Review: Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos

Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian

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?
   Whenever I imagine dystopians, I think more District 12 than Capitol. I've come to expect grit and destruction. But Material Girls gave me the opposite. It's a scary inflation of the world we live in today. There's a huge emphasis on consumerism and celebrity. I think that makes Material Girls scarier than a doom and gloom dystopian. It had a chord of reality that hit close to home.

  Material Girls is told from two point of views, and I loved it. Both voices, Marla and Ivy, were very distinct and offered a deep insight into the world of Material Girls. Marla was easily my favorite, but that's not much of a surprise. She faces some very hard circumstances in this book, and I loved the way she handled them. She stayed true to herself. I liked Ivy well enough, but I felt a lot of pity for her. I felt like she was in over her head, but I respected her little efforts to send a big f- you to the system! Life is constantly speeding by and can leave either of them behind in its wake without warning. Talk about edge of your seat reading!

  The fashion houses that rule in Material Girls made me so angry. I hated the way that they treated people as disposable. It left me feeling so unsettled. Elaine Dimopoulos paints a sweeping picture of the pitfalls of consumerism and forces the reader to think about the moral implications without being heavy handed.

Material Girls is a fast paced read that I could not step away from. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time! The world that the author creates is as much a cautionary tale about the woes of consumerism as it is entertaining. Fashion lovers and readers alike will find a thrilling story in the pages of Material Girls!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.


  1. I'm so glad you liked it! I've been reading rather mixed reviews on this book but I really hoped that it wouldn't be ALL bad! It does sound really interesting... I'll have to read it sometime! Great review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  2. I'd never ever ever heard of this book until I saw your post! It sounds really interesting, and dystopian fiction is my favorite genre, besides I've read a lot of awful dystopians lately, so I guess if I don't like it it's not a great loss!

  3. This sounds like something I would really like. Knowing that it hit so close to home as well makes me interested because usually dystopian books don't do that for me. I also think I would like the characters here as well.


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