The Invasion of the Boy Snatchers: A Clique Novel

Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Mean, label-loving girls are awful role models.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 125 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

While clearly meant as a satire on popular (and consumer obsessed) culture, a lot of young girls may miss it and focus instead on the fake, vapid world of the Pretty Committee. Approach with caution and utilize the book as a discussion point with your preteen. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The friends in this clique aren't as concerned about one another's feelings as they are about popularity and power. They ultimately pull a humiliating prank on a new student without any consequeces or lesson learned.

Violence
Sex

Sexily clad students, talk about kissing (including a wager about who will get kissed first), jokes about virginity.

Language
Consumerism

Lots of products mentioned, from designer labels to junk food: YSL, Jimmy Choo, Starbucks, Diet Coke.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book features lots of labels, including constant references to high-end fashion, singers, technology, and even junk food. Even though the main characters are only 12, the book glamorizes style, romance, and popularity. The Pretty Committee is definitely not about girl power: One character has a weight obsession, and the friends don't seem that concerned when one of the members has a fever-induced hallucination.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byNatalie M. May 30, 2018

Invasion of the Pearl Clutchers

Anyone who is getting their panties in a bunch thinking that the book is encouraging kids to be materialistic clearly hasn't actually read the book. The cl... Continue reading
Adult Written byKateandWillsMom March 18, 2014

Boob Job, Wet T Shirt Contest, Major Cleavage, Slut: In Massies's Own Words ...

"It Sucks!"
This book is disgusting and is not appropriate for tweens. I am shocked that the CSM review mentions consumerism and mean girl actions a... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 13, 2013

THE CLIQUE

Come on, its not bad. Just because its a good book doesnt mean well do that. Sexual Ref. B***h thats it. We dont want to be bullies. OK!!!!
Kid, 10 years old October 13, 2012

Actually quite entertaining

I read this series at 8 and understood it well enough. Actually entertaining reads for kids who know how to handle the messages. (generally because the girls ar... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this fourth installment in the Clique series, Alicia's Spanish cousin transfers for a semester to their private girls' school. The 13-year-old appears to win over the boys instantly with her sexy clothes and talk. Massie schemes to get control -- of the guys and of her clique, too.

Is it any good?

Not only does this book have negative messages, but it isn't even well-written, limiting its appeal even as a guilty pleasure. The author occasionally captures middle school behavior well: Even these sophisticated girls worry about first kisses, send each other constant text messages, and tell lame jokes. One of the popular boys is even known for dropping his pants and doing his "famous butt-wiggle." But these moments are wedged between extravagant parties, mean talk, and elaborate revenge plots.

Targeting a book mostly about clothes, boys, popularity, and power to tween girls just seems wrong, especially because there are no real lessons learned.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the amount of products mentioned here. Have you heard of the brands? 

  • What sort of impact does all this label-dropping have on readers? 

  • Is it realistic that a 12-year-old would have so much stuff? Do you envy these girls?

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