The Regulars: a novel by Georgia Clark. New York: Atria Books, 2016. 391 pages. ***
What if you and your best friends could change your "regular" look into your fantasy super model self for one week? Evie, Krista, and Willow are in their mid-twenties, trying to survive and find a niche in NewYork surrounded by successful, beautiful women. With one drop, a purple magic potion, "Pretty" will transform an average looking person into a totally different, glamorous, gorgeous, and successful woman. Willow, the first of the three, to try the magic potion is so transformed that her family and boyfriend don't recognize her. What starts out as a lark soon becomes complicated when their new selves are treated differently and they realize that the potion may not be the answer to what is holding them back from realizing their dreams.
This is an interesting story, part Alice in Wonderland, part horror, and realistic fiction. What looks fabulous and enviable from a distance, isn't always what it seems. Clark paints a realistic picture of the age old adage, "the grass is always greener..." and the ramifications of buying into a superficial lifestyle. Evie gets the girl of her dreams, Willow becomes a successful artist while seducing her boyfriend as Caroline and Krista gets the role of a lifetime. Laughs, tears, lots of sex, betrayal, and angst rolled into a story that will have you asking yourself, will you take the potion or walk away? Me, I'm not so sure.
I received a copy for a review.
Georgia Clark is widely published in women's and lifestyle magazines, has written for TV and performs improv. She is the author of YA novels She's with the Band and Parched. A native Australian, Georgia lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and a fridge full of cheese. The Regulars is her first adult novel.