Plastic Surgery Meets Fiction

For some people, plastic surgery is a dream come true. Still others envision it as more of a topic for horror movies, think Heath Ledger’s Joker character. Yet, no matter an individual’s personal position on the topic, the truth is, plastic surgery has gone so far as to meet the hands of fiction authors. There are series of books that incorporate the ideology of plastic surgery in their plots. Maybe you are wondering which books take that road. If so, keep reading.

The age for plastic surgery is highly debatable. Most of us would probably draw the line at ensuring that our children would have to wait until they are at least 18, legal adults, prior to making any lasting physical changes. However, some plastic surgery inclusive novels are geared more toward the early teen years. And, plastic surgeons claim that work on ears and noses happen as young as 10 years old (sometimes even younger than that).

Plastic Surgery Meets Fiction

Well-Loved Plastic Surgery Inclusive Novels

The novels on this list have found their home on goodreads. You can feel free to explore the whole list by clicking this. But, we have only included those novels that we are familiar with, or would place on our own reading compilations. Consider these:

  • Uglies– Written by Scott Westerfield, this is the first in a series of novels. The main character, Tally, is approaching 16 and will then be subjected to the surgery that will transform her from an Ugly to a Pretty. However, she has recently made friends with Shay who runs away because she doesn’t think she wants that surgery.
  • Pretties– The second part of the series by Westerfield has Tally starting to wonder if she made the right decision. Even though she’s gorgeous and is having a grand time with her super attractive friends and boyfriend, something just doesn’t feel right.
  • Perfect- Penned by Ellen Hopkins, four seniors in high school are facing their desires for perfection. Cara, Kendra, Sean, and Andre are all after perfection in one way or another and those options include sacrifice, surgeries, and even drugs. Read more.
  • The Fold- A novel by An Na, Joyce is offered a quick fix from her plastic surgery addicted aunt. The idea is to change her Asian heritage eye shape to something more American. But, Joyce isn’t sure she wants to do it, even if it will make her look more like her beautiful sister, Helen.
  • Skin Tight- Carl Hiassen’s most amusing novel, sets a shaky handed plastic surgeon, with connections to the Mafia, against the hero, a retired state investigator, Mick Stranahan. The twists in this novel are exceptional. Click this for more information.
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart– Another great by famous author, Mary Higgins Clark. Prosecutor, Kerry McGrath, is thrilled that after her daughter’s terrible accident the plastic surgeon is the reputed Dr. Charles Smith. But things get weird when she realizes that he has made her daughter look a lot like a young woman killed years before.
  • The Ugly Duckling– Penned by the infamous Iris Johansen, this book focuses on Nell Calder and her hopeful new beginning that includes a new face. However, the attacker that created the need for her new face is still hunting her. But, she’s interested in revenge even if it means using herself as the bait.

By the way, if you like Westerfield’s first two novels in the series, you should also try out Specials and Extras.