“Dorian Gray for the Girls generation.”
Fierce and hilarious women’s fiction debut, as three average girls become extraordinarily beautiful and have all 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 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…
I have been in a reading slump of late, so I decided to depart from my normal fare and read something radically out of my comfort zone. The Regulars is hard core chick-lit but with a magical twist. Three ‘regular’ girls get their hands on a magical serum that alters the way they look, making them mainstream / film star beautiful. Doors open, opportunities abound, but at what cost?
I was surprised to discover that I really liked this book. It’s well written, quick, witty, and you don’t have to really work to interpret the text. Our three heroines Evie, Krista and Willow are very different. Evie is a Sarah Lawrence feminist/journalist who is coming to grips with the realisation that ideals don’t always translate to the real world. Krista is an ex-law student turned actress who is unable to hold down a job, pay her bills, and hasn’t quite grown up from being a teenager. Willow is the struggling artist, tortured, pained, and unsure of herself.
Without spoilers, the girls were engaging, relateable, but somewhat two dimensional in certain scenes. Some of their decisions I don’t agree with, however, I can remember being young enough to make them! Evie was my favourite character, which is good for me, as she is the lion’s share of the story.
I wish there had been more story about the origin of the magical serum. It seemed to come out of nowhere and we weren’t given too much of it’s story. With that said, there are some allusions as to where it came from, but I wanted a more definite story about it.
Overall, enjoyed the story. This is a strong story from Clark and I really look forward to reading her next offering. And she’s Australian, so woot!