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3.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,765 ratings  ·  451 reviews
A fierce, feisty, and wonderfully entertaining (Scott Westerfeld, author of "Uglies") 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-lif
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Ashley
Jul 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
I must have missed something here. I've never read a book that has inspired such a bad review and I'm going to try and keep my emotions in check.

I've just finished THE REGULARS by Georgia Clark...and I'm pretty mad.

RELEASE DATE: August 2016

PUBLISHER: Atira Books

DISCLAIMER: Novel sent via NetGallery in exchange for a honest review.

SYNOPSIS: 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 typi
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Settle down. This ain’t Oprah.”

I have a hard time believing anything will beat out The Regulars for my worst read of 2018. Not even a cameo by my beloved could turn my frown upside down . . . .



The premise here was a potentially fun one: three average girls are gifted a potion guaranteed to make them “Pretty.” My brain was swimming with visions of horrible comedy film good times from the past . . . .



Unfortunately, this was a comp
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Carolyn
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if you were given a magic potion that could turn you from a 'regular' looking woman into a stunning supermodel - would you take it? This is the dilemma facing three regular looking girls in New York struggling to make their way in their careers. In this modern take on a fairy tale a little bottle of purple potion makes them beautiful for 7 days and transforms their lives. People notice beautiful women and seemingly everything they wish for is granted. But will it make them happy or teach th ...more
Melissa
If you’re a reader that enjoys a funny story and can suspend disbelief, this is pretty amusing - for the most part. This book strives to explore society's obsession with beauty and the unrealistic standards that we as women set for ourselves, in a humorous way.

I mention suspending disbelief because you kind of have to. This story is about three twenty-something friends living in New York, trying to find their way in the world. They’re each holding back in some way, until a purple liquid called
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Suzanne Leopold
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Three friends in Brooklyn are struggling to succeed in their careers, bank accounts and love. Evie is a copywriter at a women’s magazine and unhappy with her current job. Kristah has dropped out of law school to pursue an unsuccessful acting career. Willow is a photographer who struggles with self image issues. All three women feel that if they were prettier, opportunities would present themselves differently, and life experiences would be more fun.

The group obtains Pretty, a drink that they kno
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I received an ARC of this a while ago but never got around to reading it because the reviews of my friends who had read it were overwhelmingly negative (and many others seem to feel the same, with an average rating of 3.07 at the time that I posted this review). Eventually, curiosity got the better of me. I read the ARC.



THE REGULARS is an odd duck. It's about three 'friends' named Krista, Evie, and Willow, who all hate the way they look and
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Lucy Banks
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Corrin Foster
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I've never regretted purchasing a book until The Regulars.
Stephanie
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of The Regulars via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Addicting writing and short chapters helped make this a quick read, even though it was a little longer than it needed to be. I liked the style and I think the writing is what mostly compelled me to keep reading about these awful girls.

I appreciate a good character-driven story, but to really love one I either need to Love the characters or Love to Hate them. Unfortunately I felt slightly annoyed, but mostly ambivalent
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Lisa Mossie
Aug 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book took a premise that sounded intriguing and fun---a group of average or "regular" looking friends comes across a magical potion that makes them beautiful--and completely squanders it on the three most vapid and shallow characters ever published. It was hard for me to decide which one of these cliched millennials I disliked more: The strident angry feminist, Evie who preaches women's empowerment but doesn't practice it; the ditzy and lazy sex crazed roommate, Krista whose sexual escapade ...more
Suzanne
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Quick, witty, and damn funny! THE REGULARS provides a blessedly fresh snapshot of 20-something Brooklyn, of celebrity culture, of how both men and women buy into the fiction of beauty. This book will make you giggle and sigh (and sometimes cringe on the characters' behalves!) and above all, keep you hooked. Georgia Clark sneaks in some astute observations about societal "norms" in this thoroughly entertaining novel!
Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
Chick-lit masquerading as social satire. And not even good chick-lit. I get the joke- three 'regular' friends who find out that being drop-dead, photoshopped gorgeous isn't all that it's cracked up to be, but the message is lost in so much poor taste I copped out at 90%. I could not read on. There are better ways to skewer our selfie-centric, fake-beauty obsessed culture.
Natasha at Book Baristas
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee!

"You see what you want to see."

I loved THE REGULARS by Georgia Clark! This story read like a movie that was downright hilarious & addictive -- I may have laughed out loud more than once on the subway while reading
Cassie
Oct 23, 2017 marked it as abandoned
I hate all the characters, and life is short.
Lauren
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: terrible-books
I'm so disappointed by this book. Every single character in this book is terrible and stupid. Every. Single. One. The feminist who I thought I was going to love, is the biggest hypocrite. She refuses to wear makeup because it's a "beauty standard" when she already took a fucking potion to BECOME the beauty standard. She's complaining about working for this materialistic Cosmopolitan-style mag but she doesn't get the balls to quit and go to a source where her opinions will be heard, not undermine ...more
Christina
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Went exactly where I figured but hope it wouldn't go. At times it was funny and I did read it in a day without abandoning it, but feel like it could have done so much more.
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
I'm not going to lie, I bought this book a while ago and then it sat on my shelf for years because of the bad reviews it's gotten. I finally decided to pick it up and read it since I'm trying to get through some of the books that have been on my shelves for a while, and I was pleasantly surprised! That just goes to show that I shouldn't judge a book solely on reviews, because everyone has different tastes in books!

