Disclaimer: I get all my books from the library.
Today's novel is The Clique by Lisi Harrison.
This book is definitely MG, and a total surprise for me. I was sitting in a junior high English class with nothing to do because I'd already finished my other book. So I went to the teacher's book shelf and chose a short one that I thought I could finish in the time left.
I don't know what I expected, but this short novel about 12-year-old girls trying to fit in with each other was refreshingly fun. Claire, a typical middle class girl, moves into a posh neighborhood where the other girls her age carry around credit cards and spend $600 on a dress. Yikes!
Thus begins a very severe battle to fit in. Claire wants to fit in, just like most girls, so I think teenage girls will be able to connect with the characters quite well. At least Claire. The other characters are so out of my league that I could hardly fathom their lives, though for this reason it was quite interesting when the book got behind their eyes and into their POV.
There were a few moments where I thought Claire switched her personality too drastically, but overall she remained true to herself. A very hard position to be in. There are several books in this series, apparently. They are quick reads and I would enjoy picking them up and reading them. I wouldn't buy these for myself, but a preteen girl would enjoy them a lot.
I'd give this book a C+.
A = Buy this book NOW
B = Buy this when you can
C = Check it out from the library
D = Don't bother reading it
F = Burn it
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