The Clique (The Clique #1)

The Clique (The Clique #1)

Hot
 
3.0
 
4.3 (82)
18036   0
Write Review
The Clique (The Clique #1)
Author(s)
Age Range
10+
Release Date
May 05, 2004
ISBN
0316701297
Buy This Book
      
Claire Lyons is the new girl at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private school in Westchester County, New York. But Claire is totally unprepared for the social (and fashion) demands of her new classmates. To make matters worse, Claire's family is living in the guesthouse of one Massie Block, the queen supreme of her new school And Massie couldn't be less thrilled with the new squatter on her family's estate. Does Claire have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the "it" girl in her school?

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0  (1)
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A  (0)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

Clique and Clash

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.

Was this review helpful to you? 

User reviews

82 reviews

 
(48)
 
(19)
 
(10)
2 stars
 
(0)
 
(5)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Already have an account? or Create an account
View all reviews View most helpful
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

most realistic

This is the most realistic book about girls in middle school I have ever read.
it gets how girls go after each other,popularity,boys,puberty,and the lower,middle,and high class people.
Lisi Harrison gets how girls go after each other, and of course, the clothing brands and how it interprets with a girls popularity!

Good Points
Very realistic!
Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Great!

I read this way back when, in middle school probably, at the pressure of my friends. I finally gave in and borrowed the book from one of them. I don't know if it was the mean, horrible girls or that I wanted to be in Dylan's position, but I read through this story every second I could get at lightning speed. I like this book, and the other books in this series are just as great. I think I stopped reading after book 5, but I'm sure they are just as good!

Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

A Great Book

Reader reviewed by Elizabeth

This book is a great story about a "clique" or a group of friends. Massie, the leader of the clique's, dad invites friends of his come to stay in their guest house until they can purchase a house of their own. They come along with their daughter Claire. She tries to become friends with Massie, but Massie judges her right away and decides that they can never be friends. However, Claire still hangs out with Massie and her friends Kristen, Alicia, and Dylan who all act as if they hate Claire just to please Massie. Claire realizes this and decides to simply move on. But its not easy to ignore Massie Block...

This is a great story and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is a book for girls in 5th-8th grade who love books that contain drama, back stabbing, or anything else that happens in the world of teenage girls. It was a story that I highly enjoyed because it seemed so real and I was able to imagine every event as if it was happening right before my eyes.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

A Great Book

Reader reviewed by Elizabeth

This book is a great story about a "clique" or a group of friends. Massie, the leader of the clique's, dad invites friends of his come to stay in their guest house until they can purchase a house of their own. They come along with their daughter Claire. She tries to become friends with Massie, but Massie judges her right away and decides that they can never be friends. However, Claire still hangs out with Massie and her friends Kristen, Alicia, and Dylan who all act as if they hate Claire just to please Massie. Claire realizes this and decides to simply move on. But its not easy to ignore Massie Block...

This is a great story and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is a book for girls in 5th-8th grade who love books that contain drama, back stabbing, or anything else that happens in the world of teenage girls. It was a story that I highly enjoyed because it seemed so real and I was able to imagine every event as if it was happening right before my eyes. Taht is why I loved the clique.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

A Great Book

Reader reviewed by Elizabeth

This book is a great story about a "clique" or a group of friends. Massie, the leader of the clique's, dad invites friends of his come to stay in their guest house until they can purchase a house of their own. They come along with their daughter Claire. She tries to become friends with Massie, but Massie judges her right away and decides that they can never be friends. However, Claire still hangs out with Massie and her friends Kristen, Alicia, and Dylan who all act as if they hate Claire just to please Massie. Claire realizes this and decides to simply move on. But its not easy to ignore Massie Block...

