The Clique (series)

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Cover of The Clique, the first novel of the series, released on May 5, 2004

The Clique is a young adult novel series written by Canadian author Lisi Harrison and originally published by Little, Brown and Company, a subsidiary of the Hachette Group. The series was reprinted by Poppy books. The series revolves around five girls: Massie Block, Alicia Rivera, Dylan Marvil, Kristen Gregory, and Claire Lyons, who are known as The Pretty Committee. The Pretty Committee is a popular clique at the fictional, all-girls middle school, Octavian Country Day (OCD). Claire and her family move from Orlando, Florida to Westchester, New York, where they live in the Blocks' guesthouse. Claire is initially considered an outcast due to her financial and fashion status. As the series progresses, Claire slowly develops a friendship with Massie, realizing that she must earn her friendship, and eventually becomes a member of the group.

The first novel, The Clique, was released on May 19, 2004. As of June 2012, 14 novels have been released in the main series.[1][2] On October 4, 2006, a box set called "The Clique Collection" was released containing the first three novels of the series.[3] A second set was released in November 2006 containing books four through six.[4] From April to August 2008, five novellas named after the five main characters were published in a subseries called "The Clique Summer Collection." The novellas focus on each title characters' activities during the summer between their seventh and eighth grades in school.[5] Harrison composed a guide to the series' "teen speak" terminology and trivia, Cliquetionary, which was released on November 16, 2009.[6] It was announced on Lisi Harrison's website that the fourteenth book (which was released February 15, 2011) would mark the end of the series.[citation needed]

In 2007, Warner Brothers announced that it had partnered with publisher Alloy Entertainment to create a series of direct-to-DVD films based on the books. A film, based on the first novel The Clique, was released on November 11, 2008.[7] The novels are being adapted into a series of graphic novels by Yen Press, with the first volume released July 2010,[8] with art by Yishan Li.[9] The video game The Clique: Diss and Make-Up is based on the book series.[10][11] The books have a spin-off series, Alphas.

History[edit]

The book-packaging subdivision of Alloy Online, which focuses on the teen market, conceived the series after becoming interested in developing an in-house franchise.[12][13][14] They approached Lisi Harrison, who was working as a writer for MTV, about producing a series of youth novels. She said of this proposal, "Always being a closeted wannabe author - I jumped at the opportunity. I loved the idea." Harrison actually wrote this book as a "joke," she said, as she even named OCD after a disorder that some people had. She created this series to show everyone that popular people aren't perfect and that everyone has flaws.[15] Alloy's involvement in the process of writing varies from series to series;[16] Harrison said that in her case they functioned as a sounding board, but otherwise, "they left me to my own devices. It's very much my book."[15] The end result was the first novel in the series, The Clique, which was published in May 2004 by Little, Brown and Company.[17][18][19]

Characters[edit]

