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YA Book to Look Out For: MATERIAL GIRLS by Elaine Dimopoulos

Hi all! This week I wanted to plug a book by one of my very good friends, Elaine Dimopoulos. Elaine and I are writing buddies, which means once a week, every week we sit at a cafe together and write (except for, you know, if one of us has a baby or something). We’ve both had our shares of ups and downs in our writing lives and our personal lives, so we take some time to talk about it and encourage each other, but mostly we sit together and write. If you are a writer, I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have someone to just sit there with you and tell you to keep going even when you don’t feel like writing.

Anyway, Elaine’s book is finally coming out this spring! Material Girls is Project Runway meets Nashville meets intelligent YA dystopia. There are so many incredible characters and meaty themes in this, and I absolutely love Elaine’s lush writing and satisfying world-building.

Here’s the premise (from the publisher’s website):

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?

Sounds great right?

You can pre-order on Amazon or at your local independent bookseller. Pre-ordering is great for authors because when a book gets a lot of pre-orders, it makes people sit up and take notice.

The book doesn’t come out until May, so expect another reminder blog/facebook/twitter post a little closer to the release date.

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