Monday, May 11, 2015

[Book Review] Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos

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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?

Material Girls is a Dystopian novel that features a world where thirteen year olds get "tapped" which determines what will the rest of their life look like. Arty type rule the world. Designers, programmers, video game buffs, musicians - all of these are more creative fields are what determines what is cool. 

The story itself jumps from two POVs - Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde. Marla has worked for one of the Top 5 Design Houses that determined what trends would be popular. Being on the Court, she had the ability to pick and choose what was in style until she was sent to the Basement to join the drafters. Ivy is a signer, a pop-star who has to put together a front to show people that she is "Wild" until she is so sick and fed up with everything, she wants to be her own person. But she has to behave if she wants to be the number one star out there. 

When Marla's and Ivy's paths intertwined, they start working towards a protest that eliminates trends and makes the whole world that everyone knows, disappear. Of course, the "Fashion Revolution" is a lot harder than they thought they would be but with the right system and people by the side, something might happen at the end. 

I really did like the book. Although it reminded me a little big of Project Runway, the book wasn't too overwhelmed on the fashion itself but the Dystopia and the rebellion which I appreciated. Really wish it was a little bit faster but overall, I really liked the world building and the story.