  • Massie Block is the alpha (leader) and founder of her clique, The Pretty Committee. She has glossy brown hair and amber eyes. She is bossy and stuck-up, and her greatest desire is to be better than most people, but there is a sweeter side to her. Her family is rich because her dad is a successful businessman, so Massie gets everything she wants, though the Block family becomes temporarily bankrupt when her dad loses his job. She loves shopping, and has a large number of designer clothes and credit cards. She has dated Derrick "Derrington" Harrington and Landon Crane. Although she acts like she has no flaws, she has an insecure side that she usually only reveals to her black Pug, Bean, and sometimes her friends, mostly Claire.
  • Alicia Rivera is described as the most beautiful girl at OCD, with dark, glossy hair, big brown eyes, and a huge chest, which she is infamously known for. She loves gossiping, and she eventually becomes the morning announcer at OCD. She also loves to dance, and takes lessons at Body Alive Dance Studio. She loves all things Ralph Lauren. She lives in a fancy mansion with her ex-model mother Nadia, and her famous lawyer dad, Len. Alicia has always wanted to be a leader like Massie, but she can never quite pull it off, which irritates her. She had a major crush on Josh Hotz, a guy who has a Ralph Lauren obsession like she does. They date briefly, but Alicia dumps him when she realizes they wear the same size clothes. Alicia is hinted to be the new alpha in the last book, when Massie moves to England, in "A Tale of Two Pretties."
  • Dylan Marvil is Massie's "second-in-command". She is the Pretty Committee's source to the celebrity world, for her mother is Merri-Lee Marvil, the famous talk show host and television personality for the Daily Grind. Dylan has two sisters, Ryan and Jaime, who aren't really mentioned or seen except for in "Charmed and Dangerous: The Rise of the Pretty Committee" and in "A Tale Of Two Pretties," where they star in their own reality show called "Marvil-ous Marvils" along with Dylan and their mom. Dylan has long, red hair and green eyes, and worries constantly about her weight, even though she is described to have a good body. She wears a size 6.
  • Kristen Gregory is an all-star soccer player at school. She is a bit of a tomboy but loves designer clothes. Her mother disapproves of the racy clothing that Kristen likes, which is why they don't get along too well. However, despite her mother's objections, Kristen still wears the clothing behind her mother's back. Kristen's dad lost all of his money before the series began, which causes her to become poor, and she doesn't want anyone to know. She tells Claire about the secret on an instant messaging service, thinking she was confessing to Massie. She eventually tells the others in the third book, "Revenge of the Wannabes". Kristen is highly intelligent, attending OCD on a full scholarship, until the book "The Pretty Committee Strikes Back", when she is expelled. She is considered to be pretty with her long blond hair and blue eyes, although in "Invasion of the Boy-Snatchers" a disastrous hair appointment leaves her with a short pixie cut. She enjoys playing word games and is very athletic. In the Summer Books, it is revealed Kristen is the leader of The Witty Committee, an Anti-Pretty Committee group that strives upon intelligence and character. she is the founder of their lip gloss company that turned out to be a fail. In the group they dress up as intelligent people in history, and Kristen chooses to be Cleopatra. Several other students, including Claire's best friend Layne Abeley, are in the group. When Massie finds out about The Witty Committee, she and Kristen's friendship is temporarily ended, but Kristen regains Massie's approval later on.
  • Claire Lyons moved from Orlando, Florida to Westchester, New York. Her dad was good friends with Massie's dad in college, and the Lyons are living in Massie's guesthouse. Claire's family is not rich or successful like the other girls' families are, so she has a hard time fitting in at first, but eventually does. She becomes friends with Layne, known to the Pretty Committee as an LBR (Loser Beyond Repair). In the end, Massie leaves telling Claire, "I heart you." Her trademark is her love of Keds, Gummies and Sours and her crush on Cam Fisher, and thanks to the encouragement and acceptance from her former bully, Massie Block, she is not only allowed to be in The Clique, but to also be in a relationship with Cam and be friends with Layne at the same time, so she is reasonably liked and respected by her peers. Claire is described as having blonde hair with short bangs and wide blue eyes. She briefly leaves the Pretty Committee in favor of two freshman Drama-Club Girls, Cara and Syd, and when earning the lead role in a blockbuster movie, Dial L for Loser. She has trouble fitting in because of her sense of style or her personality. Claire is known to be down-to-earth and loyal. She is best friends with Sarah, Sari and Mandy, who are in Florida, but soon learns in her summer book that Sarah, Sari and Mandy secretly hate her, so she votes Massie to win the beauty pageant instead of them, preferring to be friends with Massie, Alicia, Dylan and Kristen, where she feels accepted and more herself.
