Material Girls by Elaine DimopoulosMaterial Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos

Material Girls

byElaine Dimopoulos

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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Divergent meets Project Runway in this insightful novel that takes on our current youth culture of celebrity, fashion, and trends and turns it on its head. "Sly, subversive fun." - Kirkus Reviews
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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. When they come together to create their own subversive trend, will they be able to resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?
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Elaine Dimopoulos  is a graduate of Yale, Columbia, and Simmons College, where she earned an MFA in writing for children. Currently, she teaches children's literature at Boston University and is also an instructor for Grub Street. She served as the Associates of the Boston Public Library's Children's writer-in-residence, during whi...
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Title:Material GirlsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544671732

ISBN - 13:9780544671737

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Material Girls I rarely felt as emotionally engaged as I wanted to be, I enjoyed the fashion though, and I thought it had some interesting things to say about social status and social injustices. #plumreview I received this through a giveaway.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from (Don't) stay young! In a world where teens and tweens are the deciders of what is trendy in fashion and entertainment, Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde are queens. They are amongst the privileged few, admired and envied. However they are both nearing 17, and getting closer to being over the hill. MATERIAL GIRLS is a biting, and at times hilarious, satire on our society’s obsession with youth and trendiness, but it is also much more than that. It is also about growing up and staying true to yourself, and fighting for what you believe. Marla and Ivy are very interesting characters, and for once very believable teenagers; all the characters are very genuine, and none of the usual stereotype is to be found, which is a feat in itself. I felt the first half of MATERIAL GIRLS is much, much, much better than the blurb leads to believe. Ms. Dimopoulos’ writing is simply dazzling in its evocative simplicity and wonderfully imaginative imagery. The author creates a world that is vivid with fabulously creative gadgetry and terminology. I also very much appreciated that she practices what she preaches, in that there is NOT ONE brand name mentioned. However I thought the second half of MATERIAL GIRLS felt a bit predictable, if not a trifle preachy but the cause is right so I won’t complain, especially since the ending surprised me quite a bit. Regardless of my qualms about the second half, minus the fabulous conclusion, MATERIAL GIRLS fully deserves 5 full stars because of the brilliance, and dare I say, genius of the first half. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Elaine Dimopoulos in the future!
Date published: 2015-05-05

Editorial Reviews

Through its likable characters, sly humor, and smart, fast-moving plot, this entertaining debut raises serious questions about the costs of disposable fashion and pursuit of celebrity, asking readers to ponder who's driving the bus. Sly, subversive fun." -Kirkus "Consumerism and fashion trends strike at the heart of this novel? Material Girls might make teens take a look at their wardrobe, but more importantly, they might reconsider their consumer footprint." -VOYA "A book that should make kids think about many things, especially how the culture tries to manipulate them." -Booklist " Project Runway, step aside. Material Girls is a captivating and fast-paced ride where teens control the economy by deciding what's in and what's out. Or maybe they just think they do." -Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times best-selling author of The Testing trilogy "