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It's Not Easy Being Mean (The Clique #7)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  10,897 Ratings  ·  372 Reviews
At Octavian Country Day School, Massie Block rules the roost. Beneath her, squirming for their places in the sun, are Clique members Claire Lyons, Alicia Rivera, Dylan Marvil, and Kristen Gregory. In their exclusive private school hierarchy, meanness and backbiting are necessary survival skills, and today's debutantes are tomorrow's doormats. The seventh installment in the ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 15th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Etta King
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So having read seven Clique books, it's only fair that I leave a review! My first impression of this series was that it was a fun pseudo-gossip girl that I could enjoy while waiting for my ankle to heal. Well it was fun and it's grown on me.

The first book seemed like a very serious attempt at classifying every Westchesterite as either snobby and rich or snobby and pretentious, Massie being the worst of them all. But after a while, the stories focused less on the nose jobs and cars and more on t
I liked this way better than the last book, but still, I wish the entire Pretty Committee had been working together! Ever since Claire officially joined, I hate when the other four make fun of her and exclude her. I feel like the story goes back to square one.

However, I’m so glad they made up, and I’m interested in what the room is, and how TPC will make it their own.
Girls could be so mean sometimes, but this girls do it with style!! TWIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! claire and layne found they key and not the PC
Lucy A. March
The plots started getting silly (even for this series) at this point. The girls are back in school, Claire can't decide if she wants an acting career or friends (because how could she have both???), and a completely over the top scavenger hunt is going on.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Tori Keefe
It's Not Easy Being Mean, by Lisi Harrison, is the seventh novel in the Clique series. The childish story is about the drama that is brought about when the Pretty Committee is one of the many cliques given the opportunity of a lifetime, by 8th grade Alpha, Skye. Being the leader of the Pretty Committee, Massie Block does everything in her extensive power to get the key to the "secret room," provided by Skye in a series of challenging riddles and rules. However, because Massie and the Pretty Com ...more
Gabrielle ♛
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Dial L for Loser 's ending left me wanting to read more. It was also a foreshadow on what this book is going to be about.

To start, this book starts off with the Pretty Committee being back in OCD, better than ever and ready to rock the halls once again. But maybe, just maybe not for long.

This book introduces eight grader Alpha, Skye Hamilton who sent off a scavenger hunt to the key which unlocks the ultimate paradise that the Pretty Committee must have to keep their popular status and r
Angie Newman
This book is about a group of seventh grade girls belonging to a clique called the Pretty Committee. They receive a challenge to go on a "scavenger hunt" to find a key to a secret room in the school that only the coolest eighth graders can use. The majority of the book revolves around the girls competing with other cliques to find the hidden key. They use clues from the riddle-like poem provided to them by the coolest 8th grade girl to go to different boys' bedrooms and look under their mattress ...more
Mar 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all teenage girls
This is the seventh book in the series. 8th grade alpha female, Skye, has the key to the secret room in OCD and the Pretty Committee needs to get it. The problem is that Skye won't tell them where it is hidden and any girl can find it. The Pretty Committee is off on a scavenger hunt on a race against time for this key, otherwise the PC will be ruined for the rest of their lives. More trouble and drama for the 7th grade girls
m1 Lydia
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dumb, just kind of dumb.
Pamela Hanna
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I have read a few of her books out of order but done that before lol with other series..anyways this one is where Massie,Alicia,Kristian and Dylan & Claire when she can r looking for a very important key that will make them the ultimate 8th grade Alphas once they leave the 7th grade..Claire is dealing with a possiabilty of leaving her friends to go to Hollywood to become an actress(sorry for any misspellings) so before end of book u will know her decsion :) meanttime it is a fight bet ...more
This book fell a little flat for me on the re-read. After the crazy adventures in the last two books, the Pretty Committee's return to OCD felt less exciting and the drama was a little forced. I had a hard time getting excited about the secret room the girls are looking for.

Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, so not realistic.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very secretive and about being a leader and making the right decisions.
Grace Young
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was one of the better books because it had many plot twists. It only took me a day to read and I thought overall it was pretty good
Dayna Smith
My niece asked me to read this with her. My place in the in the i-love-you-this-much sacrificial aunt category is now firmly secure.
Grace Gallagher
It was interesting and good
Lauren Elise
This is where I lost interest in this series.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alexa by: Leanne Sheth
The day before the Pretty Committee goes back to OCD after being expelled, they receive a CD in a gold envelope from alpha eighth-grader Skye Hamilton, telling them about a rumored "key" that can open the legendary secret, a forgotten room on the OCD campus. Usually, the seventh grade alpha automatically gets the key, but since it is the fifth anniversary of the Room, Skye decides that whoever finds the key will receive the total and complete power of the room. If the Pretty Committee doesn't ge ...more
Tiffany Spencer
It's Not Easy Being Mean (The Clique) 7
PLOT: What's Skye Hamilton (OCD 8th grade Alpha) doing in Massie Block's yard talking to Claire's little brother Todd? It turns out she's there on a mission to extend something of an invitation for a scavenger hunt in search of the "golden key". Along with other selected girls, the cryptic message from the head Alpha herself, tells whatever group who finds the key they will possess access to a hidden secret room in the school. Meanwhile, Claire gets approac
Watch out!The Clique is back and bigger then ever. This suspenseful book is filled with lying, cheating and most of all, girls trying to claw their way to the top

