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The Clique (The Clique #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  24,194 ratings  ·  2,144 reviews
Kicking off a juicy new series, this book introduces a group of girls who are navigating the social minefields of eighth grade at New York's Westchester County's most exclusive private school.
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Published (first published May 1st 2004)
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Oct 08, 2007 Eunice rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are very bored with their lives.
(I've read a couple books from the series so this isn't only a review on the first one.)

I admit that this book is entertaining, watching girls throw around their money without a second thought about the starving kids in Africa (yes I know that everyone's tired of the phrase but it's true, and only a visit to a third world country can make you realize that.) - but that's all I can really get from it.

1. Great detail that can give the reader a sharp and vivid image in their minds and a series of t
eva steele-saccio
This is a terrible book, part of a series that is at the top of many children's bestseller lists. It is part of that huge chunk of media that reinforces cruel behavior among teenage girls. Here are the popular and rich kids (no coincidence that the two traits go together): Massie, Bridget, Alicia, and Kristen. Here is the pretty, nice, and middle class girl, Claire, who only has one pair of jeans. They are white and from the gap. And she wears Platform Keds. Let's devote 100 pages to how the Cli ...more
Um, yeah. So the teen girls at the library are crazy about this series, so I decided to see what it was about. It's ridiculous. It centers around a group of vapid, cruel girls, and how our main character really wants to be a part of their clique. And there's no sense of self-realization, where she discovers she's better off, or where she comes to terms with who she is. No- we're just left with the impression that if she works hard enough, maybe she'll be able to get in the clique. I think that t ...more
Jan 22, 2008 Julia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls who love to gossip
These books are great, plus they are totally unexpected! I was just looking for a book that would be simple to read and since I am a girl, some that would be real easy to relate to. Well, I saw this book in the store and I thought this would be a perfect over-the-top take on modern day middle school cliques and after I started reading it I realized I was not reading what I thought I was reading, it was something BETTER! These books talk about a 12-year-old, clothing obessed girl named Massie who ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Jane rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I hated it. Every. Last. Stinking. Page. Miss Harrison crafts a set of 4 wealthy, airheaded sluts, and then adds in a girl who is an outcast for wearing Keds (WTF?) and eventually sells her soul so she doesn't have to endure the major emotional trauma of being made fun of sometimes (I repeat, WTF?!). It really is rather silly, and makes middle school girls idolize the wrong people. In terms of being able to relate to the main characters, Massie makes Regina George in Mean Girls look like Bella S ...more
This book was terrible, not my taste at all. I gave it a try. Something different from what I normally read. All it is is over 200 pages of annoying, rich teenage girls, doing stupid annoying stuff. I can't stand teenage school girl gossip. I try and stay as far away from it as possible. However, if you like reading about girls who have lots of money who scheme behind each others backs, this book would be perfect for you. I think you would really enjoy it.
Stephanie O.
I'll say this from the start- the book is quite good, but shallow. No depth, nothing. I can't say I didn't enjoy putting down some more agonizing reads that took me a while to understand like Wuthering Heights and sit down with it and just relax, but it isn't a work of literature. A good book, don't get me wrong. Read it if you wish- avoid it if you're looking for something more serious.
May 07, 2008 Mayla rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
This clique consists of four rich girls by the names of, Massie, Dylan, Kristen, and Alicia. When the new girl, Claire comes in, drama starts to fill up the halls of Octavian Country Day School. Claire is different from them; her family is far from rich (that's why she moved into Massie Block's "mansion"), she doesn't wear designer clothing like the clique, she doesn't know what it takes to be cool, and would do anything to get accepted into the clique.

The author really knows how to surprise us

Reading The Clique is like attending an All-You-Can-Eat Cupcake Buffet where the hosts force you to gorge for three hours straight.

