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OMG, IDK I discovered this series via a video rental from Blockbuster a few years ago I actually rented the movie prior to reading any of the books The series has been on my bookshelf in the to read piles The movie captured my interest in regards to the many topics it eluded to bullying fashion wealthy elite friendship cliques adolescence fashion magazines all of them How many of us are Claire s and Layne s Massie s and Alicia s Kristen s and Dylan s How many of us are truly ind OMG, IDK I discovered this series via a video rental from Blockbuster a few years ago I actually rented the movie prior to reading any of the books The series has been on my bookshelf in the to read piles The movie captured my interest in regards to the many topics it eluded to bullying fashion wealthy elite friendship cliques adolescence fashion magazines all of them How many of us are Claire s and Layne s Massie s and Alicia s Kristen s and Dylan s How many of us are truly independent from worrying about what people think of us How many of us despair about being lonely, alone and friendless How many of us feel trapped within a friendship or relationship we want to escape, venture out on our own, spread our wings and explore our ability to shine expressing our own ideas and ideals within our own communities How many of us have received a scholarship to attend school Why do some of us want to be accepted by others who don t truly care about our feelings and allow themselves to be insulted regardless of how they feel on the inside This series truly answers what some will do to belong regardless of themselves and what they will do to maintain a status quo The influence of fashion magazines, has in my opinion, gained a strong measure of influence and control over kids and adults, 12 years old and older Not all kids can afford a skirt they see in Seventeen for 400.00 Not all parents are going to the mall and maxing out their credit cards for their kids Believe me, I know a lot of parents who say No to their kids Many parents are now getting smart and reading some of the magazines their kids read, especially Cosmopolitan Many mom s I know, tell me they don t allow their daughter s to read Cosmo because it isn t age appropriate Many mom s aren t impressed with the fashion styles their daughter s wear either because the fashion styles are too adult, revealing and sometimes hookeresque.The sociological and psychological epiphany in this series opens the door for all of us, parent s included, to understand how mainstream society is muchinfluential toward gaining popularity due to the designer factor than in the recent past What s hot and what s not Who s in and who s out How do we really know the societal answer to these questions and how are we able to truly keep up with the continuous bi polar, masochistic, sadistic and narcissistic mind games being played out in our relationships on a daily basis To read is to become enlightened, engrossed, stigmatized, alarmed, forewarned, shockingly astute and learn how to become fashion forward and what it means to be fashion backward a big fashion no no However, are you willing to break your piggy bank to become a fashion trend setter Only you know the answer to this question Is Seventeen the mag for you, Teen Vogue or are you an American Girl I like Keds personally and they re comfy shoes Are cliques truly worth the trouble they create in order to fit in Most cliques aren t socially creative to provide a communal support system they lack genuine self esteem models Mostly, they are created to assume the mainstream conformity status quo.Although, there do exist a few cliques who genuinely form a commitment to create bonds of self esteem support within the group, because members who want to attract like minded people who support their own philosophies, such as environmentalism, PETA, etc Some, however, possess maladies of conformity through the mainstream society as to partake in spending money to support fashionista criteria by insisting their members follow suit Many are unable to afford these grandiose expenditures how can economic separation afford the costs to maintain members only validation Is it worth the risk to be an outsider Why must we be forced to choose what it is we want over what someone else decides for us Too many people give up their identity to belong to a clique and lose sight of who they are, or, they are unable to develop their self identity because they gave up their rights over themselves to others.I believe cliques are becoming a stronger influence in today s society because we are now being forced to have full inclusions I don t believe we should be forced to accept everyone into our social circles because we won t get along with everyone We have a right to decide who we want to become friends with and we have a right to deny those who we feel don t share our philosophies This is our individual Democratic right as a citizen This book is a event filled book It tells you that when you get everything you want you just keep wantingAlicia shows this by going behind her best friends back and cheating to win a school best dressed modeling competition Now that Massie found out about Alicia she is really mad and they aren t friends anySince Massie and Alicia are no longer friends Massie is starting to be a lotnice to Claire who she was never nice to Cliare moved in to Massie s guest house because her This book is a event filled book It tells you that when you get everything you want you just keep wantingAlicia shows this by going behind her best friends back and cheating to win a school best dressed modeling competition Now that Massie found out about Alicia she is really mad and they aren t friends anySince Massie and Alicia are no longer friends Massie is starting to be a lotnice to Claire who she was never nice to Cliare moved in to Massie s guest house because her family