Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos.
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance.
Release Date: 5th May 2015.
In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world’s aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new “eco-chic” trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?
Smart, provocative, and entertaining, this thrilling page-turner for teens questions the cult like mentality of fame and fashion. Are you in or are you out?
Book Review ~ ‘Material Girls’ by Elaine Dimopoulos ~ 5+ Stars!
‘Material Girls’ is on my list of favourite books of 2015. I mean, seriously – WOW! What a stunner of a book! The emotion and feeling that came across in this book, alongside the realistic depictions of everyday challenges that teenagers face, was just overwhelming in how perfect it was.
I’m ashamed to say that knowing it was a book aimed at young adults, I wasn’t expecting ‘Material Girls’ to resonate with me, but boy was I wrong. Elaine Dimopoulos brings to the story a level of maturity and reality that it can be difficult to find even in adult books. Everything about the world that Dimopoulos created, the characters and their daily trials with the regime, the system that they accept without question, and the underlying feeling that maybe not everything is as OK as it seems, all brilliantly mirrors a great dystopian story. But as well as that, this story is just so much more.
The use of materialism and fashion as the focus point of ‘Material Girls’ was so unique and exciting. Everyday we are bombarded with billboards of new fashions which likely won’t last over a couple of months. Dimopoulos has heightened this, and with it heightened the risks that such a consumerist society has on others.
Marla was a fantastic character who I loved from the get-go. I really felt for her, seeing as how her innocence and naivity were used against her, and how her eyes were opened up to the real workings, when she is unfairly dismissed. Seeing her come to the realisation that the company she has placed all her trust in, and devoted her life to has not been worthy of it, was really exciting, and I loved seeing how she developed throughout the course of the novel, and how she formed such meaningful relationships with her new colleagues, compared to her old ones. Her sweet, and desperate character was brilliantly contrasted by Ivy, who was just as exciting to see develop, especially when we see the differences that having supportive friends around can have on the overall outcome of their story arc.
And Felix…what can I say about Felix other than that he is the best. *fans self* Kind of in love with him. OK, a lot in love with him!
5+ stars for this amazing book. This is an all-time favourite of mine, and I know that adults and young-adults alike will fall in love with Marla’s story as much as I did!
*Review copy kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Available May 5th