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The Clique (The Clique #1)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  28,454 Ratings  ·  2,359 Reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. Outsiders at Octavian Country Day School know that the only thing harder than breaking into the in-crowd is staying in it. Girls will relate to the social triumphs and cruelties of these middle-school characters.
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Turtleback Books
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Kylie George Younger for sure. The girls in this book and middle schoolers and you have to be prepared for some of the more childish and ridiculous things they do.
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Oct 08, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Apr 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sophia Sardothien
I remember when I was grade 5 and I was so freaking obsess with this series it's insane.
Nov 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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

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
Feb 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Dec 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nikki G.
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Jan 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this a great book much better than the movie anyone can be mean but not like massi block
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was this movie called "The Clique" that I really loved when I was a little younger. I still love that movie with all my heart even after a few years. I noticed that it was based on a book... As I'm a huge bookworm, I decided to read the first one despite some reviews criticizing the novel. I didn't have a lot of expectations, thinking the movie was actually going to be better.
But nope. I loved this book as much as the movie.
I always had a thing about stories featuring popular girls leaving
Alita G
Nov 06, 2012 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 rated it liked it  ·  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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Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this book really portrays what being a teenager is like. It really delves into exploring the harsh and utterly confusing pathway of adolescence and, in doing so, captures the reader's interest. I plan on reading the rest of this series, and I recommend that all teenagers do too. But first, I'll return this book to Half-Price books, I think.
Biena (The Library Mistress)
If 'fetch' did happen, then I can say this is so fetch! :D
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All my Girl Friends
Recommended to CandyChic by: bff
The best teenage girl book!
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Lisi Harrison is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling series "The Clique", "Alphas", "Monster High," Pretenders," and her first adult novel: "The Dirty Book Club" out 10.10.17. Lisi was born in Toronto, Canada, and lived in NYC for 15 years while she worked at MTV. She now lives in Laguna Beach, CA and is a member or her own Dirty Book Club.

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Other Books in the Series

The Clique (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Best Friends for Never (The Clique, #2)
  • Revenge of the Wannabes (The Clique, #3)
  • Invasion of the Boy Snatchers (The Clique, #4)
  • The Pretty Committee Strikes Back (The Clique, #5)
  • Dial L for Loser (The Clique, #6)
  • It's Not Easy Being Mean (The Clique, #7)
  • Sealed with a Diss (The Clique, #8)
  • Bratfest at Tiffany's (The Clique, #9)
  • P.S. I Loathe You (The Clique, #10)
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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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