Find this at Scott Reads ItImagine a world where everyone is "ugly" until the day they turn 16 where people undergo an operation called the "Surge" that makes you "pretty". This is the world of the Uglies where beauty is everything. The Uglies is told from the point of view of Tally Youngblood. The Uglies: Shay's Story is a graphic novel spin off of the Uglies series and is told from the persepective of Tally's best friend Shay. I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot more than Uglies because I find Shay more interesting than Tally. Shay's view of the "Surge" and the world was very thought provoking. Shay believed that a surgery couldn't make anyone beautiful and that natural beauty is real beauty. Shay faces a choice should she become pretty or should she flee society? I really love the theme of this series, that beauty is natural. Scott Westerfield believes that cosmetics don't make a person beautiful and I believe that's very important. So many people starve themselves, and do horrible things to make themselves feel beautiful. People need to realize that internal beauty is true beauty. Beauty isn't everything and it isn't the key to happiness. This graphic novel has really made me want to pick up Pretties and Levithan even more. If you enjoyed Uglies then you must read this to see Shay in a way you never saw her before. The art is fantastic, this fast paced story is engaging, what more could you want? Must Read!