The Clique Summer Collection: Massie

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Rich-girl series is so materialistic it hurts.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 30 reviews

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age 11+

Good Book If You Enjoyed Books/Shows Like Gossip Girl

The Clique series by Lisi Harrison is a great book series for tween/teen girls. I've read SO many reviews, good and bad, and I myself have my own opinions. I personally love the series, the movie too. I learned about it from my older sister, who also use to read the books. The Clique Summer Collection: Massie, basically takes place in the Hamptons, where Massie Block is bound to spend her summer. She got kicked out of horse camp, all of her friends are on vacation, and her parents want her to get herself a summer job. She finds herself in a situation where she is working to become the top seller for a cosmetics brand labeled, Be Pretty. Instead of doing what the brand insist upon, which is helping clients bring out their natural beauty, she tells them the honest to God truth and what they can do to fix it. The book is very well written, and if you enjoy realistic books as such, I promise you will enjoy this one. It's quite short in my opinion, but there are multiple on-going books in the collection. Since it's short, it may be better for tween girls who don't enjoy reading super long novels. The book, of course, is very materialistic. But what were you expecting? The main plot throughout the series takes place in Westchester NY, in an all-girls private school. filled to the top with snotty, designer wearing girls, who all have lives and normal problems hidden behind their Marc Jacobs and Prada masked selves. A ton of parents claim that after reading the plot, they will never let their child read the books, or that they regret it. But isn't that basically judging a book by its cover? If you really want to know what the book is actually like, read one for yourself (they're really not that long). And this is coming from a current 14-year-old herself. I'm not trying to "defend" the book, if you don't want your child reading it, okay, that's your choice. But I will tell you now that it's a VERY enjoyable book if you have a young daughter (or son!) who you believe will be able to relate to such characters, and enjoys a good, humorous novel.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much consumerism
age 15+

Trashy series

As a mother, I am so disappointed that I bought this series for my 11 year old daughter. She chose it off the Scholastic magazine that the teacher sends home, so I thought it would be good. This series is full of spoiled brats who are mean, selfish and materialistic. The books are filled with brand name this and brand name that -- most of which I am unfamiliar with. There is even reference to plastic surgery & dieting. I have read two of these books with my daughter and we have used it as an opportunity to talk about all the bad things in them. I wish I had read the reviews beforehand but I guess I am naïve and never dreamt that this kind of trashy filth would be marketed to 6th graders.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

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