This is a great story and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is a book for girls in 5th-8th grade who love books that contain drama, back stabbing, or anything else that happens in the world of teenage girls. It was a story that I highly enjoyed because it seemed so real and I was able to imagine every event as if it was happening right before my eyes. That is why I loved the clique.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

Not bad, but nothing memorable

Reader reviewed by Denise

Popular and rich Massie is devastated when she learns that not only is
her father's significantly less wealthy friend planning on staying in
their guest house, but he also has a daughter Massie's age whom Massie
is expected to befriend. When Claire appears wearing Keds and
non-designer clothes, Massie is determined to shun Claire at every
opportunity. Enlisting the help of her clique, Massie proceeds to
mercilessly mock and torture Claire. Claire might be a nice girl, but
she isn't about to go down without a fight. Mean girl cattiness ensues.



Targeted toward the middle school age bracket (though fine for high
schoolers as well), The Clique is closer to the movie Mean Girls than
the other "Lifestyles of the Rich and Cruel" type book series. Unlike
books like Gossip Girl, The Clique characters don't engage in any risqué
behaviors with sex, drugs, or alcohol. Instead, the focus of the book
revolves almost exclusively around the interpersonal dramas of female
friendships. Loyalty, taunting, embarrassment, secrets, backstabbing,
friendship, and insecurity are all featured. The inner thoughts and
feelings of the characters are not really explored, so there isn't any
moral or psychological message about the motivations of the characters.



The book is straightforward and serviceable, but neither the plot
nor the characters stand out in any way. The characters are all
two-dimensional and resemble caricatures more than fully-formed
characters. Still, they are familiar caricatures who most girls probably
have some experience knowing or being, so it is easy to relate to the
actions and feelings the characters experience. Though The Clique is now
a lengthy series, the first book can easily be read as a stand-alone.
Not bad, but not memorable.

Reprinted with author's (my) permission.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

cliquey

Reader reviewed by f00lishchick

i think this book was really nice because it gave me the experience of what a REAL girly clique is like. i thnk it was funny because of how girly the book was and i am totally not a girly girl. i think that even though some schools are filled with those snobby, rich cliques but it's kinda funny because of how they are. if i had a clique like that at school, i would think they were interesting because i dont know any real cliques like that.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

Can I just slap every single character in the face? Including the editor?

Reader reviewed by Jordana

OK first I would like to address some grammatical errors, such as forgetting periods at the end of a sentence and using the wrong verb tenses in one or two cases.

Second,  I just want to slap Massie's little face off.  She is such a snobby, stuck-up b*tch!  And all the other girls (who would have been alright) just follow Massie around like little DOGS just doing whatever she says.....if Massie says it's cool, it's cool, and if Massie says it's not cool, it's soooooooo out.  Like Claire, who's out faster than you can say "Not a G.L.U."

Claire was the best character, but I think she should have gotten back at Massie via public humiliation.  Not JUST the sly, sneaky stuff, but maybe pour red paint on HER white jeans.
And being nice to Massie in the end?  Bull c r a p.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

Not Too Bad

Reader reviewed by Ashley

The Clique is about a group of (stuck-up) girls who go to Octavian Country Day School, a private girls' school. But then Claire comes along, and she's staying in Massie's (the group leader) family's guesthouse. Claire is nothing like the Clique girls, but desperately wants to be accepted by them.




I though that Massie and her friends were really cruel at times, and that Claire let herself be pushed around by them too much. All in all, it was a cute book and fun to read.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
0.0

clique

Reader reviewed by Natalie

The Cliqueis the fist book of the clique series by lisi harrison the book centers around the twomain characters: Massie and Claire. Claire just moved from florida to Massies guest house.Massie instantly dislikes Claire. Claire despratly trying to fit in in one of OCD's popular cliques.
this book was awesome the only thing was that the book kinda starts off slow and borging.the girls in the book you eithier love them or hate them this book is great.

Was this review helpful to you? 
View all user reviews
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Kai's summer changes when she gets a summer internship at...
 
