Me in my ‘i’m an ugly.’ t-shirt. Comes from the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I forget if the publisher was giving out the shirts for Spring or Fall previews, but it was before Extras came out, definitely. (However, since the original trilogy wrapped up so nicely and was SO GOOD, I decided to pretend that Extras was never written.)
Here is the editorial copy from Uglies:
“Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license–for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world–and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.”
The two books that followed are called Pretties and Specials. I loved each one of them. Westerfeld is such a good writer and the concept behind Tally’s world was incredibly unique and thought provoking.
I am, very proudly, an ugly.