  • Cameron "Cam" Fisher: Described as having messy black hair and mismatched eyes- one blue, one green- Cam originally appeared in the first novel as the boy who danced with Massie, though his name was not credited. He also made appearances in "Best Friends for Never" as the boy who saved Claire from her humiliation at the party, and then in Revenge of the Wannabes as Massie and Claire's crush. However, by the fourth novel he and Claire are officially dating. They then break up again because Claire is manipulated into thinking he likes Alicia's slutty cousin, Nina. They get back together after they share a first kiss in The Pretty Committee Strikes Back. He is described as sweet and sensitive. In "Sealed with a Diss," he dumps Claire when she accuses him of being a cheater. He then dates Olivia Ryan, but is annoyed with her as she proves to be incredibly dumb and a bad mother to their Health assignment, a simulated baby named Kate, whom Claire is the stepmother of, and gets back with Claire. They stay together for the rest of the series, even throughout the upgrade, something that Massie came up with where the Pretty Committee should dump their 8th grade boyfriends and "upgrade" by getting 9th grade boyfriends. Throughout the series, Cam is also known for giving bags of gummies to Claire, as sweet surprises.
  • Derrick ‘Derrington’ Harrington: With dirty blonde hair and a goofy smile, Derrick is Briarwood's treasured goalie on the Tomahawks soccer team and is fought over at the beginning of the series by Kristen and Dylan. He's known to be funny and jokey, and constantly likes to pull his shorts down and shake his bare butt around. Only Massie and Dylan see the sweeter side to him. He then dates Massie up until Sealed with a Diss, where he says he thinks she is too immature for him (though Massie thinks the same of him). In P.S. I Loathe You, he dates Dylan secretly. In These Boots Were Made for Stalking, she dumps him for Luke, a ninth-grade high school freshman.
  • Joshua ‘Josh’ Hotz: Appeared in Invasion of the Boy Snatchers as a new transfer student. He and Alicia dated briefly, even throughout the boy fast up until the upgrade. Josh shares a kiss with Claire Lyons in the end of Invasion of the Boy Snatchers. He and Alicia are finished after she begins to "semi-flirt" with Aidan, because she and Josh wear the same size clothes. He is described as having thick wavy black hair and brown eyes, and wearing a New York Yankees cap most of the time. He also has a Ralph Lauren obsession.
  • Kemp Hurley: Dylan's crush in Sealed with a Diss who double-dumped her, and Kristen's date to the winter dance. He is described as being a major pervert.
  • Chris Plovert: Dylan's crush for most of the early books, the one who breaks up with her when he finds her too "manly."
  • Harris Fisher: Cam's older brother, who has green eyes. Alicia crushes on him in the third book but he gives her mixed signals. It is not until it is revealed later in the book that he is not interested.
  • Landon Crane: Massie's crush up until the last book. He is described as having sea green eyes and messy brown wavy hair. He is in ninth grade at ADD, the local public school.
  • Bean: Massie's fashion-forward black Pug.
  • Bark Obama: Landon's black Pug.
  • Celia Crane: Landon's mother, who owns Bark Jacobs. She knows Marc Jacobs and is very close with her only son.
  • Kori Gedman: On Kristen's soccer team. She was the Kristen look-alike who Alicia recruited for her clique in the third book. She is described as having bad posture, blond hair that is always styled in either pigtails or braids, and light blue eyes. She lives in the Brickview Apartments like Kristen and due to many surgeries her mother has had, Kori is often teased about it.
  • Strawberry McAdams: She has a bad temper and gets her nickname from where she shops, and also for her magenta-dyed hair. She looks a bit like Dylan for being big-boned, and she was her look-alike replacement for Alicia's clique in the third book. Her real name is Coral.
  • Olivia Ryan: Olivia is a dancer who is described as having sky blue eyes and buttery-blond waves. Olivia Ryan is often referred to an 'alt.com' friend, meaning she's unoriginal. She has been brought into the story as Alicia's 'backup bestie' along with Kori and a girl nicknamed Strawberry. Massie likes to refer to Olivia as 'Duh-livia Ryan' or as Alicia periodically nicknamed her 'faux-livia'. She is credited as a B-lister "trapped" in an A-lister's body. She has an older brother Andy with a skating ramp, and an older sister. She briefly dates Cam Fisher. She and Chris Plovert also had a distant fling. Her dad is a surgeon and operates on her nose many times throughout the series. She is also known as Alicia's ditzy tagalong. During the OCD Uniform Contest, Alicia and her cheat by switching the ballots.
  • Skye Hamilton: An eighth-grade alpha who offers the secret room to whoever first finds the special key. The competition was rather fierce, all the girls in seventh grade trying to find ways to get into the beds of all the briarwood boys she's 'kissed'. In the Kristen novella, she had a crush on Dune Baxter until she fell in a pool of Jell-O and got angry when he laughed at her. She then goes off to Alpha Academy. She loves animals, mini things, glitter pens, dancing and boys. She is described as having white-blonde waves, Tiffany box-blue eyes and B-cups. She is the leader of a group called the DSL Daters (they make super-fast connections with boys) and in the early books, had a crush on Chris Abeley. Her parents own the Body Alive Dance Studio, so she gets free clothes. Her mother is a retired ballet dancer named Natasha Flailenkoff from Russia, while her dad is an American named Geoffrey. She is famous for the little charms she attaches to arm-sleeves. She is one of the main characters in the spin-off series "Alphas", where she competes to become the number one Alpha.
  • William Block: Massie's father, who is old friends with Claire's father, Jay Lyons. He is described as being serious with a balding head. He is a successful businessman and also a major pushover when it comes to giving Massie what she wants.
