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The Clique [Kindle Edition]

Lisi Harrison
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 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

Product Details

  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy (August 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001D08CUG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Approach With Caution July 5, 2005
By Juliet
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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mean spirited Collection January 21, 2011
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but unrealistic August 5, 2005
I read this book, and it kept my attention, but it is very unrealistic in my opinion. There are very few schools in the US with a Starbucks inside it, and the girls are VERY cruel to the girl that moves to Massie's mansion. I don't know many girls that would leave someone out like they do because they don't own a Gucci shirt or a bottle of Chanel fragrance. I don't think it's a good influence on the age girls it's written for, as it could give them the idea that they have to own designer outfits, accessories, and cosmetics in order to be able to fit in, or worse, even treat other people wrong because they don't own this stuff. Again, it is pretty interesting when you begin to read it, but it's cruel in many parts and unrealistic.
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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
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
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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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No redeeming qualities March 31, 2008
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Unfortunately these books celebrate the worst in our socieity. Consumerism and shallowness run rampant. The characters in these books have party planners and limos; they lose their Gucci wallets when they switch from their Prada bag to their Vitton bag. They believe they have absolute authority to judge others. I could accept these books if the characters would experience some type of growth or epiphany at the conclusion, but they just go on to spread more hate and discontent. These books condone and encourage in worst in our society. The author clearly cares only for increasing her balance sheet and not at all for her readers.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What I don't get... April 24, 2006
My friend recommended me this book and said "This is the best book ever!! You HAVE to read it!" Literally. She said those words. I am now proving her wrong.

Okay... So... Why would Lisi Harrison even consider writing such a ghastly book? Now don't say that this is the work of fiction. Well, it is, but I've been reading the reviews here and some kids are saying that this "totally" relates to them! Ehmagod!! Now... Why would a "12-13" year-old girl be obsessed with high heels, halter tops, wahat suimsuits to wear, or if that mini skirt looks totally "fab" on them? Do they even care about their schooling? And how about those parents of theirs? THEY are the ones who are "dishing out the dough" to their daughters to buy these totally inappropriate clothes for their daughters!

Parents... Would you like to have your daughter be obsessed with clothes, and having tantrums over you not buying clothes for them that they really don't need?

And also, this is an ABSURD fantasy world! This is so giving the wrong idea to people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Amy C Delgado
5.0 out of 5 stars The clique
It was super good and funny I am extremely excited to read the next book!!!!
Lisa did it and I love the movie
Published 2 months ago by Mary Turke
4.0 out of 5 stars the Clique is a great book representing how the female teenage mind...
I love how this book is so descriptive and the intense drama won't let you put the book down. The ending of this book is well thought of and hopeful.
Published 3 months ago by Patrick N. Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome,but not as good as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books
its actually pretty addicting i love the series, if lisi harrison writes another book, ill definitely read it. i have an idea for a title, Jealousy is the Best Policy
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Ma
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Guilty Pleasure Read
The first thing I'll say is approach these books with caution. I do not recommend them for young girls, despite what the back of the book says. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great book for she's 8-14. Next book is a must read! Easy to read and I finished it in 1 school day!
Published 6 months ago by katie lorraine christan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great couldn't put it down
I thought it was awesome and I bought the next one the second I finished an d so far that ones good to but you never know there might just be twist in that one to but I don't want... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kelly Coyle
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
IT WAS GREAT. I loved it ! I would definitely read it again ! I might read the rest of them !
Published 8 months ago by MADELINE
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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

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