The Clique: Dial L for Loser

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The Clique:Dial L for Loser by Lisi Harrison
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Reader reviewed by Megan

What's happened to The Pretty Committee is the worst thing ever&or maybe, actually, the best thing ever. Yep, they've all been expelled from school after their camping trip capers. Some are suffering parental disapproval and punishment. Others not so much so (Massie's parents consider clothes shopping to be an educational experience. Sweet.)

In the midst of their idle hours at Starbucks and the mall, they somehow feel just the tiniest bit aimless and bored. Massie would never admit it, but she actually experiences nostalgia for the old school days. But things are looking up when theyre invited to meet movie stars Abby Boyd and Hadley Durk, who are appearing on Dylan's mom's television show to promote their new movie, Dial L for Loser.

At the studio, the girls are witness to (and, uh, actually start) a huge hullabaloo, including a food fight between the two stars. The girls return home and receive a call from the movie's producer. He's sick of movie star divas and wants The Pretty Committee to fly out (on a private jet) to audition for his movie! Unfortunately, only one girl will be chosen to be in the movie. Uh oh.

Before you can say "Hollywood, here we come," Massie, Claire and Alicia (and a couple of incidental moms) are off to the bright lights. The jet is fantastic; the awaiting hotel suite is equally fab.

At the audition, Claire feels at a distinct disadvantage. Her shirt is stained. She knows she's not a knock-out like Massie or Alicia. She also misses Cam. Massie, on the other hand, is positive she'll ace the audition. But both girls get the shock of their lives when the director chooses Claire. Massie suddenly feels like the world's biggest loser. Will she be able to rise above it, continuing to be TPC's top dog? Will Derrington still like her?

There's lots of angst in a luxurious Hollywood setting, giving us another fun, fast-paced read. The ending leaves the reader wondering about the characters' future&
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Reader reviewed by YouKn0wYaLuvMe

I liked the concept of this book. A loser trying to fit in with the popular crowd is the same old thing, but the fact that she is not accepted at first and even after she is there are still problems is realistic. What makes this book different than other books though is that the families are friends and they are living together and not everything unfortunate happens to the loser but also to the 'popular' people in the book.
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A Great Book for People Who Have a Stretch of Imagination
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Reader reviewed by Roxy

As the sixth book in the Clique series, I think Lisi Harrison is continuing to do a great job with the books. These books are about rich, popular, stuck-up girls who encounter a not-so-rich, un-popular, non-stuck-up girl that ends being in their clique. While these books may seem unreal and superificial to some people, plenty of other people like them. After all, just because they seem unrealistic doesn't mean they're not good. Don't read too deep into them, they're just to be read for fun.

Anyways, Dial L for Loser was basically about Hollywood. Three out of the five members of the Pretty Committee (Massie Block, Alicia Rivera, Dylan Marvil, Kristen Gregory, and Claire Lyons)got to go to Hollywood to try out for the part of Molly (a loser) in the movie, Dial L for Loser, after the star orignially cast to play her(Hadley Durk)quit because she found out her co-star (Abby Boyd) stole her boyfriend - again. (Kristen's mom didn't let her go because she's strict and since Kristen is grounded since the Pretty Committee got expelled from their school, Octavian Country Day School (OCD) [See the fifth Clique book, The Pretty Committee Strikes Back for details] and Dylan can't go because she was the one that let out the secret of Abby with Hadley's boyfriend.) Massie is superconfident that she'll get the part, but her overconfidence is what got her to get rejected. Alicia was too beautiful, no one would ever believe she was a loser. That leaves Claire. She's not the most beautiful and she's not overconfident, so she seems to be the perfect person to play Molly.

Massie and Alicia become jealous and use every oppurtunity they can to embarrass her. And since Dylan's mom, Merri Lee Marvil, is the host of the Daily Grind, she made Massie and Alicia do a behind-the-scenes segment for the movie. Massie and Alicia, of course, use one of the segments to make Claire look like a "nervous, stinky, hairy, incontinent, balding, flaky, itchy mess." (Taken from page 203 of the book.) They also send a picture to Claire's boyfriend back home, Cam Fisher, of her kissing Hollywood hottie, Conner Foley, which makes him break up with her.

Massie and Alicia get a surprise of their own as they also become embarrassed when pictures of them show up in US Weekly. So the girls have their share of ups and downs in Hollywood but in the end, everything works out fine. Claire and Cam get back together, Claire's acting seems to be a success, the girls get readmitted to OCD, and get a welcome back party thrown for them. As for now, life seems good.

Only time will tell what happens in the next book, It's Not Easy Being Mean.
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Rebecca's opinion of Dial L for loser.
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Reader reviewed by Rebecca aka rebecks

First of all, the girls are kicked out of school. But, thats just the begining. Massie, alicia and Kuh-laire are invited into a whole new world called faim. Claire gets the role for molly and is friends with abby!!! she meets conner foley! omg and kisses him (right on the lips). But what about Cam? but, thats the movie. she never meant it or did she? and Rupert Mann dis-invites Dylan but thats the sorta good thing cuz.. she's on an all brain diet and is fighting her way back to the bathroom all day. And, cant forget Kirsten. oh yeah her lol. Parents have grounded her while her friends are glamming it all off in l.a. and alicia doing morning annoucements when she was back at O.C.D. helped her alot on Dailey Grind earlier in the book. Did i tell you Claire gets free clothes and everything? it was all suppost to be Hadley's but now its claire's. and when claire gets the part for Molly, Massire Block is being a huge brat about it and i think that Massie should've calmed down a tad bit. and actually being Claire is sorta hard cuz.. she has to take in all of Massie's unesssacery talking.
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Reader reviewed by Megan

