A fierce, feisty, and “wonderfully entertaining” (Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies) debut with a magical twist about three ordinary, regular girls who suddenly have their fantasies come true…or do they?
Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and 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, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.
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?
What AusRom Today thought:
Set in New York, best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are regular girls facing regular challenges surrounding careers, dating and relationships, and their own body image perceptions. The characters are easy to relate to and are well developed. The story takes a whimsical and (at times) dark turn with the introduction of magical Pretty tincture that transforms the girls from their regular-looking selves to supermodel gorgeous with all the supposed perks of beauty bestowed on them along the way—promotions, dream jobs, relationships, and their own self-esteem. However it isn’t long until we see the girls question the authenticity of their new-found lives.
With The Regulars, Georgia Clark explores and challenges body image attitudes and society’s tendency to see beauty as only skin deep. Clark goes further by questioning society’s preoccupation with beauty and the superficial way in which this impacts women in their everyday lives. Certainly The Regulars boasts a feminist-style message however delivered in a very palatable and entertaining manner. With equal measures of laugh-out-loud funny, dark, gritty, edgy, and whimsical, The Regulars is absolutely worth a read!
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