  • Kendra Block: Massie's Pilates-toned mother, who is very dramatic, anxious, and strict. She makes many efforts to keep peace in the household.
  • Todd Lyons: Claire's younger brother, who has curly red hair in the beginning of the series, becomes bald in the last two books. He turns bald when Massie persuades him to shave off all of his hair in order to convince Claire's ninth-grade friends that a lice epidemic was going on in My Little Phony. He is a major eavesdropper, and his excuse is that he has an "eavesdropping problem". Throughout the series he harbors a major crush on Massie, and has his first kiss with her, much to Massie's horror; it was her first kiss as well.
  • Tiny Nathan: He is Todd's best friend, and is described as being small with a squeaky voice. He is also an eavesdropper like Todd.
  • Nikki Dalton: The girl Claire thought Cam was cheating on her with in "Sealed with A Diss". However, she liked him when he didn't like her back. She is described as having black hair and long bangs that cover her eyes.
  • Heather: Best friends with Layne Abeley and Meena. She is described as being a major LBR who dresses oddly and likes to protest.
  • Layne Abeley: Witty and clever, Layne is Claire's first true friend at OCD. Sometimes referred to 'slow layne'. She is, according to the Pretty Committee, 'a total LBR'. Her style is very mixed and often mismatched. She has narrow green eyes and frizzy brown hair. She has many food obsessions and briefly dates Eli. Her brother is Chris Abeley.
  • Chris Abeley: Layne's older brother, who is described as cute with blue eyes and blonde hair. Massie liked him in the first book, "The Clique", but she then finds out he had a girlfriend, Fawn, who dumps him later on in the series, because of rumours that Chris was in love with his horse, Tricky, and he has a hard time getting over her.
  • Fawn: Chris Abeley's girlfriend up until "Sealed with a Diss". She is described as being gorgeous with blonde hair and a tiny waist. She dumps him after hearing a vicious rumor that he is in love with his horse, Tricky.
  • Tristan: Eli's best friend, described as being punk. He dances with Claire at the Halloweenie party, but she leaves him when he starts acting embarrassing.
  • Jakkob: Massie's trusted and fashionable stylist.
  • Brownie": Massie's beloved white horse.
  • Hadley Durk: The celebrity originally cast for Dial L for Loser. She is replaced by Claire after having a fight with Abby Boyd after she steals two of her boyfriends; Gabor and Palmer. She has Pocahontas braids and brown eyes. She and Claire share a love of Keds.
  • Abby Boyd: The actress who stole both of Hadley's boyfriends. She has a bad girl reputation. Her hair was wavy and dark, but then she cuts it short and dyes it blond for the movie. She pretends to be Claire's best friend for publicity.
  • Meena: She loves to dress oddly and protest like Layne and Heather.
  • Nina Callas: Alicia's slutty cousin, who steals all their boyfriends and the Clique's stuff in the fourth book Invasion of the Boy Snatchers. In the Alicia novella, she and Alicia have a terrible fight and become closer eventually. She has major D-cups and long, thick dark hair and hazel eyes. She is a reformed dork and only wanted Alicia to like her. In the same book, she was revealed to have stolen many boots from Alicia's cousins.
  • Celia and Isobel Callas: Nina's twin sisters. They are, at first, very nice to Alicia in her novella. Then it is revealed they only used her for her clothes. They get a taste of their medicine at the end of the book when they are forced to lick ice cream off a fat man's belly.
  • Nigeal: A British hottie Alicia and Nina meet in Alicia's novella. It is revealed he is the sexy Spanish pop star, and that he never goes out in public for fear of blowing his cover.
  • "Dempsey Solomon': The eco-friendly hottie who comes back to Westchester after losing his baby fat building homes in Africa. Massie and Layne like him until it is revealed he has a crush on Kristen Gregory. He plays soccer for a short time until he injures himself when Massie accidentally trips him.
  • Dune Baxter: Kristen’s surfer-boy summer crush, who has sandy blonde hair. He briefly likes Skye Hamilton, until he finds her to be a snob, and he starts liking Kristen instead, but they break up in P.S. I Loathe You when Kristen starts liking Dempsey.
  • Ripple Baxter: Dune’s younger sister, who is nine years old. Kristen tutors her over the summer, but then quits when she finds out Ripple only hired her as a tutor so she could learn how to look and act like Massie. Kristen nominates Ripple for the cheerleading squad in "P.S I Loathe You".
  • Nurse Adele: The school nurse that helped Claire when she first came to OCD. She owns a lost and found in the office and often chats with Claire.
  • Issac: Massie's chauffeur, who drives Massie and her friends to school as well as other places. Massie thinks of him as a "second dad" since he always tries to give her life advice and is very stern when he needs to be.
  • Inez: The Block family's live-in housekeeper.
  • Conner Foley: A Hollywood hottie who stars in Dial L for Loser alongside Claire. He had spiky black hair and olive-green eyes. He is spotted a lot with unlit cigarettes hanging out of his mouth. In Dial L for Loser, it seems as if he is crushing on every girl in the set, and he is later discovered to be dating Abby Boyd. Conner causes Claire and Cam to fight because he and Claire have a major make out session for the movie. Massie and Alicia send a picture of the two kissing to Claire's boyfriend, Cam Fisher.

