Title: Material Girls
Author: Elaine Dimopoulos
Recommended for: Grades 4-8
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION DIMOPOULOS
Synopsis: 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?
I enjoyed ‘Material Girls’, it’s a different take on they dystopian genre. There’s no meteor strikes, rising oceans, or police state. Society is controlled through social media and consumerism, especially clothing. As a trend setter, Marla must scan the bar codes of everything she puts on in the morning to make sure it hasn’t gone out of style overnight. She begins have trouble at work because she stops recommending the strange and impractical clothing the company wants to promote. Both she and Ivy, the other main character, start to see how they’re being used to keep people buying impractical fashions that they don’t need. The ending let me down a little. How can getting people to buy even more clothing, even if it is ‘eco-chic’ stop rampant consumerism?