In my opponion, this book ruins the series. Especially after The Pretty Committee Strikes Back. That book was like the best one in the series and now this one is so unrealistic. I know this is a book, but this would NEVER happen. Well, maybe once in a million years. My point, it ruins the whole effect of the series. Skip It if you don't want to waste your time.
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THIS BOOK WAS AH-MAZING
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Reader reviewed by ash

I thought this book was really good i mean i still think that the one befor this one was better but yea i really liked it poor claire and massie ai dont think they should even be friends cause therre not really good friends in that case there like always messing up each pothers lives if they were real friennds they would accept eachother for who they realy are not by the clothes lol. i heard that Its Not easy Being Mean Is really bad book like all of the reviews i read on it ppl say that they really didnt like well im gonna find out for my self i hope its not gonna be that bad i mean how bad can one book can be well i so cant wait for Seald With a Diss comes out cant wait well gotta go see ya
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It gets better!
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Reader reviewed by K. Weller

This is a much better book than the previous few CLique title (not including the debut novel). In this one, Massie, Alicia, and Claire go to Hollywood to audition as a "loser" in a new movie. The back of the book reveals that Claire begins living a Hollywood lifestyle, so it's not revealing too much to say she gets the part. The funniest thing is Massie is happy when the director tells her she was too confident in her audition not realizing that he was trying to say she blew her audition. Alicia does better, but is too pretty to be taken seriously as a loser.

The best part of the book is Calire finally stepping out of Massie's shadow & finding out Cam took her brother to a dance rather than take another girl. Also, reading aobut Massie and Alicia freezing on camera when they are supposed to cover the movie filming live for Dylan's mother's talk show. The worst? Connor is very creepy acting and Massie is unusually hurtful to Claire.

Other than the 1st book, this is the best book in the series. The girls are breaking out of their molds a bit and having them kicked out of school gives them more to do.
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ehmagawd!
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Reader reviewed by karen =]

Dial L for Loser is an awesome book! i can totally relate to it and the rest of the clique series books. i consider myself a mix between massie and claire. (awkward..,huh?)
im crossing my fingers and wishing that there would be a movie based on the clique series coming out soon!
i can totally picture it!

thanx 4 your time
<3luv always,
karen=]
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talk about changing the tide
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Reader reviewed by Therdry

In this clique book you see just how much Massie puts in store by popularity. When the tables turn and a movie director chooses Claire over Massie and Alicia, to play the part of a looser in his next blockbuster.
Massie is stuck trying to maintain her Number one status, when she and Alicia become corrospondents for the Daily Grind. Kristen and Dylan at home in Westchester have to find a way to get the pretty commity back into OCD.
Claire has it worst off though, has she navigates "movie friends", The ever backstabbing Pretty Commity and Cam who is convinced that she's got a new boyfriend.
Claire (my favorite caracter) does an increadible jod weaving her way through this mess, I can't wait to hear what happens next!
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Dial L for Loser (Date of original publication is August 2006)
Written by Lisi Harrison ( - present)

Central Characters- Massie Block is a wealthy, kind of selfish, spoiled, and very superficial 7th grader. That thinks nobody should ever get more attention then she does. Claire Lyons is very sweet and kind, she doesnt care much for fashion and defiantly thinks its more important of what is inside then out side (She and Massie are total opposites).

Other Characters- Kristen Gregory is a very poor girl but is still one of the clique girls she is easily upset but can insult you very quickly if she feels intimidated. Alicia Rivera she is just like Massie thats why she is Massies right hand girl. Dylan Marvil is the wealthy daughter of a famous TV host, but she is always very self conscious because she thinks she is fat. Abby Boyd the two faced teen star. Conner Foley selfish and superficial movie star that everyone loves. Briarwood boys are the guys that all the clique girls like. The parents very kind and helpful not much description about them.

Setting- Westchester the wealthy suburb of New York City. Los Angeles, California where the sun is always bright and nobodies can become famous within days.

Narrator- Its the author-third person narrator that knows everything that each of the girls is feeling not only on the outside but on the inside as well.

Events In summary-
1)The clique girls meet a famous Hollywood director, Rupert Mann, and he asks all of them except Dylan (because her rumor spreading caused the original actress, Hadley Durk, to quit).
2)After the girls (Kristen cant go so its only Alicia, Massie, and Claire) addition for the same role, Claire gets the part. Alicia and Massie would have to leave if it werent for Dylans mom who let them work for her show, The Daily Grind, as the behind-the-scenes reporters for the movie Dial L for Loser(in which Claire got a part).
3)After Claire gets backstabbed by Massie AND Abby she cries a lot and after the movie is finished she goes back to Westchester.
4)All of her friends through a surprise party and even Cam (her boyfriend) with whom she had fight with.

Authors attitude- Excitement of the girls about being movie stars, and about the drama the teen stars face.

Irony- The whole book is ironic in its point of view. Like how selfish and self centered these girls are (not Claire).Rate me I think I am a 10!

Symbols-The range rover is a symbol of Massies life its big, comfortable, and expensive and its not cozy or something you appreciate. Another symbol is Massies charm bracelet which symbolizes her friends she would cry if she lost it, but would get a new one quickly.

Evaluation/Theme Statement- Dial L for Loser is a book is an exciting tale of bedrail, dishonesty, and friendship. Even though the ending seems good its a cliff hanger.
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