List of novels[edit]

Title Date Length ISBN
The CliqueMay 5, 2004[1]224 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-70129-7
Claire Lyons and her family move from Orlando, Florida to Westchester, New York. While they look for a new home, they are staying in the Block family's guesthouse. Queen bee Massie Block and her clique known as the Pretty Committee--consisting of Alicia, Dylan, and Kristen--are less than delighted to have Claire around. When they reject her attempts at friendship, Claire decides to get revenge by impersonating Massie on instant messenger to learn the girls' secrets and break the group apart. Claire is discovered and is further ostracized until a school field trip in which Kirsten's homemade lip gloss causes an allergic reaction in their classmates. Claire saves the day and is forgiven by the Pretty Committee although Massie still refuses to accept Claire as a member.
Best Friends for NeverOctober 4, 2004[20]197 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-70131-0
As Halloween approaches, Massie plans to host the first boy/girl Halloween party of the 7th grade. Kristen and Dylan fight over the affections of Derek Harrington while Massie and Claire flirt with Cam Fisher, unbeknownst to the other. After the Committee wears inappropriate Halloween costumes to school, Principal Burns declares there will be new dress code: uniforms. Massie's parents convince the school to hold a contest/fashion show to select the uniform's design. Claire and Massie decide to put aside their differences and team up to win the uniform contest. Meanwhile, Alicia teams up with Olivia, whom she quickly befriended at the Halloween party. The Pretty Committee receives the best reception but they are surprised when Alicia and Olivia's design wins. They discover evidence that Alicia and Olivia cheated, and Massie vows revenge.
Revenge of the WannabesMarch 2, 2005[21]296 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-70133-4
After leading her dance class, Alicia, full of confidence, decides to throw her own sleepover and invite a few of her classmates. Massie is furious and kicks Alicia out of the Pretty Committee as punishment. Olivia convinces Alicia to establish her own rival clique and they set about recruiting Pretty Committee lookalikes. Alicia flirts with Cam Fisher's older brother, Harris, while Claire and Cam's burgeoning romance develops. Massie offers Claire membership in the Pretty Committee in exchange for dumping Cam, to which Claire reluctantly agrees. Massie and the Pretty Committee sabotage Alicia and Olivia's photo shoot prize from the uniform contest and reveal evidence of their cheating. When Massie learns Derek Harrington is interested in her, she helps Claire and Cam reconcile. Principal Burns agrees not to install uniforms, Harris dumps Alicia, and Alicia's clique falls apart. Humbled, Alicia apologizes to Massie and is welcomed back into the Pretty Committee.
Invasion of the Boy SnatchersOctober 5, 2005[22]256 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-70134-1
Alicia's cousin Nina from Spain arrives to spend the spring semester at OCD. Massie and Claire grow closer as Claire's father announced an impending move to Chicago. Massie dislikes Nina immediately and feels threatened as Nina quickly becomes the most popular girl at OCD. Massie distrusts Nina and her suspicions are confirmed when Nina flirts with the Pretty Committee's crushes. The Pretty Committee agrees that they must get rid of Nina. Alicia discovers that Nina stole her collection of designer shoes from her sisters and Todd confirms Nina has been stealing other items from students. They reveal Nina as a thief, and she is sent back to Spain, humiliated. Meanwhile, Claire believes Nina's lies that Cam is no longer interested in her so she kisses Josh, Alicia's crush. Cam discovers them and breaks up with her.
The Pretty Committee Strikes BackMarch 1, 2006[23]272 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-11500-1
The girls go on a class trip to Lake Placid. On the campground, the Briarwood boys are just cabins away. Massie quickly sets herself as an authority on how to kiss boys with her MUCK ("Massie's Underground Clinic for Kissing"), but secretly admits to Claire that she doesn't have any experience. Claire coaches Massie to lead the others and Massie kisses Derek Harrington in front of everyone to prove her knowledge of kissing. Meanwhile, Claire desperately tries reconcile with Cam while also keeping Alicia from finding out that she kissed Josh. To her dismay, Alicia reveals that she knows and pretends to kiss Cam to make Claire jealous. Cam admits to Claire that he was trying to make her jealous but wants her to be his first kiss. The Pretty Committee is discovered breaking the field trip's rules and are expelled from OCD.
Dial L for LoserAugust 23, 2006[24]272 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-11504-9
While expelled from school, Dylan invites the Pretty Committee to her mother's talk show, The Daily Grind. After Dylan accidentally blabs gossip about onset drama on the upcoming tween film "Dial L for Loser," the lead actress quits. Nevertheless, the director is impressed with the Pretty Committee and invites them to audition to replace the lead. Massie and Alicia are jealous when Claire wins the part, especially when Claire befriends her co-stars. Massie and Alicia host a segment to follow the filming for The Daily Grind and humiliate Claire. The friends fight, but when Claire discovers her co-stars are shallow and unreliable, she reaches out to the Pretty Committee and they reconcile. The Pretty Committee is re-admitted to OCD.
It's Not Easy Being MeanMarch 7, 2007[25]193 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-11506-3
