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    (Don't) stay young!

    In a world where teens and tweens are the deciders of what is trendy in fashion and entertainment, Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde are queens. They are amongst the privileged few, admired and envied. However they are both nearing 17, and getting closer to being over the hill. MATERIAL GIRLS is a biting, and at times hilarious, satire on our society’s obsession with youth and trendiness, but it is also much more than that. It is also about growing up and staying true to yourself, and fighting for what you believe. Marla and Ivy are very interesting characters, and for once very believable teenagers; all the characters are very genuine, and none of the usual stereotype is to be found, which is a feat in itself. I felt the first half of MATERIAL GIRLS is much, much, much better than the blurb leads to believe. Ms. Dimopoulos’ writing is simply dazzling in its evocative simplicity and wonderfully imaginative imagery. The author creates a world that is vivid with fabulously creative gadgetry and terminology. I also very much appreciated that she practices what she preaches, in that there is NOT ONE brand name mentioned. However I thought the second half of MATERIAL GIRLS felt a bit predictable, if not a trifle preachy but the cause is right so I won’t complain, especially since the ending surprised me quite a bit. Regardless of my qualms about the second half, minus the fabulous conclusion, MATERIAL GIRLS fully deserves 5 full stars because of the brilliance, and dare I say, genius of the first half. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Elaine Dimopoulos in the future!

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