The Clique

3.5
Mean Girls meets Middle School in The Clique ... The las thing harder than getting in, is staying in.

Enter Claire Lyons, the new irl from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is learly not Clique material. Unfortunately for her, while they look for a new home, Claire 's family is staying in the guesthouse of the one and only Massie Block -- Queen Bee of Octavian Country Day School. Claire 's future looks worse than th bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19.

Meet the rest of the Clique:

Massie Block- With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the whol of the politica scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls' school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you 'd ive nything 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 ight.

Kristen Gregory- She 's smart, carin, and will insult you to tears faster than you an say " my haircut is n't ugly!
Year of the Publication
Available Languages
Number of Pages
220
Original Title of the Book
The Clique (The Clique, #1)
Publication Date
Published May 5th 2004 by Little, Brown (first published May 1st 2004

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Both books talk about a 12-year-old, clothing obessed girl named Massie who lives in Westchester, New York ( totally rich!) and decides to an all girls school where she heads the population of the 7th grade along with her 3 best friends.

One day a middle class sweet girl named Claire moves in with Massie and she is persuaded to hang around her.

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I am writing a review s as part of the middle-school audience this book is argeted towards, but as an indignant college student looking back on th bestsellin series that may ( hopefully ye) have influenced my eighth-grade perceptions.

Our characte, Claire, is depicted as a normal girl; she migh ot afford the$ 780 tank tops that members of the clique wear.

( Why anyone would wear a$ 780 tank top to middle school is far beyond me.) Instead, the irls in the clique do n't accept Claire, and she is bullied and tormented by them.

he young, omewhat naive middle school irls who read hese books, rather than eeing the clique as a group of shallow ( excuse my language) bitches, aspired to be like them.

If I remember correctly, Alicia had just moved from Spain, and aid something in Spanish, to which Massie replied something to the effect of " it takes her time to remember she 's American. " This leaves readers with the impression ( at least it left eighth-grade me with the impression) that expressing one 's ethnic identity is somehow " uncool. " It old me that " cool " was confined to one specific mold: thin, rich, and blac.

In final throwback to your books, I 'd like to see myself as the pre-clique Claire, the one that nly has one pair of shoe.

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Miss Harrison crafts a settin of 4 wealthy, airheaded sluts, and instea adds in a woma who is an outcast for wearing Keds ( WTF?) and eventually sells her soul so she does n't ave to suffer the major emotional trauma of being made fun of sometimes ( I repeat, WTF?!).

In terms of being unable to contribute to the main haracters, Massie makes Regina George in Mean Girls look like Bella Swan.

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( I 've read a couple books from he series so this is n't actuall a review on thi next fiftee.) I admit that th ook is appealing, watching girls throw around their money without a second thought about the starving kids in Africa ( yes I realize that somethin 's tired of the wor but it 's true, and not a visit to a hird world country can make you realis that.)- but that 's all I an certainl get from it.

1. Great detail that can make the reader a sharp and vivid image in their minds and a series of twist and turns to keep them interested, but in the nd, it all just comes down to pretty, popular, rich girls whose only goals in life is to date the cute boys, and take trips to the mall every.

Even here 's the borderline between the two- " Mean Girls " actually had a POINT and a MORAL.

But hen again, I 've really been into materialism so it 's ard for me to nderstand why th irl would only think of " Chanel.

Designer. " ( Makes me wonder what their grades are in colleg.) But then again, they 're middle schoolers, and they come from wealthy families, so no wonder they do n't eally hink about their futures.

Clique is also th bad influence for middle schoolers, which I understand is the main group of people he book is aiming to interest.

Guess how many people in world do n't often B a place to call home?

But I hope that in the beginnin, " Kuh-laire " will realize what a bunch of losers her so called " friends " are and will gain a lot more self-confidence ( after LEAVING them and their stupid club!) ( PS- In case you were wondering, I numbered the paragraphs to show my different points.

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Thus, if you like reading about girls who have lots of money who scheme behind each others backs, this ook ould be perfect for you.

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No- we 're just left with the impression that if she works hard enough, maybe she 'll be ble to et in the clique.

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