The Pretty Committee's re-admittance to OCD depends on them joining the school's soccer team. Kristen is embarrassed by the Pretty Committee's lack of athleticism and focus, especially when 8th grade Alpha Skye Hamilton announces that the Pretty Committee must compete against the rest of the 7th grade to find the key to the 8th grade oasis, which will secure them as the next Alphas. Meanwhile, Claire is distracted by the demands of her burgeoning film career and decides to quit acting in order to focus on her friends and Cam. But Massie kicks Claire out of the Pretty Committee for not being sufficiently dedicated to the search for the key. Layne finds the key first but gives it to Claire, who then demands re-admittance to the Pretty Committee in exchange.
Sealed with a DissJuly 2, 2007[26]272 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-11506-3
After gaining the key to the 8th grade oasis, the Pretty Committee finds out they must get dates to Skye Hamilton's couples costume party and secure Skye's dream date, Chris Abbley, for her or else Skye will take back the key. Luckily, previous Alphas installed a hidden camera in the Briarwood classroom in which the male students talk about their emotions. The Committee tries to use the information to fix their problems, which backfires. Massie befriends Chris to set him up with Skye and is horrified when he flirts with her instead. When the hidden camera breaks, the Pretty Committee breaks into Briarwood to fix it, accidentally damaging a pipe. The Briarwood school floods and the boys are sent to OCD to finish the school year. Massie realizes the boys are now the alphas and declares a "boy fast" until they regain their popularity, much to Alicia's dismay.
Bratfest at Tiffany'sFebruary 5, 2008[27]227 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-00680-4
After being dumped by their respective crushes at Skye's party, the Pretty Committee is transformed into the New Pretty Committee (NPC) and Massie declares they will no longer fraternize with boys. Alicia works with Josh to kick the NPC out in the overflow trailers so they can stay together. Although the NPC tries to maintain the "boyfast," Massie is drawn to a new crush and Claire attempts to reconcile with Cam. Massie hires an image consultant to give themselves and the trailers a makeover, which restores their social standing. Massie then declares the "boy fast" over.
P.S. I Loathe YouFebruary 10, 2009[28]224 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-00681-1
When Layne and Massie both have a crush on Dempsey Solomon, Kristen must decide which friend to help. But when Dempsey starts flirting with her, Kristen decides to go after him for herself. Massie starts a cheerleading squad to have an excuse to be close to Dempsey, but Alicia doesn't like how Massie rules the squad and creates her own rival group. Dylan develops a crush on Massie's ex-boyfriend. Derrick, and is determined to get him behind Massie's back. Betrayed by her friends, Massie disbands the Pretty Committee and Claire remains her only friend.
Boys R UsJuly 7, 2009[29]272 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-00682-8
Alicia forms Briarwood Octavian Country Dayschool's (BOCD) first boy-girl clique, The Soul M8S. Meanwhile, Massie hires a group of four actress-models and creates her own enviable clique to steal the spotlight from Alicia and establish her dominance. Claire is forced to choose between Massie and The Soul M8S, as Alicia and Massie plan different parties with the most coveted invitations in town. Eventually, Alicia realizes the boys will not be commanded easily and Massie discovers hired friends are not as great as genuine ones. The two make up and reform the Pretty Committee.
Charmed and Dangerous: The Rise of the Pretty CommitteeOctober 27, 2009[30]192 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-05537-6
In the prequel to the series, Massie is stuck as a beta in a group, Alicia obsesses over her group's new dance routine, Dylan realizes she isn't as skinny as she thought, and Kristen babysits for money in hopes of climbing the social ladders. The four girls meet for the first time and decide to form their own clique. In Florida, Claire almost gets a kiss from her favorite boy band and dreams of one day achieving immense popularity.
These Boots Are Made for StalkingMarch 9, 2010[2]272 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-00683-5
Dylan, Alicia, and Kristen decide that like Massie, they want 9th grade crushes like her new crush, Landon Crane. They try to get Claire join them, but she is fully satisfied with Cam. However, Claire worries the Pretty Committee is outgrowing her. When Massie sees Landon with a mysterious girl with a bird tattoo, she becomes jealous. Meanwhile, the Pretty Committee organizes a charity fashion show for the holidays.
My Little PhonyJuly 3, 2010[31]ISBN 978-0-316-08444-4
For various reasons, the Pretty Committee have been banned from shopping by their respective parents. After Massie pranks Todd and Claire's other friends, she and Claire get into a fight and Claire decides to prank Massie back. Meanwhile, Massie worries about kissing Landon and her inexperience so she decides to go to his house and kiss him to get over her fear. Massie is embarrassed when she discovers she kissed Landon in front of his grandparents. Back home, Massie's parents reveal her father lost her job and they are now broke.
A Tale of Two PrettiesFebruary 15, 2011ISBN 978-0-316-08442-0
At Claire's urging, Massie admits to the Pretty Committee about being broke and they promise to stand by her, but changes are swirling around them. Dylan's family begins filming a reality show, Kristen joins an elite soccer team that takes up her time, and Alicia visits a psychic who predicts Alicia will become an alpha. Massie's father announces that he found a new job, but the family has to move to England. Massie is given the option to stay in Westchester with her friends. Massie visits Alicia's psychic, who predicts England is her destiny. Massie announces her move, and appoints Alicia as the new alpha. Claire and her family finally leave the Block's guest house into their own home in Layne's neighborhood. As the girls embark for high school, they vow to remain friends.