didn t have enough money to buy their own house yet When I was in junior high, my friends and I read the Sweet Valley High series, about 16 year old identical twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and friends in Sweet Valley, California It wasn t educational or thought provoking, but that fluff did reinforce the values of honesty and loyalty among friends Even Jessica, thesuperficial twin with a new boyfriend every week, was essentially a good person who stuck up for her friends and had empathy for others.Times have changed, and now we ha When I was in junior high, my friends and I read the Sweet Valley High series, about 16 year old identical twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and friends in Sweet Valley, California It wasn t educational or thought provoking, but that fluff did reinforce the values of honesty and loyalty among friends Even Jessica, thesuperficial twin with a new boyfriend every week, was essentially a good person who stuck up for her friends and had empathy for others.Times have changed, and now we have The Clique, a series set in wealthy Westchester County, just north of New York City, and featuring a group of shallow 12 year olds who spend their time using their parents credit cards to buy outfits from the latest issue of Vogue This collection features the first three books The Clique, Best Friends for Never, Revenge of the Wannabes Massie Block is the leader of the clique, which also includes Kristen the athletic one , Dylan the slightly overweight redhead , and Alicia who secretly wants to take Massie s place as the group s leader Enter Claire, whose family has moved to the area from Florida Claire s father is an old friend of Massie s dad, so Claire s family her parents and 10 year old brother Todd will be staying in the guesthouse of the Block family s estate.Massie is a spoiled diva with virtually no redeeming qualities We grow to like her a bit as she is won over by Claire in the course of the first three books in this series which currently numbers fourteen , but if she hadn t been so superficial, she wouldn t have spurned Claire in the first place simply because she isn t rich or trendy enough for Massie The fact that Massie is inexperienced and nervous around boys is the most successful method of gaining readers sympathy.The reader immediately feels empathy for Claire Who can t relate to being the new girl or guy , moving into an established group worrying about making friends Claire s brother Todd provides much needed comic relief with his crush on Massie, as well as the sibling squabbling with Claire Most of the characters, however, are stereotypes.The stupidity of the adults is also staggering Both Claire s and Massie s parents are oblivious to the hostility between the two girls And when Massie makes barbed comments to Claire in front of them, they say nothing.The most revolting aspect of the books is the way the characters accept Massie s social domination as the natural order of things After a failed attempt to lead a clique of her own, Alicia reflects that Massie is the natural alpha and is content to return to the beta position in her group Even Claire, to whom Massie has been repeatedly, inexcusably rude, notes that Massie s friendship has to be earned by those who deserve it.I have friends with pre teen girls and have worked with kids this age they were nothing like the vapid, scheming, appearance obsessed girls in The Clique Collection Even accounting for differences in lifestyle, income bracket, and geography, the protagonists of these novels are completely unbelievable.Review by Karen Duda I loved this series This is the first 3 books in the Clique series and I have to say that I am hooked I am a twenty something year old mom and I want to buy all of the rest of the series It really transports you to the world of the clique and back to middle school and high school Lisi Harrison does a great job on the story and does it in a very funny way that everyone can relate to from either side of a clique I love the environment of the books and the Fashion slang that Lisi adds to the b I loved this series This is the first 3 books in the Clique series and I have to say that I am hooked I am a twenty something year old mom and I want to buy all of the rest of the series It really transports you to the world of the clique and back to middle school and high school Lisi Harrison does a great job on the story and does it in a very funny way that everyone can relate to from either side of a clique I love the environment of the books and the Fashion slang that Lisi adds to the book Very fun, easy read A typical teenage drama book but I must say is written very well LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it Been there read that This book is a event filled book It tells you that when you get everything you want you just keep wantingAlicia shows this by going behind her best friends back and cheating to win a school best dressed modeling competition Now that Massie found out about Alicia she is really mad and they aren t friends anySince Massie and Alicia are no longer friends Massie is starting to be a lotnice to Claire who she was never nice to. .READ E-PUB ♷ The Clique Collection ♺ A boxed set of first three books in theNew York Times bestselling series, including The Clique, Best Friends for Never, and Revenge of the WannabesBrave the social minefields of Westchester County s most privileged middle school for girls in this addictive and bestselling series, set in suburban New York City s Westchester CountyThe Clique the only thing harder than getting in is staying in I thought that this book was really good I learned that you should just be yourself when you get involved with a clique. I ve read the entire series. Addicting series for young, YOUNG adolescents I read this couple years ago, but now it just seems banal and unrealistic However, I do remember it being very exciting.