Upon receiving the invitation, you become immediately aware that the concept works better on paper than it does in execution. In fact, you might find yourself justifying your very intentions for participating, but still feel a guilty pleasure in the undertaking. Who knows? You might wind up enjoying yourself... even if you have to hide it from your friends. A
Jun 24, 2008 Swimstar101 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls 12 and up

Meet the Clique: Massie Block - with her glossy brunette bob and clear white smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of the Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private school at Westchester, New York. Dylan Marvil - Massie's second in command, Dylan 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 be
Why do the main characters have to be so unlikable? From Alicia, who acts as though she suffers from depression because she has large breasts, and Massie, who hates her parents because she can't go to a spa day with her friends and has to stay in her multi-million dollar home. Oh my God - THEIR LIVES ARE SO HARD.

It's not that I have a thing about rich girl books. I'm actually quite a fan of the Pretty Little Liars series, which also stars rich girls doing their rich girl thing. The difference be
*PARENTS:* read the bottom half of this before letting your middle schoolers read it.

These books are an awful influence. I am in High School now, and I read all of them in the seventh grade religiously. I told people that I read them because I thought that they were funny, and that's actually what I told myself.

One of the main problems in this book is that there is so sense of right and wrong. The "clique" is glorified and the average girls who just be themselves are tortured. Absolutely NO con
Mar 27, 2011 Jean rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Jean by: Read for Book Club
I think the story stinks! Four little rich girls (one not really rich, but lying about it so she can be in "The Clique" and one new girl who seems like she might actually be a great kid, but in the story is apparently willing to sell her soul, if she can get into "The Clique."
The rich girls are mean to everyone, including each other, they have no idea that money is not the be all and end all - they say the word poor as if it is something totally disgusting and that the poor somehow choose to be
Nikki G.
I am currently reading the Clique by Lisi Harrison. I am almost done with the book and I am really excited. In the book Claire sneaks into Massie's room and starts emailing Massie's friends, but she doesn't get away with it for long. In the part that I am at, Massie gets introduced to her crushes girlfriend. In the beginning I thought I was like Claire, but what I just read where she sneaks into Massie's bedroom well I don't think we are very close anymore. The author, Lisi Harrison, did a great ...more
Cattly, catty girls!!!!

Every girl in this book can be mean but Massie beats them all! She hates claire from the minute she sees her because her style isn't Florida's apperant style. Massie and her group of friends, Kristen, Dylan, and Alicia, have it all. The fame, the money, and the friends. When Claire's family comes and comes to stay in Massie's guesthouse, she goes crazy. She had yet to know of all the crazy things these girls do so they can restore the natrual order of things. They put red
The minute I picked up this book I couldn't put it down. I finished it in a matter of days and have been reading the series ever since. I think that this book would be great for any pre-teen/teen girl that needs a good book. It keeps you hooked and for me it never got boring. Lisi Harrison is an amazing author and she's even helped Mtv! This book taught me that no the what obstacles come your way in life, if you work around them and fight through them, in the end you'll get what you want. One of ...more
I am writing this review not as part of the middle-school audience this book is targeted towards, but as an indignant college student looking back on a book series that may (hopefully not) have influenced my eighth-grade perceptions. There are numerous things wrong with not just this book, but The Clique series as a whole.

I can't begin to describe how shallow these books are. While a depiction of this sort of lifestyle can make for good entertainment, that is only the case when it is paired with
Let me get this straight everyone has a different perspective on this. Mine was that this book was incredibly shallow. The Name Brand Dropping is enough to go one mad. I find that terribly unrealistic seriously what 12 year old wears Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and ect. I don't think any of them.