When Claire Lyons comes back in a shower of fame and adorers, Massie Block couldn't be more irritated.This, with the combined weight of the Kristen,Dylan, and Alicia , is driving her onto the edge of insanity.

But all changes when Skye Hamilton, soon-to-be-highschooler, dancer and alpha of Octavian County Day school and leader of the DSL
Talia Maria
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's Not Easy Being Mean is #7 of Lisi Harrison's The Clique, revolving around the "Pretty Committee," the most powerful and exclusive clique of the all-girls Octavian Country Day School of Westchester, NY. In this book, The Clique returns to form - which unfortunately means a return of the glorification of bratty behavior, bullying, tween sexualization and dry, flat narrative.

Plot: Claire Lyons returns from filming "Dial L for Loser" and contemplates leaving OCD behind entirely in favor of a p
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about when her friend Alicia goes her secrete ways. Now Massie has to compete with her ex best friend. Will Alicia stay like this or become friends with Massie and the clique again, or will she never be apart of the clique. If Alicia wants to come back will she let Alicia come back or will he be mad if Alicia does not want to be apart of the clique again. Who will be the alpha Massie or Alicia. I guess you will have to read it find out. I liked how dramatic this book is and because ...more
Nov 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s Not Easy Being Mean: Lisa Peterson
Book Review
Maddie Horne

The pretty committee thought for sure that they would find the key to the heavenly room, but who could be sure when Losers Beyond Repair (LBR) like Layne Abeley are looking for the key too. The key was to a room at Octavian Country Day’s that staff didn’t know about and only O.C.D’s eighth grade alphas were given the key. However Skye Hamilton was the alpha Massie was in seventh grade, and Skye made a riddle to find it so Massie and
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: It's Not Easy Being Mean

Author: Lisi Harrison

Series: The Clique #7

Rating: ★★★★

Summary: Look out boys, here comes the Clique!
Massie Block: Getting back into Octavian Country Day was a piece of sugar-free cake, compared to Massie's next goal-finding the key that unlocks an ah-mazing legendary secret room at OCD! Alpha eighth grader Skye Hamilton and her clique have stashed the key in the bedroom of one mystery Briarwood boy, but who? Whoever finds the key gets access to the secret room for
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book so fast that I didn’t even memorize the title before i finished it. the pretty committee is busy going to boy's houses to look under their beds for the key to unlock the legendary room at OCD for the secret hang out spot meanwhile Claire is busy trying to decide whether to move to Hollywood or not for shooting “Dial L for Loser”. Reading this book just makes me envy Massie more for her clever mean comebacks. In this book I also find out the mentor for Massie. Skye is the only pe ...more
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Not Easy Being Mean is a great book with real situations and real drama that teenage girls can connect with. It is part of a series called The Clique Series by Lisi Harrison. There are nine books in Lisi's series and i plan to read them all. The books are The Clique, Best Friends for Never, Revenge of the Wannabes, Invasion of the Boy Snatchers, The Pretty Committee Strikes Back, Dial L for Loser, Its Not Easy Being Mean, Sealed With a Diss, and Bratfest at Tiffany's. There are a lot of dif ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s Not Easy Being Mean is the seventh book in The Clique series by Lisi Harrison. This book is one of my favourite of the series so far but unfortunately being only 190 pages it was one of the smaller books of the series so it didn’t take me long to read.

After their expulsion from school, the Pretty Committee, are back and ready to take over the school. At the start of their year they have a challenge to achieve set by Skye, an Alpha, who the Pretty Committee look up too. This totally secret c
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Not Easy Being Mean was a pretty good book. I mostly enjoyed the book because I like Drama stories. This book was a pretty good book over all. Especially when I can relate to the stories.
In Lisi Harrison’s “It’s Not Easy Being Mean,” shows that there is a lot of drama that goes on between girls in High School. Most of the time in High School, girls are jealous of other girls because of what they have in life. There are four girls in this book that have totally different lives. Kristen Grego
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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)
  • The Clique (The Clique, #1)
  • 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)
  • Sealed with a Diss (The Clique, #8)
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