Synopses & Reviews
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?
"Through its likable characters, sly humor, and smart, fast-moving plot, this entertaining debut raises serious questions about the costs of disposable fashion and pursuit of celebrity, asking readers to ponder who's driving the bus. Sly, subversive fun."
"Consumerism and fashion trends strike at the heart of this novel...Material Girls might make teens take a look at their wardrobe, but more importantly, they might reconsider their consumer footprint."
"A book that should make kids think about many things, especially how the culture tries to manipulate them."
“Project Runway, step aside. Material Girls is a captivating and fast-paced ride where teens control the economy by deciding what’s in and what’s out. Or maybe they just think they do.”
—Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times best-selling author of The Testing trilogy
Project Runway meets Divergent in this insightful young adult novel that looks at fashion and consumerism in a world where children are the gatekeepers of culture and staying young and trendy are the keys to success.
About the Author
Elaine Dimopoulos is a graduate of Yale, Columbia, and, Simmons College, where she earned an M.F.A. in Writing for Children. Currently, she teaches children's literature at Boston University and is also an instructor for Grub Street. She served as the Associates of the Boston Public Library's Children's Writer-in-Residence during which time she wrote Material Girls.