Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos
Material Girls is written in dual perspective and alternating chapters. The first is of Marla, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been "tapped" to one of the top fashion designers and gets to decide which trends are released and which are sent back to the drafters in the basement to be redesigned. The other perspective is Ivy Wilde, a famous pop singer who is desperate to stay relevant and will do anything to remain top dog.
The world in which Material Girls is set is a fascinating one. Teenagers, once they reach the ripe age of thirteen are "tapped" into one of the creative industries to take high-powered jobs and become influencers of culture. Instead of living an ordinary school life, these teenagers enter the working world and take on the responsibility of being trendsetters to ensure the "silents" remain rich. Whilst both girls have jobs that are highly lusted after and are at the top of their fields, they're pawns in a strictly controlled game and are easily replaceable, despite what they'd like to believe. I expected this book to have a lot more fluff, but it actually contained a lot of layers and a lot of important messages that I enjoyed learning. The concept of this book is perhaps one of my favourite aspects of it, as it was so unique but still held relevance to society today. The two main characters in this book were perfect for their roles, both seeming shallow and egocentric in the beginning, they both evolved in very different ways throughout the book and the ending wasn't too surprising.
I really enjoyed reading this book and will be buying a paperback copy as soon as the book comes out. I would definitely recommend reading this book if you're interested in fashion, pop culture, or just good YA writing.
This review was originally posted on Blogger's Bookshelf