0.0
 
4.3 (1)
Zoe is just your average teenage girl expecting another average,...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Frango & Chicken
Some things seem impossible, but with the right attitude and...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ruby Lane
Ruby is overexcited again, and her brain is spinning creative...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Girl Gone Ghost
A gripping psychological thriller. Inspired by a...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice
A perfect tool for young readers as they grow into...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Side by Side A Novel of Bonnie and Clyde
Texas: 1931. It’s the height of the Great Depression, and...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Voyage of the Dogs
SOS. Ship damaged. Human crew missing. We are...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Flying in a Cage
A song tugs inside me, like a string pulling...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Shorty & Clem Blast Off!
The energetic and zany duo Shorty and Clem are back,...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Bear's Spooky Book of Hidden Things: Halloween Seek-and-Find
If you want to keep kids happily busy for hours...
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Strange New World
Dahlia 16's life is a lie. The city of...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Like Never And Always
Liv Burnham thinks nobody knows Morgan Frost like she...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Outcasts- The Blood Dagger: Volume 1
Mystical relics. Powerful vampires. Strange allies. It's hell being...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ascent (A Peak Marcello Adventure #3)
After conquering the mountains in Afghanistan, Peak Marcello goes...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

 
5.0
"Good book for middle school kids- a true snapshot of the struggle to fit in the middle school social scene..."
The Crystal of Rea Silvia. Aki and the Spheres of Time #4
 
5.0
"The book was just simply great! Surprises, twists and stuffs! Well I just loved Aki and his amazing adventures!..."
The Crystal of Rea Silvia. Aki and the Spheres of Time #4
 
5.0
"This exciting fourth adventure begins with Aki learning about a startling family secret and having to choose between telling the..."
Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13
 
4.5
"'Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13' by Barbara Roman, illustrated by Vladimir Cebu, is a sweet..."
Sal the Seagull Stole My Lunch
 
4.2
"This one is a lot of fun. Joe and Mary are getting ready to have a picnic at..."
 
4.8
"As a mother and tutor for young children, I highly recommend this novel to add to your children's book shelves...."
The Year Santa Stubbed His Toe
 
4.0
"Santa has always been there to deliver gifts to the good boys and girls around the world, but this year,..."
Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13
 
N/A
"Have you ever noticed how people are like light bulbs? They come in many sizes and shapes, varying in their..."
Felipe Femur
 
5.0
"While this book in occupied by a cast of monsters, it is far from scary. It is also not solely..."
The Crystal Of Atum. Aki and the Spheres of Time #3
 
5.0
"I am so pleased by The Crystal of Atum. I love Aki and the Spheres of Time series. This book..."
The Crystal Of Atum. Aki and the Spheres of Time #3
 
4.8
"This is Aki’s third trip with the Sphere of Time. As usual, he ends up nowhere near the spot where..."
City of Grit and Gold
 
4.3
"'City of Grit and Gold' by Maud Macrory Powell offers a glimpse into the lives of those who came from..."
Good Boy, Achilles!
 
5.0
"Very nice book."
The Pathway to Dragons: The Portal to Pyranis
 
3.5
"'The Pathway to Dragons: The Portal to Pyranis' by Hannah Hoffman is more than your run-of-the-mill fantasy story. When Billy..."
Keys To The Sun
 
3.8
"‘Keys to the Sun’ tells the adventures of two brothers, Lucas and Parker Chase. They are in New Orléans to..."
Death, Diamonds, And Dirty Socks Series:  Cheating Death:  Book 3
 
3.5
"Jarod's tenure as Lord Greenwood gets even more complicated when he and Tommy figure out that each object has information..."
Death, Diamonds, And Dirty Socks Series:  Mischief Before Mastery:  Book 2
 
3.5
"Since Jarod was made Lord Kentwood, his extended family is being kept at the mansion for fear that someone will..."
Death, Diamonds, And Dirty Socks Series: Priceless Inheritance:  Book 1
 
3.3
"Jarod's dysfunctional family is gathered for the reading of his grandfather's will. Jarod misses his grandfather, but the other are..."
The Crystal Of Nammu. Aki and the Spheres of Time #2
 
4.8
"I had great expectations for the second installment of the series Aki and the Spheres of Time and I enjoy..."
The Crystal Of Yggdrasil. Aki and the Spheres of Time #1
 
4.6
"An amazing surprise. Finished in almost one sitting. This should give an idea about how surprising it was. This is..."