Tally Youngblood is about to turn sixteen and she can't wait to be pretty. Her world is divided Uglies or frumpy no fun younger than sixteen kids on one side of the river and Pretties the fun and surgically beautiful older people on the other side. Then Tally meets Shay who doesn't know if she wants to be pretty. Shay runs away and Tally learns that their is an ugly side to being Pretty. The authorities offer her two choices: find Shay and turn her in or never turn pretty.
This is a lovely book. Its highly addictive and continues with three other books in the series. If you love action-romance and reading about selfish decisions or giving things up for others you'll love this series.