Book Reviews: Teen Series – Uglies – Gingerbread and Teen Nanny Diaries
Teen Book Series Reviews
by Jillian Bietz
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld:
Fifteen-year-old Tally lives in an abnormal society. On ones sixteenth birthday they receive an operation that transforms them from a regular person, or an “ugly”, into a drop-dead gorgeous person, or a “pretty”. Once someone “turns” he or she is introduced to a spectacular world of lavish mansions, wild parties, and beautiful people.
Like many kids, Tally cannot wait for her turn to live in such a carefree and attractive place. Since she is the youngest of her friends, she is left alone in her seemingly boring world, anxiously anticipating her upcoming birthday. But soon she meets Shay, who has her own ideas on becoming a Pretty.
Shay decides to run away to the Smoke, a place where rebellious people opposed to the operation go. Tally decides to stay and become pretty; that is all she ever wanted in life. But on the day of her operation, she is questioned about the disappearance of her friend, and is not allowed the transformation until she comes clean.
After ratting Shay out, Tally is sent as an undercover spy to the Smoke. But once Tally gets there, she learns many secrets about the operation- some that many change her idealistic attitude forever.
Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
Cyd Charisse(named after the entertainer) is, as her family calls her, a “recovering hellion”. After being kicked out of boarding school, sixteen-year-old rebel Cyd is sent back to live at home with her affluent family in San Francisco.
Nothing seems to be going well for Cyd, especially since her boyfriend, Shrimp, suddenly wants to take a break from the relationship. Her mother and stepfather arrange for Cyd to visit her biological dad in New York City.
Cyd hasn’t seen her father since she was a young child when he gave her Gingerbread her most beloved rag doll. After she meets her half siblings and restarts a rocky relationship with her father, Cyd learns to appreciate her family and tells her mother a painful secret, which she hasn’t been able to deal with.
The Teen Nanny Diaries by Victoria Ashton
Sixteen-year-old Adrienne Lewis is beyond excited when her best friend, Liz, lands her the job as being a nanny to the eight-year-old trouble maker ingénue Emma Warner, the daughter of a well-known New York family. All is well until Adrienne is sucked into a world of glamour, and high society mischief when Emma’s beautiful seventeen-year-old half sister, Cameron, befriends her. Though Liz tells Adrienne to be careful around the alluring teen socialite, Adrienne brushes that off her shoulder, and continues hanging out with Cameron who supply’s her with invites to the coolest parties, a new makeover, and an endless supply of designer duds. But what happens when Liz and Adrienne discover Cam’s plan to steal Adrienne’s boyfriend?