Saturday, 1 July 2017

Review of The Regulars by Georgia Clarke

The bit on the back...

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. 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 are they prepared to sacrifice?

I won a beautiful hardback copy of this book in a Twitter giveaway run by the publisher. I was immediately intrigued by the plot which is effectively that of an adult fairytale, albeit quite sinister, where three women are given the chance to change themselves so that new opportunities to  progress their careers and love lives come easily to them. Part of what intrigued me most about this book is how relevant it is to women today facing some of the same issues as the characters and how far they are driven to succeed.

There are three main characters - Evie, Krista and Willow, three friends who are all facing similar challenges in their relatively young lives. Each of the girls try "Pretty" and while the transformations are violent the ultimate result is that of incredible beauty which opens many of the previously closed doors for each character.

Willow has low self esteem and Pretty gives her the boost of confidence she needs but soon discovers darker traits within herself when it comes to her relationship. Krista's experience seems to give her everything she's ever dreamed of however she's outrageous in her alter-ego and everything swiftly backfires. Evie, held back at work - I kind of thought of her character in the same vein as the character Kate Hudson played in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days - finds her new beautiful self out-going and her ideas are willingly accepted, however on the flip side the fact that she's lying eventually becomes something she struggles with.

Pretty made each of the girls beautiful, no doubt about that, however it also seemed to heighten some of their personality traits - the good and the bad - and while it seemed like the perfect solution to their unhappiness the alternative life that Pretty shows them is tainted from the beginning.

The underlying, and important, message is obviously that of embracing who you are and learning to find happiness within yourself and that life isn't easy but it can be worth the effort.

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