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The Clique [Kindle Edition]

Lisi Harrison
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (420 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls' school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you'd give anything to be just like her.

Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins Diet shakes.

Alicia Rivera: As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so "sweet." Would love to take Massie's throne one day. Just might.

Kristen Gregory: She's smart, hardworking, and will insult you to tears faster than you can say "my haircut isn't ugly!"

Enter Claire Lyons, the new girls from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is clearly not Clique material. Unfortunately for her, Claire's family is staying in the guesthouse on Massie's family's huge estate while they look for a new home. Claire's future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19. . . .

The Clique . . . the only thing harder than getting in is staying in.




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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8–Claire Lyons moves with her parents from Florida to wealthy Westchester County, NY. Until they can get settled, the family stays in the guest house of Mr. Lyons's college buddy, who happens to have a daughter who is also in seventh grade. Expected to welcome her, Massie instead chooses to make Claire's life miserable for no other reason than she's the new girl. Massie enlists her clique of friends at Octavian Country Day School, all part of the beautiful and popular crowd, to help with the harassment, which ranges from catty comments on Claire's clothes to spilling red paint on her white jeans in a conspicuous spot. Tired of it all, Claire tries to fight back, but then the abuse worsens. The book has trendy references kids will love, including Starbucks in the school, designer clothes, and PalmPilots for list making. However, this trendiness doesn't make up for the shallowness of the characters or the one-dimensional plot. Nor is the cruelty of the clique redeemed with any sort of a satisfying ending. The conclusion leaves one with the feeling that a sequel is in the works. Amy Goldman Koss's The Girls (Dial, 2000) shows the same cruelty of girls with a more realistic story and resolution.–Diana Pierce, Running Brushy Middle School, Cedar Park, TX
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Gr. 5-8. Head-to-toe Calvin Klein is in. So is Ralph Lauren. Burberry is so out. And as for Claire's platform navy Keds and two-year-old, white Gap jeans--doesn't she know that clothes are like milk or cheese with a "best-before date" and a limited shelf life? Claire is clueless when she enters seventh grade, a newcomer and total outsider when it comes to [...] Massie's friends at an exclusive private girls' school. Massie leads her clique in humiliating [Claire] (including splashing those jeans with red paint to make it look like Claire has her period), and the instant messaging is very mean. It's also hilarious, especially because the viewpoints switch between the two [girls] and Claire gets her revenge--sort of. There's too much detail about how the superwealthy live, but Harrison, who writes for MTV, knows peer pressure, and her first novel has fun with the tyranny of brand names ("she was wearing . . ." is a constant). Buy this quickly, though, because the very specifics that teens will recognize will be "so out" before the year is over. Hazel Rochman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy (August 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001D08CUG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Approach With Caution July 5, 2005
By Juliet
Format:Paperback
Reading is like magic, you get sucked into the book. This book in really well written, interesting, and some parts are funny. However, when you put the book down to go to dinner and you take another look at your un-manicured nails and your limited clothes selection, it makes you dissapointed. Massie Block, Dylan Marvil, and Alicia Rivera live the lives of the rich. When I first put the book down for a break my mind was thinking, "Wow, Claire is really poor and dorky" and then I remembered the fact that I own Keds, I shop at the GAP, and I only throw clothes away when they get stained or don't fit me. The book made me feel bad about the fact that my favorite shirt is my one of only 3 Abercrombie & Fitch shirts because it was a little too pricy. I know that as a teen (which I am) these books can be fun to read because when you are reading it and it focuses on Massie, you feel like you are in her shoes. The book was good, really, but approach with caution.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mean spirited Collection January 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
We purchased the Clique collection for our daughter for Christmas because she loves to read and asked us specifically for this series of books. Two weeks later we received a school detention for our daughter from the principal stating that our daughter had called someone a LBR. Guess where she learned that. See the first page of "It's Not Easy to Be Mean",(What does that title tell you)? LBR means, Loser Beyond Repair.
These books are mean spirited, snobbish, name dropping, and petty, and if there is any type of lesson to be learned, (at least a valuable one), I could not find it. I threw every one of them out. Do not buy your children these books unless you want them to turn out like mindless twits.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By ZigZag
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book one afternoon while bored and in want of some mindless entertainment. While it offered little to no entertainment I found that it had mindlessness in droves. But it wasn't the bland writing or the cliched and recycled plot that most bothered me. Instead, when I finished the book less than an hour after starting it I was dazed and disturbed. Is this actually the way Ms. Harrison wants to portray preteen girls.

Simply put the titular clique is a quartet of the most selfish and manipulative female characters possibly ever penned on paper.

