When I said the words “Staying up all night”, I actually mean it. You might not believe me but there are books that interest me so much I can’t stop reading because it gets more and more exciting when I want to close my book. Below are the three books I enjoyed reading the most this year in grade eight.
1. Gone by Michael Grant
Do you want to live in a world without any adults? One with no one telling you when to wake up, when to eat, or when to sleep? In this book, all the people above the age of 15 happen to disappear at the exact same time. In the exposition of the book, we are introduced to a fourteen-year-old named Sam and two of his friends, Quinn, and Astrid. Since they are currently the oldest in town, all the children are depending on them, waiting for their lead. As the story progresses, we find out how some of the children have super powers and even why all the adults disappeared, which makes the story even more mysterious and exciting.
2. (Un) Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
Would you want to marry some one you don’t even know? In this book, the protagonist Manny is forced to marry his dad’s friend’s daughter he had never seen before. In Punjabi, Manny’s wife had to be chosen by his parents and the worst part is that Manny isn’t allowed to say no or else he would be considered as a disgrace to his family.
3. Uglies By Scott Westefeld
Do all the people around you look pretty or handsome? In this book, everyone at the age of sixteen were forced to have plastic surgery. The protagonist Tally was around two months away from turning pretty, she couldn’t wait to meet up with her friends that were already pretty. However, a month before she has her transformation, she meets a girl named Shay who also has the exact same birthday as her, but she has a different objective: not becoming pretty, but escaping. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like adventurous or mysterious books.
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Did you know that trackers send signals when they get damaged? Unfortunately, Tally the protagonist of the book Uglies by Scott Westefeld didn’t know that. The conflict started out as person vs. self because Tally wasn’t sure either to betray the smoke city or stay ugly for life, but as she got to know David better, she made her decision.
Westefeld writes, “Yes. What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful” (258). Tally falls in love with David as they got to know each other better which was one of the biggest reason she made her decision. Westefeld writes, “Our data showed that everyone has the lesions after their first operation” (250). The second reason was after hearing about the truth of being pretty. David’s parents used to be doctors in the city until they found out the plastic surgeries they were giving were bad for the people, but Dr. Cable didn’t care so they escaped the city and started the Smoke and accepted only uglies until they found a cure. Westefeld writes, “She opened her hand and threw the necklace into the centre of the fire” (251). When she finally made her decision on staying at Smoke forever with David, she throws away her pendant but she didn’t know the pendant would send a signal when it gets damaged.
The following day they were attacked by the Special Circumstances and Smoke was destroyed, all the Smokies were captured and sent back to the city. Westerfeld writes, “You had to betray the whole Smoke!” (277). Tally felt very bad about her betrayal so she decides to go back to the city and rescue everyone. Westefeld writes, “You made it!” (294). Luckily for David, he wasn’t at Smoke when the Special Circumference was there so the two of them decide to head back and rescue them. Westefeld writes, “It was Shay. She was pretty.” (350). Unfortunately when they got down the prison to rescue people, Shay was already turned into a pretty, and because of the lesions her brain was messed up. Tally, David, Croy, Shay, and Maddy(David’s mom), the five of them escape the prison and got to safety. But Az(David’s dad) passed away when he was tested by Dr. Cable with their new surgery.
Maddy(David’s mom) finally found a cure for the lesions but Shay didn’t want to cooperate because she thinks she’s happy the way she is right now. Maddy was fine with Shay’s decision because there is still a chance of failure. Westerfeld writes, “I’m the reason she’s like this, pretty and brainless” (385). Since Tally was the reason Shay became brainless, she decided to sacrifice herself and make herself pretty and then take the cure. Westerfeld writes, “Make me pretty” (392).
Even though her conflict ended when she threw away the pendant, she still sort of betrayed Smoke when she activated the pendant when she burned it. To pay back for what she had done to Smoke, she sacrifices herself to test the cure to save everyone.
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Would you want to go somewhere far away from home by yourself, when you’re not even sure if it’s a real existing place? Well, giving the answer “no” for Tally, the protagonist of the book Uglies by Scott Westerfeld was not an option. Westerfeld writes, “Okay, I’ll do it. Turn it off” (131). Tally was finally convinced by Peris, her very best friend to listen to Dr. Cable and do what she asked. Westerfeld writes, “I’ll enjoy it about a million times more once you’re there with me” (120). Peris is three months older than Tally so he had already became pretty, he convinced Tally by telling her how much he wanted to be with her before she made her final decision.
Dr. Cable chose Tally to go find the mysterious city Smoke because only she knew how to read the code Shay wrote for her also knowing that the people from Smoke would probably only trust Tally because Shay really wanted her to come. It took around nine days until she was finally found by the Rangers(ally of the city Smoke) and sent to where they were waiting for her. Westerfeld writes, “It is you! I knew it was!” (175). After arriving at Smoke, people were all treating her very friendly and most importantly she meets Shay again. David, the mysterious person Shay was talking about finally got to meet Tally and he seemed like a very nice guy to Tally. Westerfeld writes, “Not books. They’re called ‘magazines’,” Shay said. She opened one and pointed. Its strangely glossy pages were covered with pictures. Of people. Uglies” (184). Smoke started out very weird for Tally, not used to everyone being an ugly, even the celebrities.
Tally wanted to end this as soon as possible so she tried to send the signal to Dr. Cable on where Smoke city is located. Westerfeld writes, “Tally snapped closed the pendant and shoved it into her shirt” (187). Since she was new to the place, Shay would always be around her so Tally never got a chance to send the signal to Dr. Cable. Westerfeld writes, “By now, Tally understood that nothing in the Smoke ever lost it’s value. Nothing was discarded or given away just because it was old or broken. Everything was repaired, refitted, and recycled, and if one Smokey couldn’t put it to use, it was traded to another. Few things were given away lightly” (213). After observing Smoke, she realised she couldn’t just betray a city that had their own way of living, history, and values. During the rising action of the book, Tally really wished she just sent the signal in the first day at Smoke because she is really anxious about either to help herself or save a city.
If I was Tally, I would probably choose to stay in Smoke and live there for the rest of my life because it’s definitely not right to destroy a city just because I wanted to be pretty. It really won’t matter if I’m pretty or not since everyone at Smoke looks ugly, even the celebrities.
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Do all the people around you look pretty or handsome? In the book, Uglies, everyone at the age of sixteen are forced to have plastic surgery. Above is a cover page I made to show the conflict for the main character, Tally. The conflict of the book is person vs. self because she is forced to either sacrifice herself or betray her friend. Through out the exposition of the book, she meets a girl named Shay who later becomes her friend and she wanted to rebel against the system. Westerfeld writes, “…I don’t want to be ugly all my life. I want those perfect eyes and lips, and for everyone to look at me and gasp. And everyone who sees me think Who’s that? and want to get to know me, and listen to what I say” (90). Tally refused to follow Shay and run away to Smoke(unknown city) because Tally really wanted to become pretty like her friends who were older. Westerfeld writes, “Until you do help us, to the very best of your ability, you will never be pretty” (107). Dr. Cable knew Shay must have told Tally where she went, so she was forced to go help find her or else she will never be pretty. Tally has to either sacrifice herself by never becoming pretty or betraying Shay and Shay’s friends.
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