I have recently read the first three books in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, and I have the last one on hold at the library. When Uglies came out, I thought I should read it because it looked interesting and everyone said it was really good, but I didn't. Same with the rest of the series. Finally, a couple weeks ago I saw that my sister had the first two books so I borrowed them from her because I've been looking for a good book.
I quickly read through the first two books, then got the next one, and now I'm impatiently waiting for the last one from the library.
This is a teen dystopian series. The premise is that when people turn sixteen, they have extensive plastic surgery done to become beautiful. Everyone wants it, everyone gets it, or so Tally thinks until she meets Shay. Her world is suddenly turned upside down, and the books get really interesting.
Another good book dealing with the concept of beauty and ugliness is Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. Aza is ugly, but she has a beautiful singing voice. She has some interactions with the prince, and it starts a grand adventure.
All of these books made me think a lot about beauty and the affect is has on people. Do we really let beauty affect how we interact with people. Sadly, yes we do. Can it be over come? Happily, yes it can!
Personality will go a lot farther than good looks for anyone. You can be beautiful but a terrible person and people will eventually hate you. You can be ugly but an amazing person and people will eventually love you.
Honestly, we all judge books (people) by their covers, but smart people learn to read the words underneath and get to love the characters.