The basic plot of the book is that Hollywood Homely and middle class Claire Lyons moves into the guest house of rich, spoiled queen bee Massie. Massie hates Claire before they even meet because her parents are making her miss out on shopping with her friends in order to welcome their guests into their home. The Lyons continue to affront and insult Massie by dressing in non-brand name clothes and giving her a gift of a gold charm for her charm bracelet instead of a silver one. Massie's parents order her to be nice to Claire in school because she's new and might want some friends. Massie responds as any rational human being with a shred of unselfishness would and throws a temper tantrum and decides to ruin Claire's life. She forces Claire to sit in the trunk of her limo and leaves her there when they get to school and put red paint on the back of her pants so people think she got her period. And how does Claire respond? By trying harder and harder to get into Massie's good graces. In the end she is rewarded for her efforts and Massie grudgingly invites her into her exclusive club.

The character's self-centeredness and lack of respect or concern for anyone who doesn't have a platinum card is astounding.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mom's Review May 31, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book, "The Clique", overall is a charming story about tweens ganging up on the "new girl" who is less fortunate than these upper crust Westchester snobs. Even the cover should give away some information about the story since its bearing the classic Burberry print.
However, I didn't think that the 7th grade girls were portrayed accurately. I don't think any 7th grader would act that mature. I know because my daughter goes to a New York City all-girls private school. I read this book because I wanted to learn more about how girls interacted with each other this day in age. I chose this book because it seemed the most appealing the time. When I finished this book my daughter found it, read it, and told me it was mixture of: Gossip Girl (how money, wealth, and designers are incorporated) + Mean Girls (how the girls acted and the strategies they used against each other) + lastly, the A-List & the sequel Girls on Film (the insecurites of the girls and wealth).
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Clique" and Clash May 12, 2004
Format:Paperback
Lisi Harrison's debut novel introduces us to THE CLIQUE - a quartet of popular girls attending private school in New York. These girls are wise (and rich) beyond their twelve years, valuing their designer clothes, sparkling homes, and precious cell phones above all else. At the top of the clique is Massie, a girl whose room is modeled after an all-white posh hotel suite.

When her father's longtime friend has a stroke of bad luck, Massie's dad lets his friend, his friend's wife and his daughter stay in the guesthouse. This girl may be Massie's peer and new classmate, but, since she is clad in overalls and Keds, Massie is reluctant to make friends.

What follows is a somewhat predictable but squeaky clean story, appropriate for middle grades to read. Think a G-rated version of Gossip Girl: money talks, clothes matter, but friendship and backstabbing are the main issues instead of dating and, ahem, other more adult things. In other words, if you like the movie Mean Girls, you'll like this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Ghastly book, on every level
I wanted something light to read on a stifling summer day and found this on my shelf, for some reason. NO idea how it got there. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kid Review
Worst book ever. This is the stuff that makes many students cry. This book promoted bullying at my school
Published 28 days ago by Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Very fun but easy read. It was a great book and I am moving right along to the next one. Can't wait to see what happens with Massie and Claire:) I hope everyone enjoys it as much... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, but almost every page is completely mean
The Clique consists of Massie Block, Dylan Marvil, Alicia Rivera, & Kristen Gregory who are all rich snobs (in this book). I'm on book 7 right now, It's Not Easy Being Mean. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katie Shay
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad example My friend read this and turned on me and treated me like...
My friend and I read this in 6th grade (I'm now in 10th) and my friend told me to read the book and I did and she wanted to be massie and she would bullie me like massie did and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nathalie
4.0 out of 5 stars great teen novel
Speaks very closely to the struggles of young teen relationships. Recommend to anyone who works with teenagers. It's getting worse but this is a start to understanding
Published 2 months ago by Kaboyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This novel explains basically my life! It's a great book. And I will continue reading all the books! It's just that interesting
Published 3 months ago by Luv-katyperry
4.0 out of 5 stars The Clique
The book is all that was expected and very clear to read and understand for my daughter. I would recommend!
Published 4 months ago by Tamisha Wiley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
So entertaining and realistic. I love it. I'm definitely going to read the whole series. I highly suggest this book.
Published 4 months ago by Elsie Vega
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I would recommend this book for preteens and young adults. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Massie and Claire made up. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amy C Delgado
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Lisi Harrison is the author of the Clique, Alphas, and Monster High series. She was senior director of Development at MTV and also served as head writer for MTV Productions. She is currently pretending to work on her next novel.
Lisi lives in Laguna Beach, California.

She posts a new blog every Wednesday at LisiHarrison.com

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no its not real lisi harrison said that in the Q and A in the back of the lasr book, its not easy being mean
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