Friday, June 03, 2011

May Reading

After by Amy Efaw

This book is so emotionally intense that it affects you long after you finish reading! You feel as desperate as the teenager in the story, who dumped her newborn baby in the trash after it was born. In this YouTube video the author talks about what made her want to write this story, about how she wanted to find out what kind of person would do such a thing, and under what circumstances. Devon Davenport, the teen in the book, was a straight-A student and star athlete. She was reliable and never got in trouble. Read the book to find out what caused her to commit such a tragic act, and what happens to her as a result of it.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Tally is a 15-year-old, which makes her an "Ugly" until she gets the operation that all 16-year-olds undergo to make them a "Pretty." Her friend Shay decides to skip out on the operation, stay ugly, and live in a place called "The Smoke."  Will Tally follow her? Will she get the operation?  I picked up this book to see what all the fuss was about.  It was better than I thought it would be, actually!  The action is pretty continuous and the characters definitely develop throughout the story.  My own biases and moral compass about excessive plastic surgery and individualism surfaced, making this book more and more interesting.  I might just continue the series with the next installment, which is "Pretties." 

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