Literally the most pathetic book series I've ever read. And I should know, because I've read the first 5 books in the series (only out of boredom and because each book takes about a 1/2 hour to read. Go ahead, call me a lifeless loser.)
This Lisi Harrison woman calls herself an author--and yet she has the vocabulary of an 8 year old. "Massie looked proud." "Claire felt confused." Very sophisticated writing right there. She also can't come up with more than one plotline. If you take out the details, all the books are exactly the same: at first, Massie is perfect and popular. Then, someone comes in and threatens her position at the top. Oh no! Thankfully, Massie's ass-kissing "friends" step in and save the day. Hooray! Massie is back on top. Once you get to books 2-3, you start to think "haven't I read this before?" That's because you have. Once you get to books 4-5, you start to realize that it's the same story each time, and the author just fills in the blanks with details. Most of the characters are the same way. The four original "clique" girls (Massie, Alicia, Dylan and Kristen) have the same personalities ane are pretty much interchangable. The fact that one is poor and another is on a diet doesn't change anything. Claire, the new girl, is different though--at first. When I started reading the first book, I expected that it would be about how Claire overcomes the clique and gains confidence. Nothing happened in the first book, so I read the second one. By the end of the second book and the beginning of the third, Claire got sucked in to the clique. Now she is molded to the rest of the characters, and the books have no purpose except to show how Massie gets everything she wants. This, I'm guessing, goes on throughout the series (if I find time to read the rest of the series, I will, because I'm curious how idiotic the books actually get).
If you are very very bored like I was, then you'll probably get an hour or two of mindless entertainment out of these books. If you want to read a book about shallowness that doesn't take an ounce of thinking, then this is definitely the book for you. Otherwise, stay away from this book.
The Clique Series is a waste of paper and ink.