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review 2019-05-22 09:48
Schönheit als Allheilmittel
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld

Ich habe einen interessanten Zeitpunkt gewählt, um „Uglies“ von Scott Westerfeld zu lesen. Das Buch ist mittlerweile 14 Jahre alt und Auftakt der gleichnamigen „Uglies“-Tetralogie. Es lag recht lange auf meinem SuB, etwa dreieinhalb Jahre, weil meine Begeisterung für Young Adult – Dystopien seit dem Kauf deutlich abflaute. Als ich es im Februar 2019 aus dem Regal holte, folgte ich einer spontanen Eingebung meines Bauches. Das Timing hätte nicht besser sein können, denn während meiner Recherchen zum Autor fand ich heraus, dass Westerfeld im September 2018 begann, eine neue Tetralogie namens „Impostors“ im „Uglies“-Universum zu veröffentlichen, die bis 2021 vollständig erscheinen soll. Wir werden sehen, ob er mich so lange bei der Stange halten kann. Mit „Uglies“ erlebte ich auf jeden Fall einen vielversprechenden Start.

 

Alle Menschen wollen schön sein. Die beinahe 16-jährige Tally ist da keine Ausnahme. Nur noch ein paar Wochen trennen sie von ihrem neuen Gesicht und ihrem neuen Ich. Schluss mit ihrem Dasein als Ugly! Sie wird eine Pretty sein, in New Pretty Town leben und nur noch Spaß haben. Es ist so großzügig von der Regierung, allen Einwohner_innen zu ihrem 16. Geburtstag eine umfangreiche Schönheitsoperation zu schenken! Ist es doch – oder nicht? Tallys Freundin Shay hat Bedenken, denn der Eingriff ist keineswegs freiwillig. Kurz vor ihrer OP läuft sie davon, um in der Wildnis zu leben und bringt Tally damit in ernste Schwierigkeiten. Die Regierung stellt sie vor die Wahl: entweder, sie findet Shay und verrät ihre Freundin oder sie wird niemals operiert werden. Tally muss sich entscheiden. Wird sie Shay opfern, um pretty zu sein?

 

Ich hatte vor der Lektüre zurückhaltende Erwartungen an „Uglies“. Nur eine weitere Young Adult – Dystopie, nichts Besonderes, glaubte ich. Ich rechnete nicht damit, das Buch zu genießen und war darauf vorbereitet, häufig die Augen zu verdrehen. Deshalb freue ich mich, berichten zu können, dass mich „Uglies“ überraschend gut unterhielt und ich die Botschaft, die Scott Westerfeld vermittelt, sehr wichtig finde. Wie ihr euch sicher anhand der Inhaltsangabe denken könnt, behandelt die Tetralogie das Konzept von Schönheit. Die Geschichte spielt in einer undefinierten Zukunft, vermutlich mehrere Jahrhunderte nach unserer Gegenwart, nachdem eine fatale Katastrophe die Menschheit beinahe auslöschte. Was genau geschehen ist, lässt Westerfeld offen, er deutet allerdings an, dass umweltschädliches, ressourcenverschwendendes Verhalten verantwortlich war, wodurch „Uglies“ gerade jetzt hochaktuell ist. Einige Vertreter_innen der menschlichen Spezies überlebten und gründeten eine Gesellschaft, die die Fehler der Vergangenheit zu vermeiden versucht und nach Regeln funktioniert, die auf mich skurril und repressiv wirkten. Alle Menschen müssen sich anlässlich ihres 16. Geburtstags einer drastischen Operation unterziehen, die ihr Äußeres perfektioniert. Wir sprechen hier nicht über eine kleine Nasenkorrektur, nein, es handelt sich um weitreichende Anpassungen, die den kompletten Körper betreffen. Alle Makel werden beseitigt – was als Makel gilt, obliegt der Regierung. Die Operation dient nicht nur als physische Optimierung, sie ist ebenso ein Initiationsritus, der den Übergang vom Kind zum Erwachsenen markiert. Aus heranwachsenden, durchschnittlichen Uglies werden bildschöne Pretties, die als vollwertige Mitglieder der Gesellschaft nach New Pretty Town umziehen. Der gesamte Prozess wird als erstrebenswert propagiert und auch die Protagonistin Tally sehnt sich danach, eine Pretty zu werden. Wozu das Ganze? Offiziell liegt die Annahme zugrunde, dass staatlich verordnete äußerliche Perfektion ein friedliches Zusammenleben garantiert, weil Intoleranz, Diskriminierung und Neid beseitigt werden, wenn alle gleich schön sind. Ein bisschen wie der Effekt, den man Schuluniformen zurechnet. Somit gilt Schönheit als Allheilmittel gegen die Konflikte der Menschheit. Ich sehe darin eine sehr interessante Theorie, die sich zu diskutieren lohnt. Könnte da etwas dran sein? In der Realität von „Uglies“ ist dieses Gedankenspiel natürlich nicht mehr als eine Illusion, die die wahren, perfiden Absichten der Regierung verschleiern soll, was die burschikose, unkomplizierte und sympathische Hauptfigur Tally im Verlauf der Handlung unsanft herausfindet. Obwohl diese einige Logiklöcher aufweist, fühlte ich mich in meinem Lesespaß nicht gestört. Das Buch las sich leicht und angenehm; ich stolperte nicht über Aspekte, die nicht völlig plausibel waren, weil ich die Aussagen, die Scott Westerfeld über Schönheit, Oberflächlichkeit und Individualität trifft, als wesentlich relevanter empfand als die inhaltlichen Entwicklungen. Er geht dabei nicht subtil vor. Im Grunde könnte seine Intention auch in roten Leuchtlettern auf dem Cover stehen, so offensichtlich ist sie. Da wir jedoch über einen Roman für Jugendliche sprechen, finde ich seine Direktheit nicht zu aufdringlich und sogar angemessen. Geht es um Body Positivity, kann man gar nicht explizit genug werden.

