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!