Non-Spoiler Review: Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos

Monday, April 6, 2015

Material Girls

Author: Elaine Dimopoulos
Pages: 336
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publishing on: May 5th 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?

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I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. None of my opinions are altered by that.

As much as I wish this book have been better, it was still not that bad. The only thing I thought was it lacked a strong climax. Now don't get me wrong, there was definitely a plot but the climax seemed to be just another event leading up to the climax. Other than that I thought the author did a great job with this book.

The world that Material Girls take place in is pretty cool and I would basically say it's a Utopia. Even though there are a good amount of unfairness and problems in this world, it definitely pulls off the facade of a Utopia. I am amazed at how serious they are about fashion and trends; They have gadgets to check if clothing is still in style. We have trends and different style phases, but it definitely cannot be checked by a gadget. Also, the way you get your job is a very interesting way and how they address their parents is weird too...
Sneaking acohol into a Saltimbocca glass was as high on the obsoloser scale as calling your parents "Mom" and "Dad." -Material Girls

So about the climax. It was there but I felt like it was too small of one; It was too weak. The climax of a book is sometimes a huge 10 page battle or a 3 page love confession. This one kind of lasted for about 2 pages and was kind of boring. I think this is just a personal problem because I am always up for some action in books. There was barely any in the action and there wasn't enough of it to satisfy me.

Even if the climax bummed be out a bit I really liked the characters. This book is written in dual perspective and I think that saved this book a bit. (Along with the setting of this book) Marla and Ivy are two very different people but somehow they were able to come together. Them coming together is actually a pretty important event that lead up to the climax and I'm actually kind of disappointed they didn't spend as much time together in the book as I wished.

I have this book 4 stars because even if it lacked a good climax, I loved the world and characters.