The Regulars, Georgia Clark: Book Review

Atria / Daniel N. Johnson

What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

The Regulars Book Cover The Regulars
Georgia Clark
Adult Fiction
Atria
2016
Paperback
391

A fierce and feisty 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?

This review contains quotes from the book.

*Special thanks to Atria for allowing us to read Georgia Clark’s The Regulars.

With The Regulars, Georgia Clark writes a story about three best friends: Evie, Willow, and Krista. All of whom are just trying to survive their mid-twenties living in New York City. Like virtually every young hopeful making their move to the Big Apple, all these friends want to do is be successful in their jobs, have a few dates in New York and try to make ends meet in a big city.

Evie is trying to get her ideas at her magazine used but keeps getting shot down by her boss. Krista just wants to have her big break in the acting world but has yet to do so. And Willow is starting to become destructive and keeping secrets from the people she cares about most.

But one day they come across this thing called Pretty. Pretty is a magic tincture that makes all three of them drop dead gorgeous. And this leads to them having opportunities they never thought would be possible. But of course, there is a dark side to using Pretty. So the question throughout the whole novel becomes, What would you give up to be Pretty?

“The Pretty was a potion that opened doors.

Literally and metaphorically.

The metaphor openings included the free cookie the acne-sprayed barista gave Evie with her latte, the enthusiasm a complete stranger showed when offering to hail her a cab. The way her landlord, the very grumpy, highly suspicious Mr. Gorbul, was entirely unfazed by the fact he’d caught Evie’s ‘sister’ using her own key, despite the fact this was strictly forbidden. ‘Stay as long as you like!’ he’d insisted, one damp hand clamped on her shoulder, breath pickle-sour. ‘Really. As long as you like.’

She told him she’d only be visiting for a week.

One drop. One week.

– excerpt from Georgia Clark’s The Regulars

I absolutely loved this book. At first, I thought this would be just a regular women fiction novel because of the three best friends living in New York and trying to make ends meet. But the Pretty twist was pleasantly surprising. I recommend this to anyone who needs to get out of their reading funk. The character’s in this novel are so relatable and it is easy to root for them. I especially liked Evie because she is the girl that I would be friends with if she were real. Please go get this one. No regrets.

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Jessica Duffield
I am a sophomore in college. Books are my passion and I hope to work in book publishing once I graduate.