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Dial L for Loser: A Clique Novel

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Tween book is S for superficial, C for catty.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 11+
the only reason you stuffy fuddy-dudshave a problem is because youre too poor to afford it there is nothing wrong with wearing designer clothes my daughter does GAWSH get a life

This title has:

Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
age 11+

Excellent, well-written read for 6th grade and up

Dial L for Loser is a well-written guilty pleasure novel that is an enjoyable and entertaining read for 6th grade and up. Kids will enjoy the tongue-in-cheek comebacks and the fun details of the wealthy and privileged. Your children should be smart enough to realize that this is guilty pleasure fiction and should not be taken seriously. A+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (40):

There's no doubt that author Lisi Harrison, a writer for MTV, knows the female tween crowd -- what appeals, what's trendy, what's enticing. And clearly with the following of the Clique series, she's touched a nerve with this demographic.

But instead of creating a novel that helps girls see through the shallow world of cliques like the book's Pretty Committee, DIAL L FOR LOSERS perpetuates stereotypes of kids, specifically girls, being malicious, gossipy, jealous, materialistic, and unable to learn from experiences in a way that shows maturation and taking responsibility for yourself. While the "nerdy" (and most sympathetic) character does appear to get a taste of popularity and learn something about herself, the others are as self-involved at the end of the book as they were in the beginning.

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