The Summer Books[edit]

Title Date Length ISBN
MassieApril 1, 2008[32]144 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-03210-0
Massie is kicked out of the Galwaugh riding camp and her parents aren't happy. They decide that Massie should get a summer job to pay for the tuition. Massie eventually decides she wants to work as a salesgirl for the cosmetic company Be Pretty to earn her money and the legendary purple streak, which grants priority status to any girl. She accomplishes this by telling her clients the brutal truth about how they look, and breaks the sales record using this tactic. When the owner of the company learns about this, she forces Massie to apologize, but she instead says she is "retiring," and steals the owner's hair streak device to give herself one.
DylanMay 6, 2008[33]144 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-03565-1
Dylan and her TV-host mom go to Hawaii for the aloha tennis open so Merri-Lee can interview the teen tennis sensation, "tennis the menace" Svetlana Slootskyia, who happens to have an uncontrollable temper. Dylan gets off on the wrong foot with Svetlana immediately. But Dylan needs Svetlana's help to learn the game of tennis in order to impress her summer crush, J.T. When the sadistic Svetlana humiliates her in front of J.T., who turns out to harbor a crush on the tennis phenom, Dylan gets revenge by making her lose her temper at a championship match, which humiliates Svetlana to go back into therapy. In the end, she spends the summer with male tennis champ Brady.
AliciaJune 3, 2008[34]144 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-02753-3
Alicia heads off to Spain for the summer, and is allowed to travel without her parents for the first time. While there, she works to get herself featured in a music video including a certain famous superstar.
KristenJuly 1, 2008[35]144 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-02752-6
Kristen is spending her summer at home in Westchester, tutoring a bratty 9-year-old girl named Ripple, who has aspirations of being like Massie. Ripple's brother Dune is a hot surfer, but he's got a crush on Skye Hamilton, the Alpha of the 8th grade. Kristen and the Witty Committee, why includes Claire's friend, LBR Layne Abeley, play a prank on Skye to transfer Dune's affections to Kristen. Also Kristen creates a friendship with someone unexpected.
ClaireAugust 5, 2008[36]144 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-02750-2
Claire goes to Florida to visit her old BFF's, Amanda, Sarah, and Sari. While there, Massie visits unexpectedly, and the girls end up competing in the "Miss Kiss" beauty contest. Claire's friends (including Massie) pressure her to vote for them for the title of "Miss Kiss". When Claire gets ask to be a celebrity host, Claire then will have to choose between her Florida BFF's, or The Pretty Committee. Claire ultimately chooses Massie once realizing that she is a true friend to her.

