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The Clique by Lisi Harrison

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The Clique is a petty story about four best friends: Massie, being the leader; Dylan; Alicia; and Kristen. These girls are trying to survive the seventh grade, and by doing it in style. These four best friends are extremely snobby and are descendants from ridiculously wealthy families. They have nothing but the best designer clothes and makeup and live in the most lavish mansions. They are treated like mini adults and think that they have all the power and control in the world, even though they are just barely teenagers.


By being given everything they desire, they have come to expect that same treatment everywhere they go. Looking good is their job, and disrespecting others who are less fortunate is their hobby. Things get a little crazy for the leader Massie, when an old friend of her father’s shows up with his wife and two children who are to stay in their pool house until they get their feet back on the ground. One child is named Claire and she happens to be Massie’s age. Massie refuses to accept the poor and unfashionable Claire. Wearing overalls and Keds, Massie thinks Claire is a walking advertisement for Target unlike her, who wouldn’t be caught dead in that store. There is no way that Massie would ever be seen with her at school or even inside her own house.


Massie is forced to deal with Claire on a daily basis and continues to treat her like dirt. Massie and her three best friends constantly gang up on Claire and are always making her look like a fool. Claire is tired of Massie’s evil ways but just desperately wants to fit in with her group. She comes up with a plan to accomplish that. She sneaks into Massie’s room at night while she is out walking her dog. Claire gets on her instant messaging and poses as Massie while talking to her friends. She tells them that she now likes Claire, and wants her part of the group. This lie along with many others turns the friendship of these girls into turmoil. Kristen, Dylan, and Alicia eventually turn against Massie and make Claire their new leader.


Massie finally gets what she deserves, until the plan backfires. Massie and her friends discover the truth about Claire and things go back to normal. Claire realizes that these girls aren’t worth fighting for and that she would be much better off without their fake friendship. This is a story about the survival in the social world and how some girls would do anything to fit in.