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 15 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.


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


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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 11 and 18+ year old Written byrainydayqueen August 3, 2009

The Clique Is Awesome....Except for Sexual Behavior

I love The Clique series especially this book but this book does have some sexualbehavior by 13 and 12 year olds.A girl wears very revealing outfits including t... Continue reading
Parent of a 13, 15, and 17 year old Written byparents4lyfe November 10, 2011

Absolutely Disgusting.

OMG. This book is DISGUSTING! Last year I went through my 15 year old daughter's room and I saw this book hidden in her nightstand. Curious to know what it... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGhillie December 26, 2010

How Not to Act

These books are good if girls get that it is making fun of mean girls. They have a lot of examples of how to stand up for yourself, and Claire is a good role mo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAlley B August 20, 2010

Fun, easy read

This is a good series if you are looking for a quick "junk food" read for a teen. However, there are a few concerns: the ideas about rich girls and po... 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?

Book details

For kids who love school stories

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