Other Clique Books[edit]

Title Date Length ISBN
CliquetionaryNovember 16, 200980 pp (first edition)ISBN 978-0-316-07065-2
The Cliquetionary defines vocabulary from the Clique series (such as "ah-mazing," "ehmagawd," etc.) & provides some insights from the Pretty Committee. Terms are taken from the book series.

Reception[edit]

The Clique was selected as a "Quick Pick For Reluctant Young Adult Readers" by YALSA.[37] Best Friends for Never was nominated for the 2005 Quill Awards in the "Young Adult/Teen" category.[38] Best Friends for Never reached The New York Times bestseller list in early February 2005, four months after it was published, but remained there only one week.[39] It returned in late February for another week, reaching #7.[40] Following the release of the next volume in the series, It entered the bestseller list again in late March, where it stayed another week, then in late April, where it remained for three weeks.[41][42][43] In late March it also made an appearance on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list, coming in at #9.[44] Copies of the novel have continued to sell in large numbers: nearly 150,000 in 2005,[45] over 200,000 in 2006,[46] and over 150,000 in 2007.[47]

Three of the novels from the "Summer Collection", Alicia, Dylan, and Massie, made the New York Times' Children's Books best seller list. On June 22, 2008, Alicia debuted on the list in first place, with Dylan and Massie placing second and sixth, respectively.[48]

Critical reviews[edit]

In reviewing the first novel, The Clique, reviewers remarked on the behavior of the characters, with Publishers Weekly noting that it "takes cliquish, snobbish behavior to Hollywood extremes" and School Library Journal saying that "the cruelty of the clique [is not] redeemed with any sort of a satisfying ending."[17][18] There were also comments about the novel's use of brand names: School Library Journal said that it "has trendy references kids will love"; Booklist expounded more on the subject, saying that the novel goes into "too much detail about how the super wealthy live" but added that it "has fun with the tyranny of brand names" - although they also cautioned that "the very specifics that teens will recognize will be 'so out' before the year is over." Additionally, Booklist described the instant messaging segments as "hilarious", while School Library Journal criticized "the shallowness of the characters" and "the one-dimensional plot".[18] Spero News says "At first, it's easy to hate this book and the shallow materialism that these characters embody. On the other hand, they're so impossible to take seriously that you have to laugh at them. These girls are so 13-going-on-30."[49]

Reviewers' general descriptions of Best Friends for Never focused on its lightweight nature and entertainment value: Book Loons called it "good soap operatic fun",[50] The Virginian Pilot said it was "a fairly quick and easy read",[51] Teen Reads found it to be "another quick, fun, enjoyable read",[52] while Romantic Times thought that it was "sinful, nasty fun" and gave it three stars.[53] More negative comments that were made included The Virginian Pilot's assertion that it "lacks the sophistication and style of deeper novels".[51] On the behavior of the characters—something the first volume was criticized for[17][18]Romantic Times said, "Good news for fans—the girls are just as catty now as they were before."[53] Book Loons added that it "does capture both the occasionally unpleasant verbal interactions and emotional vulnerability of pre-teen girls."[50] The book's cliffhanger ending was described as "perfect" by Teen Reads[52] and according to The Virginian Pilot is, along with the "mild twists", what made the novel an "interesting read."[51]

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