Author: Georgia Clark
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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 them, well…gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them. 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 would you sacrifice to be Pretty?” (Source)
I was dubious about this book at first. The main characters sometimes felt incredibly relatable to me, but at other times they were so completely irresponsible or silly or insecure that their actions were only barely believable. As I got into the story though, I got hooked. I enjoyed the wild, crazy, once-in-a-lifetime experiences they each had while using the Pretty. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. While I sometimes find books with this much drama annoying, in this book, it was a fun adventure and was made more believable by the magical realism of the Pretty.
Throughout, the book had its flaws. The events while the girls were using the Pretty and the ways their lives were changed at the end were a bit too neat. The comments the author made about beauty were a bit too direct. At times, it felt as though the author was having the characters share with us her beliefs. Fortunately, I don’t mind plots where everything just works out too much and I I agreed with the feminist commentary on beauty the author was sharing. As a result, neither of these flaws prevented me from enjoying this fun romp.
I’ve been trying not to compare this to The Assistants and just enjoy it for itself, but I can’t help mentioning that if you liked this book, you’ll probably love The Assistants. I’m less sure the reverse is true. The Assistants had none of the flaws of this book and was wittier as well. However, if you’re looking for some books to take to the beach, I’d recommend grabbing them both.
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