one; set in the future where an operation to become ‘beautiful’ is compulsory for those turning 16, with a group of rebels refusing to join in with social normality. But I feel that the writing was just too obviously written for young teenagers. Though impressed that the (male) writer captured the speech and mannerisms of a 16 year old girl, I feel that it just wasn’t mature enough to count as a “young adult novel”.
Some parts were exciting and I appreciated the concept of the future society’s obsession with beauty, but the romance between the protagonist Tally and the infamous David was just too obvious and cliché. 

All in all not a bad book but would have preferred it a lot more 5 or so years ago. 2/5