The Invasion of the Boy Snatchers: A Clique Novel

Common Sense Media says

Mean, label-loving girls are awful role models.

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Sex

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

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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Not only does this book have bad 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.

Overall, targeting a book that's mostly about clothes, boys, popularity, and power to tween girls just seems wrong, especially since there are no real lessons learned.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the amount of products mentioned here. 

  • Have you heard of the brands? 

  • Is it realistic that a 12-year-old would have so much stuff?

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

  • Do you envy these girls?

Book details

Author:Lisi Harrison
Genre:Friendship
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:January 6, 2006
Number of pages:256
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Read aloud:9
Read alone:9

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Parent of a 11 and 19 year old Written byrainydayqueen August 3, 2009
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11
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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 tight low rise jeans,a fur covered coat that doesn't cover her midriff,a gold tube top that her breasts don't fit into and see through harem pants.She also talks about kissing boys and having them at her 4th grade parties, jokes about her virginity,and uses her breasts and sexual dancing to get boys attention.Another characther longs for a kiss from her boyfriend but accidently kisses her friends crush thanks to her friends cousin"Nina the Sex Machina".A girl takes off her bra in class and throws it across the room.Girls talk about cup sizes,kissing and looking sexy.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent Written byCommonSenseParent November 23, 2010
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8
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Excellent, well-written read for 3rd grade and up

Invasion of the Boy Snatchers is a well-written guilty pleasure novel that is an enjoyable and entertaining read for 3rd 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+
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 13, 15, and 17 year old Written byparents4lyfe November 10, 2011
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18
QUALITY
 

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 was about, I read a page here and there and all I have to say is that it is definitely not even appropriate for children of any age! If you want your children to grow up right, don't feed them anything with a bad message, and this book sure has the biggest bad message I have ever seen. Do not allow your children to read this trashy, poorly-written book.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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