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Misuse of the word 'retarded' - not acceptable,
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This review is from: Pretties (Uglies) (Kindle Edition)
I didn't even get as far as what Tally did next. Westerfield got himself straight onto my 'Do not read' list for misusing the word 'retarded' twice in the first 12% of the book (goodness knows how many more times, I won't be reading on to find out). Pretty-speak is intensely irritating at best, but using the r-word is a deal breaker for me. "That's so retarded" = that's so bad it's as bad as someone intellectually disabled. Not acceptable.
A great pity, I enjoyed uglies immensely, but I won't be reading any more Pretties, or anything else by this author.