Blurb: Best friends Evie, Krista and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, making their way on the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating and making rent. Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well… gorgeous. Like, supermodel, drop-dead, beautiful. Who could blame them for exploiting this gift as unexpected doors begin to open? But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left: what are they willing to sacrifice to stay pretty?
Title: The Regulars
Author: Georgia Clark
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Magical Realism?
Evie, Krista and Willow are three friends, figuring out life and just trying to get by. They’re dealing with all the usual suspects – unfulfilling work, credit card debt, crippling insecurity and mediocre relationships – but when an old friend of Krista’s pops up with a small vial of purple liquid, it seems their luck is about to change…
Picture this – The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Girls meets Death Becomes Her meets Ugly Betty.
This book was such a mixture of the above that I was hooked immediately. Who hasn’t toyed with the idea of what they’d do if they were the prime example of everything society praised, even if just for a short while? I sure have. What I loved most about this book was that it was more than just a look at what could happen if you become conventionally pretty – it was about what beauty really means, a reminder that your face/body doesn’t make you a different person and that you don’t need to change your appearance in order to be a good person worthy of life. The message in this book was one that I think will stay with me for a while and one that I wholeheartedly agree with. I really appreciated that the author didn’t take the route of the characters becoming ‘pretty’ and all of a sudden their lives are perfect. Instead we get break ups, heart break, job losses, online humiliation and an argument or two. These ups and downs that the characters go through presented the opportunity for some real laugh out loud moments – the banter between Evie and Krista, Krista’s inability to come up with a convincing fake name and the physical transformation that the Pretty triggers being just a few. The characters were all very well fleshed out, convincing and interesting. We get to read from all three points of view and there was never any confusion as they all maintained their own voice. Jumping between these points of view helped to keep the story relatively fast paced and often meant that I read more in one sitting than I intended.
As for what I disliked, my main thing was that we only get a glimpse at where the Pretty came from when Krista visits Penny but that’s it. It’s made obvious that there’s a whole world, a shady and corrupt one at that, that exists surrounding this magical potion and I would have loved to know more about it. Where did it come from? Who invented it? I still have all of these questions but the quick look at Penny’s new world just made me even hungrier for answers! I’d also add that there were times when the characters became slightly grating. Now, this could very much have been done to show the reader the effect of Pretty not being a catch all fix to every problem but there were definitely points that I was holding back an eye roll.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who is after a story that combines an honest look at what beauty really looks like, how much feminism has done so far and a healthy dose of humour!
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