 

„Uglies“ treibt unsere gesellschaftliche Obsession bezüglich Schönheit auf die Spitze und überraschte mich mit der äußerst konkreten, eindeutigen Botschaft, die der Autor Scott Westerfeld präsentiert. Der Tetralogieauftakt lässt wenig Interpretationsspielraum, den es in diesem Kontext meiner Ansicht nach allerdings auch nicht braucht, weil Westerfeld die Handlung und das Design seiner Dystopie seinem thematischen Schwerpunkt unterordnet. Jede Facette der Geschichte dient dazu, Kritik an übertriebenem Schönheitskult zu üben und dessen Gefahren zu betonen. Das Buch ist aufgrund seiner Unzweideutigkeit lesenswert. Die zielgerichtete Gradlinigkeit von Westerfelds Herangehensweise imponierte mir und überzeugte mich, den Folgebänden eine Chance zu geben. Manchmal ist die Absicht einer Geschichte eben doch essenzieller als ihr Inhalt.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/scott-westerfeld-uglies
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review 2019-05-17 22:59
Implausible and shockingly violent
Pretty Girls - Karin Slaughter

I'm a bit of an outlier with this one here on BL - most of the ratings are quite a bit higher than this one.

 

I really like Slaughter's Will Trent series, which features a GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigations) detective who is dyslexic and functionally illiterate. This is actually fairly implausible as well - if there is one thing that is absolutely required for detectives, it's competent reading skills. Nonetheless, that bothers me very little in that series because the characters are so engaging.

 

Pretty Girls is a Slaughter stand-alone - the third that I've read. It is very engaging. In fact, you can use any of those silly review words to describe it: compulsively readable; propulsive action; blah blah blah.

 

Unfortunately, it is so violent that it is almost unreadable. If you think back to the sexual violence in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, that's what we're talking about here. This is a deal breaker for a lot of people, and I'm not kidding when I say it is violent. Violence really isn't a deal breaker for me, but this book was at the leading edge of what I can even read. On a scale of 1 to 10, the level of sexual violence is this book is 1,532,710. It's that violent.

 

In addition, though, the real problem that I had with the book was that it is utterly implausible. I have no problem with conspiracies that verge on preposterous, but this one, nope. It strained credulity beyond the breaking point.

 

I read it in about 3 hours - and it's an over 500 page book - so that tells you that it is gripping. But I didn't really enjoy the process of being gripped.

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review 2019-04-22 13:49
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard

This was okay.
It was like Clueless in a lot of ways, but with added mystery. That was never solved.
I felt like the characters and their teenage ways were the best part of the story. The writing was a little scattered though in the beginning. I found it hard to know what was going on, but I caught up in the middle and it got better for me.
I even have the first season of the show now, so I can see how the adaption is. It's quite popular after all. You'll see what I think about that too.

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2019/04/pretty-little-liars-by-sara-shepard-17.html
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review 2019-02-28 11:33
Good Story and Good Characters
Pretty in Ink - Ava Blackstone Pretty in Ink - Ava Blackstone

