Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Clique

Title: The Clique
Author: Lisi Harrison
Primary Audience/age group: 9-12 yr./5th - 8th grade
Genre: YA Chick Lit
# of pages: 220 pages
Year of Release: 2004
Part of a Series: Yes
Rating: 3 (View Scale)
Description: The social minefields most privileged middle-school girls drive the over-the-top drama in this addictive new book, set in suburban New York City's Westchester County. Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and Whitestrip smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day, an exclusive private school in Westchester, New York. Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins shakes to try to get rid of the extra fifteen pounds that won't seem to leave her hips alone. 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 do it. Kristen Gregory: She's been dying to fit in ever since her parents went broke. She's smart, hardworking and will insult you to tears faster than you can say 'scholarship kid.' And then there's Claire Lyons, the new girl in two-year old GAP overalls from Florida, who is clearly not Clique material. The only problem is that Claire's family is staying in the guest house on the Blocks' massive 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 Mademoiselle....
Review: The Clique is a middle school version of "The A-List" or "Mean Girls". The girls are all very mean, even to each other. They are fashion/label obsessed - wearing $400 t-shirts! They make fun of kids who wear Keds (I love my Keds!). Even the outsider, the "good girl" becomes mean and does wrong things to try to get into the "in" crowd and become like the popular girls. The girls are boy obsessed and already plotting on how to pick up a high school boy. I found nothing in this book that would warrant me even considering to let my daughter ever read this book.
Rating: 3 for meanness, rudeness, unacceptable behavior
Spiritual Elements: None
Violence: Flat-out meanness to peers
Language: The girls take the Lord's name in vain several times.
Sexual Content: The girls are boy crazy and are into making out.
Other: The parents of one of the girls get drunk at a party.
Recommendation: I asked my middle school son what the girls in his school are reading. He told me he had seen this series around. My suggestion is to keep your daughters away from these books. There are so many better books out there - there is no reason to mess with these. The girls are SO MEAN! Even the "good girl" wants to be a part of the "in" crowd. She turns mean to get back at the popular girls and get some of the clique to like her. They stress the outward appearance of people, making fun of them if they wear anything from The Gap - or clothes that are designer labels. My daughter knows nothing about the world described in this book - and I plan on keeping it that way as long as I can!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

no; you are sooo wrong about this book; it is a great book and i shows young readers that they shouldnt follow there examples because they should just know better.

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Christina said...

Great post!
Did people ever wonder why the innocence of today's generation is gone? It's because of books and movies like these. No way...
With books like the A-List, Gossip Girls, and these... no wonder this world is a mess!
One more thing... for kids that are wanting books like these, I'd stear them into ANY of Melody Carlson's fiction series! Great author!

Anonymous said...

You are COMPLETELY right! The books never ended with a good moral ending...it continued on with no real consiquences... All it will do is make young girls want to make up cliques..and cliques are only about leaving people out. Dont be fooled, it teaches no good at all...its interesting to read but not for impressionalble young girls.

Anonymous said...

i luv the Clique books and they show not to follow their example I'm nice and don't make fun of other people and I read those books.

Anonymous said...

I happened to see a glimpse of this book and the sexual innuendos in this book are ridiculous. From the 5 pages that I read I can already tell that this is not good material for a young girl's impressionable mind. Everything these girls do revolves around their boy interest. If you want to raise a respectable young lady I suggest you stay away from this book series.

Michelle said...

Great post. My neighbor has these books so since she is 13 and my son is 13 I decided to read one of them. They are written for kids but are adult content. They put ideas in our young generation's mind that do not need to be there. There is nothing Christian about how these girls live their lives.
What was even WORSE was my neighbor had about 4 books from the series Gossip Girl. Those books are just TERRIBLE and I would not let my kids' even read one page.

Anonymous said...

I think this series is appropriate, as long as your child knows that this is not real and the girls seem overly matured. In the other books, there are some religious connections. The leader, Massie's mother Kendra seems to disapprove of anything that goes against the Christian religion, and eventually Massie does lose her friends because of what she has done. Of course there's a happy ending and they make up.

Anonymous said...

i am 13 and have read every one of these books. the content is not adult. this kinda thing happens at middle schools all across the country. (except maybe the designer clothes). and not every girl is going to act like the characters in the book!

Anonymous said...

In the fourth grade I started reading this series. I got into other series like this in fifth grade. I read them religiously until recently. I'm in eigth grade and non-religious. The characters in this series became my role models and made me into a terrible person. I spread rumors, would gossip, make fun of kids who wore cheap clothes. I was even boy crazy, with 13 boy friends in the past three years ( I have kissed none of them:D) but these books are awful to young girls and teach nothing good! Don't let your daughters read them!

Anonymous said...

These books are not good influences for young girls although massive groups of kids are obsessive over this type of book. The reason why kids read books like this are so that they can understand and figure out "adult content" that they don't need to know but feel they should. I'm an eleven year old girl and have read multiple Clique books although I do not read them anymore because of how materialistic the books are and the negative impacts they've on society. Although I do go to a prestigious private school so I'm used to the clothes thing (I think it's ridiculous when people talk about there clothes) even though I do own an expensive wardrobe. When people ask me where I got something and it is from an expensive boutique, I just say my grandma got it for me. Anyways the stuff that goes on in the books is TRUE, this happens at all schools and it is not avoidable for parents. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

I read the first book. In my opinion, it was not the best book ever written. The language was too juvenile, and the characters were so mean and snobby that I was confused over who was the protagonist and who wasn't. We're supposed to be able to relate to them, but their behavior and personalities make that close to impossible

Anonymous said...

I think that reading all these comments are kind of sad. I personally read this book, and i thought it was amazing. It may be a little mature at times but never has been dull. Its a GREAT book and the author Lisi Harrison is AMAZING

Anonymous said...

I agree with the person who posted above me. I have read the entire series, and while there is some content that is slightly mature, I found the series to actually be funny. What I mean is that I found the fact that these girls are so superficial to be entertaining. Also, I've realized that there are very few (in fact almost no) pre teen girls who live/act this way. Keep an open mind.

Anonymous said...

These books aren't that bad. The other books talk about friendship and life. Besides the rudeness and other mean stuff, these books are addicting and cool, I mean some girls would go through a Massie phase and believe me I did, but I got over it and thought about how Massie isn't really all that.