The Regulars is a cute chick lit book with a touch of fantasy thrown in. Best fri
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AusRomToday
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set in New York, best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are regular girls facing regular challenges surrounding careers, dating and relationships, and their own body image perceptions. The characters are easy to relate to and are well developed. The story takes a whimsical and (at times) dark turn with the introduction of magical Pretty tincture that transforms the girls from their regular-looking selves to supermodel gorgeous with all the supposed perks of beauty bestowed on them along the way—p ...more
Eeva
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNFed at 17%
I wish I could give this book zero stars. Or negative bazillion of stars.
It's the worst book I've read this year, and I''ve been reading some pretty shitty books, mind you.

The idea of the plot was very interesting and I was excited to read it. Unfortunately the writing is terrible, the vocabluary terrible, the characters shallow and uninteresting.
Evie, one of the main chatacters is so high and mighty that I dream of slapping her and making her fall from her high horse.

I find it apal
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Patty
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
** 2.5 / 3 stars **

Review to come.
Katie/Doing Dewey
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Summary Although the characters were sometimes frustrating, the plot a bit too neat, and the social commentary a bit heavy handed, I really enjoyed this dramatic, playful read.

"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
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Stacy
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Helen Marquis
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting take on the modern woman's seeming obsession with beauty, perfection and adhering to the unrealistic standards set by the beauty industry, 'The Regulars' centres around three female inhabitants of New York, who are gifted a potion called "Pretty" by their very own fairy godmother. Just one drop of the potion turns them into perfect specimens - long and lithe of limb, glossy and bouncy of hair, big and perky of chest, captivating of gaze and utterly irresistible to both men and wom ...more
Georgia Clark
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: erryone
Recommended to Georgia by: a mystical force
This is a warm-hearted, funny, dirty, sexy, political-in-a-good-way novel about beauty. You will like it if you like stories about female friendship or magic realism or contemporary fiction or Brooklyn or you've ever felt not pretty enough.
Rachel
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was really intrigued by this book, especially after reading the chapter sampler that ‘Books and the City’ kindly gave me at the spring blogger event. It didn’t sound like anything I’d read before so it was very excited to try something new.

The book is as fascinating as it sounds. The writing style is great, it’s sharp and packs a punch, it’s a lot darker than most of the books I read and liked that about it. I’m used to very cosy and warm writing (which i equally enjoy), so it was a great cont
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Aimee
When I picked up this to read I’d completely forgotten what it was about, except for the magic potion thing, but that happens a lot for me so I just decided to go into the book blind and have no expectations. I do like going into books blind sometimes.

I think I had a problem with each woman and it just got worse as they became addicted or relied on the Pretty more and more. Evie, Krista and Willow all had their own reasons for taking Pretty but as they relied on it more things in their lives see
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Jaclyn Crupi
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Maria Semple's Today Will Be Different has been my top beach read recommendation for the summer so far but I think this will be up there. It's a feminist fairytale about three 20-something women who are given a potion that makes them supermodel gorgeous for one week. It's a silly notion of course but Clark explores it in interesting ways. The three Regulars are funny, delightful and complex women and the book's failing is in separating them once they're Pretties. But if you like your beach readi ...more
Dev
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Atria Books/Simon & Schuster Canada for providing an ARC to read! In no way does this affect my review or opinions.

When I first read the synopsis, I was super intrigued, because while this seemed like a funny novel, it also had potential to have deeper meaning. I myself have thought about what advantages I'd have in life if I were simply prettier; This novel explores the ups and downs of that.

The three girls in this novel were so fun to read about! All three went through some gre
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Claire Terry
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely could not put THE REGULARS down, hooked on page one by the prose (I even stopped reading another book that I was halfway through, so I could finish it!).

This is a witty, enticing, cerebral-yet-hilariously-down-to-earth book that you simply don't want to end!

Georgia Clark creates a world which is all-too-familiar, framed by a magical reality (the 'Pretty' potion) which both attracts and repels at the same time. (I mean, of course it's *wrong* and completely anti-feminist to place su
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Lee
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
This story was a good read for the pool; and the topics it touches on are so relevant and timely. I really appreciated the way the author used the characters to present narratives on the contradictions and complexities about physical image that we consider normal in American culture, and to our detriment.

A couple of the reviews on the back cover used the phrase "fairy tale" to describe the story's general approach, and I would agree. However, that made it really easy to guess (correctly) how the
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