Best friends Evie, Krista and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls with typical quarter life crises: making it up 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, supermodelgorgeous. With a single drop, each young woman gets the gift of jaw-dropping beauty for one week, presenting them with unimaginable opportunities to make their biggest fantasies come true. 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 would you sacrifice to be Pretty?
I know, I know, that’s kind of a weird start to a book review but it actually gives you a little bit of insight into the storyline.
I was honored to be part of the BookSparks 2016 Summer Reading Challenge this year. As part of the Last Days of Summer Blog Tour, we received The Regulars by Georgia Clark.
This story is about three twenty-something friends living in New York, trying to find their way in the world. Evie, Krista and Willow are each holding back in some way, until a purple liquid called “pretty” ends up in their hands. With each dose they go from regular looking girls to supermodel “pretty” – tall, curvy, sexy, voluminous hair, and catch the eye of everyone who passes for seven days. They can’t help it if privileges are given to the “pretty” girls and not the “regulars”. Of course, perfection does come with a price – there’s a dark side to Pretty, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas
I was surprised to read that in addition to enhancing their physical beauty, the potion also changed them into new people completely. One thing I did find unusual is that we never learned about the details of the origin of the potion (“Pretty”) and how it worked. The author chose to keep that a mystery that no one seemed to really care about.
The Regulars reminds readers that beauty is only skin deep and no matter what you look like, what’s inside your heart is really what matters the most. This is really the kind of story that would work well as a movie since it has that kind of storyline. It’s fun and light – sort of a fairytale – and no one should take it seriously. Unfortunately, the characters are relatable to most female readers because most of us have experienced unhealthy feelings about our own self-image and beauty at one time or another in our lives.
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Georgia Clark is the author THE REGULARS (Emily Bestler Books/Simon & Schuster), and two YA novels, SHE’S WITH THE BAND and PARCHED. THE REGULARS is her debut adult fiction and is being released around the world.
Georgia was born in Sydney, Australia. Her BA in Communications (Media Arts & Production) saw her becoming active in the student movement and blow way too much money on making short films and music videos. After graduating she became a professional hipster for a while as Editor of The Brag, an excellent weekly music street press magazine. This also involved being in a band, the seminal electropop trio, Dead Dead Girls. She went on to become an Online Producer for a soapie called Home & Away, and Online Writer for Fremantle Media Australia.
In 2008 her first novel, She’s With The Band was published by Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin. She’s With The Band was released in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2011. It attracted five-star reviews. Georgia has worked as a freelance journalist and copywriter for ten years. She is published in Cosmo, CLEO, Daily Life, Sunday Life, Girlfriend and more. She has attended writers’ residencies in Martha’s Vineyard and Portugal, and has also received grants for her work.
Georgia moved to from Sydney to New York in 2009 just for fun. Here, she performs improv and enjoys meeting new and interesting cheese platters. She writes from the New York Writers Room, which involves macaroons and many, many cups of tea. She lives in Brooklyn and is hard at work on her next book. Follow her on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers and BookSparks as part of the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge in exchange for this post, which is my honest review and unbiased opinion.
Keep checking out BookSparks’ Summer Reading Challenge 2016! There are so many more books you’ll want to put into your beach bag! This summer continues to be the “best summer ever.” #SRC2016 #BestSummerEver #BestSRCEver!