the regulars book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

The Regulars by Georgia Clark is a hilarious and a witty novel. A light and entertaining read, the book explores the society’s obsession with beauty and its unrealistic standards for women.

Evie, Krista, and Willow are best friends in their mid-twenties living in New York. They’re normal, everyday people with average lives and average looks. As many normal people do, the women experience crises pertaining to their love and work lives. Unlike normal people, however, they come across a magic potion called Pretty that can make them “beautiful.” The potion makes the three best friends gorgeous, tall, and curvy with beautiful hair. The sudden gift of beauty causes doors to open for them. It’s almost like a Cinderella type fairy tale where the pretty potion makes them “beautiful” in the eyes of others. Unfortunately, just like it did for Cinderella, beauty does come at a price and for them, beauty is truly pain. Their newfound beauty and newfound lives turn into their biggest nightmares.

While it was amusing, The Regulars was a longer novel than necessary and the ending was lackluster. The cliche story line has been used before in previous novels. I did appreciate the overall message the author tried to convey– that everyone has insecurities and we should accept ourselves for who we are, and not just strive to mold to society’s expectations. Unfortunately, the delivery of the message was lacking. Throughout the novel, there were mixed signals about what beauty truly is and its true meaning was never fully explored.

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Benish Khan has her B.A in Psychology and Religion from the University of New York. She’s a psychologist and artist by day, and a bookworm by night. She currently blogs at feministreflections.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Atria/Emily Bestler Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.