Another in that pile of “I’ve had it too long and now have missed all reasonable expectations” with apologies to Elaine Dimopoulos for the delayed review of
Intrigued by the premise, I think this is a story that holds far more appeal to readers that have aged out of the YA genre. A touch of political commentary on the “state of kids” today, rampant consumerism and the rather go and get at them culture, now much lamented by anyone who has looked at internet comments.
Where the book failed me a bit was also in this political commentary, the rampant consumerism, the ability of Maria and Ivy and their seeming inability to extricate themselves from much of the on again / off again pronouncements. While I did think they were well voiced, developed and felt real and appropriate, the access they were granted (although I look at the kardashian’s and think famous for nothing – no real talent) seemed a bit convenient and far fetched.
An interesting story that kept me intrigued, but didn’t have me rushing to get back to the next page.
Title: Material Girls
Author: Elaine Dimopoulos
Genre: Contemporary YA Fiction, Teen Reads
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published on: May 10th 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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. 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?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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