Clique Here: A Wish NovelFeatured
After a summer spent coming up with theories and prepping for the switch, Lily starts her new school as Blake, a popular girl with a cool name, ready to climb the social ladder.
But every hypothesis has its flaws, and Blake will have to adjust her experiment as she adjusts to her new classmates. And when Katie suddenly shows up in Blake's world, things get messy. Who's got the winning formula: Blake or Lily?
I didn't care for how Blake found the pranks fun even though she says she didn't like them. I've never had any patience for pranks that involve physically messing with someone; most of these involved liquid, paint, or slime dropping on someone, which is just mean. If tweens want to read about this, that's fine; I just hope they don't attempt any of them.
This is somewhat similar to Kinard's 2012 The Boy Project with shades of Haddix's 2012 Game Changers and is a great addition to the WISH novels, which are super, super popular with my readers. I never understood the need to be popular, but it is apparently more of a concern than I thought, according to a random selection of 6th graders I polled.
Great examples of the self-improvement genre range from Wilson's 1957 Always Anne to Cabot's 2006 How to Be Popular to Moskovitz-Palmer's 2020 summer camp themed Camp Clique. This is being issued in paperback, so is a great choice as a gift for an avid reader who is starting middle school.