Each character I feel is more annoying then the last. I know i'm being harsh on this book but after all everyone's open to there thoughts and this is mine. Massie Block is supposed to be fabulous, perfec
Crystal 2
Apr 12, 2008 Crystal 2 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE ITS AMAZING!!
I knew girls were mean, but I never thought that they would take it this far. (This is why I can count on one hand how many female friends I have.) This book is a slight exaggeration of how far four best friends will go to hold their titles as the most envied girls in school. There are five main characters which are the best friends and one outcast. Massie Block, who is spoiled and out of control, Dylan Marvil, who is very insecure and covers it up by being uncontrollably rude, Alicia Rivera, wh ...more
These books should be banned from distribution. Looking back at the time I read some of these books, I now see that the characters in this books are so incredibly shallow and one-dimensional, showing no personal growth or empathy throughout the actions they take to bully and belittle less "popular" kids in their age group. We all know or have known people like the main character, Massie Block, and the fact that such a narcisist has such a spotlight shone on her in these books does nothing but pr ...more
Dec 12, 2007 Alaina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who likes a book with a steady fast pace and drama
Massie Block, Alicia Rivera, Dylan Marvil, and Kristen Gregory are best friends forever and are the super popular clique at their school, Octavian Country Day School. It's an all girls school, where everyone wears nothing but designer clothing and fashion seems to speak more than what's "on the inside". All the girls in "The Clique" are incredibly rich and can afford anything they want, whenever they want. But the toughest thing about "The Clique", is how hard it is to get in, and how easy it is ...more
Madison allen
this a great book much better than the movie anyone can be mean but not like massi block
Alita G
Feb 02, 2013 Alita G is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Im reading Lisi Harrison's The Clique book so far Massie has a new friend on town (Clair) Clair is staying on Massie's house because Clair is going to live with Massie ,while Clair's parents try to find a new home.
Massie is not that really happy about this, Massie feels like Clair is ruining her life, like first of all because Massie dose not want her friends to meet Clair , and I think probably Massie could give a chance to Clair. Massie some times dose not relate to me and sometimes she does
(A) Archers at KIPP
Feb 21, 2008 (A) Archers at KIPP rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to see what other teenagers do with their problems
Recommended to (A) Archers by: Analiza Diego
Shelves: girls-have-read
February 7,2008

The book that I am recently reading is "The Clique" by Lisi Harrison and I think that it is a typical tennage drama book,that is for its genre and I would definately rate this book a five.The reason I say this is because it is also on my top one-hundred list and it is everything a book needs to capture a girl's attenison.This book is about a girl named, Massie Block, who is in seventh grade and she attends a school named OCD,her parents are rich so you can already imagine that s
Dec 04, 2008 K rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preteens...teens haha
Recommended to K by: no one...i found it in the bookstore...haha!!
Shelves: clique-series
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Biena (The Library Mistress)
If 'fetch' did happen, then I can say this is so fetch! :D
Dec 15, 2008 CandyChic rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All my Girl Friends
Recommended to CandyChic by: bff
The best teenage girl book!
Jenny Cano
I read an amazing teenage book called "The Clique". "The Clique" is about a new girl who moved from Florida to Westchester, New York because of her dad's job. She's living at her dad's friend's guest house while her parents find a house of their own. Claire has many issues with Massie and her friends because Claire has a very simple life while Massie and her friends always wear designer clothes and she's very rich. Lisa Harrison, the author, writes an incredible teenage drama book about two girl ...more
I read this series in middle school. I thought they were so good that I was reading one a day. I am now in high school, and I think that it is ridiculous that a series with snobby girls throwing money around in thin air could be so bestselling with the middle school crowd. When I read this series, I could see nothing wrong with the theme of the books. Now, I see these girls tormenting girls because of their low class status, acting much too old for their twelve year old selves, and of course pur ...more
chris has a girlfriend?
I mean i was totally hooked with this whole chris and massie thing until apparently i found out chris is a freak! god, here are his exact words "Do you come here often" Massie: "Yeah, pretty much" "will you be here next week?" "Yeah, why?" "then its a date?" and then he rides off before massie can answer, yeah i know, really smooth chris, yet having a girlfriend at the same time is low, i mean just think about it, here, lets put it like this:

Joe is dating Zoey

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Lisi Harrison is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling series "The Clique". Lisi was born in Canada, and lived in NYC for a while at MTV. She now lives in Laguna Beach, CA.

More about Lisi Harrison...
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“Are you a female dog?"
"What?" Massie asked. "Why?"
"Because you are acting like a real bitch!
“Claire, did I invite you to my barbeque?" Massie asked, her neck tilting to the right and her arms tightly crossed.
"Huh? No. I mean, I don't know," Claire said.
"Then why are you all up in my grill?" Massie said through her teeth.”
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