Olivia/Liv liked to follow her instincts. C J was Olivia’s boyfriend, he wasn’t the perfect boyfriend but he understood her. They were at the tattoo shop- Permanent Ink. Olivia told CJ she was afraid of needles. Than Caleb ward wrapped his fingers around Liv’s arm after her name had been called. Liv had a crush on Caleb when they were just kids. Caleb asked Liv what she was doing there. She couldn’t tell Caleb why she was there he’d be calling her parents right away. Than Liv told C J Caleb was  Rafe’s best friend. Liv tried to remember if Caleb had been at dinner when she told her parents two months ago she had broken up with C J. Caleb wouldn’t have to mention a tattoo C J’s name would freak them out. Than Caleb said he was there working. Liv than homicide in hamburger habit. Dead bodies at Delray’s Deli? Caleb than said he didn’t discuss open cases. Caleb said she didn’t want Liv to do something she’d regret. He’d was returning to where he had seen Liv last and and seen CJ walking and he asked CJ where Liv was and he said the tattoo shop and they were no longer together. Than the tattoo artist told Liv she could open her eyes and see her tattoo and she seen the name caleb on her arm. Liv knew she had been fuzzy when she picked out the tattoo but she thought she had chosen a butterfly or flower. Three months later after liv got the tattoo and she was trying to muscle her life back on track but she still had a ways to go. Liv wrote up a business plan for Designs By Olivia. She got tp the final round in a local design competition. She upped her hours at Hannigan's and moved back in with her parents to save money on rent. Her mother had “ found” her business plan and her father asked her how much she needed and they would loan it too her. Her mom said she was proud of her and said they knew she would make this business a success. Three months later- Caleb hadn’t seem :Liv since the day in front of Permanent Ink. Now at her brothers house he heard her voice. For the last three months she wasn’t at any of her family's functions but now he could see that she was ok and maybe he could get her out of his head. Than jen-rafe’s wife had a woman there for caleb to meet. Her name was Joslyn and before he left that evening he realized Joslyn would be perfect for him and asked her out. Liv told calab Joslyn was the female version of himself and he needed someone to shake him up . jar him out of his routine. Joslyn said she though He and Liv were involved. Caleb said Liv was like a younger sister. Luiv had spent three months avoiding caleb , picking up extra hours at work, even claiming to be sick one time.  Now she had to go to her cousin Ella’s engagement party. She had to hope her family remembered caleb wasn’t actually a Voretti and shouldn’t have to suffer through the four weeks of mandatory wedding “fun” leading up to Ella’s wedding. Caleb entered the room to ella ripping off Liv’s blouse, he gave Kayla his shirt and told Ella he would make sure Liv had a fitting at the bridal shop. Liv told Caleb he had ruined everything but he couldn’t think of anything but her against him- sweet, hot, and necessary. Liv was one of the women caleb was never going to have. Than her parents barged in and mistoke the situation. Than Liv said she needed him to be her pretend boyfriend until after the wedding so everyone would think caleb being on her arm was for him. He was going to say no until he seen the tears. Liv never cried so he ended up agreeing. Caleb knew he had always wanted Liv n=more than he should and she scared the hell out of him. Caleb and Liv went to the bar after he called his friend Ezra help he get off CJ’s balcony. Caleb kissed her and Liv wanted more but he pulled himself away after she had invaded “Fix It Day” at his place when she had heard about his and Joslyn’s date. Then after the kisses Caleb had wiped out every other man from Liv’s memory. Before they knew it the wedding was over and it was the last morning of being a fake couple . Caleb admitted to Liv it just wasn’t going to happen with Joslyn.

I enjoyed reading this book. I loved Caleb and Liv together. I liked the plot but the pace did drag for me at times. I liked how close Liv and her family were and that they made caleb a part of that family. I liked the closeness between Rafe and Caleb. Caleb and Liv were opposite each other but some of it was because Caleb held himself in check because of his parents and how they had treated him while he was growing up and the anger he had pushed so far deep inside himself. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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review 2019-01-20 18:35
Pretty in Punxsutawney
Pretty in Punxsutawney - Laurie Boyle Crompton

Andie has always wished that her life was like a movie...but this wasn't what she had in mind. 


The summer before Andie's senior year of high school, her family moved to Punxsutawney, PA.  Andie's mother has raised her to be a movie buff, mostly by watching her favorite movies from the 1980's.  Andie naturally gravitates towards the town's movie theatre where she meets Colton. Colton seems like the perfect candidate for Andie's first kiss.  However, the evening before Andie's first day she falls asleep on the couch watching Pretty in Pink in a pink polk-a-dot dress.  After a not-so-stellar first day where Andie loses Colton's interests to classmate, Kaia, Andie wishes she could have a do-over.  Her wish might just come true.

Combining some of my favorite movies from the 80's and early 90's, Pretty in Punxsutawney is a fun and heartwarming journey.  At this point in my life I identified more better with Andie's mom, but easily found myself immersed in Andie's story.  I could feel myself cringe along with Andie as her first day of school was less than ideal, especially with Colton.  I loved when the Groundhog's Day aspect came in and Andie repeated her first day over and over with different variations while desiring to make Colton her boyfriend.  Many of the variations picked up on other movies such as Breakfast Club and Ferris Buehler's Day Off.  I especially enjoyed when Andie began to try out a different clique each first day and begins to realize what her purpose might really be. I do wish that my favorite first day with the dance party was how Andie was able to stop the cycle; however, I'm still glad that things were able to wrap up the way they did.  Overall, a very endearing and lighthearted Young Adult read with plenty of nostalgia for older readers.


This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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