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The Ashleys is a book series by Melissa de la Cruz about [[GirlPosse three]] [[AlphaBitch girls]] all named Ashley. They rule Miss Gamble's Preporatory School for girls with a (manicured) iron fist. Ashley Spencer is top dog, Ashley "A.A." Alioto is the tomboy and Ashley "[=LiLi=]" Li is the AsianAndNerdy girl being raised by her EducationMama. Enter [[NaiveEverygirl Lauren]], whose family suddenly becomes rich when her fathers new site [[Website/YouTube Yourtv]] takes off. She decides to take down the Ashleys and 'free' the rest of the school from their power.

Unfortunately, Lauren is an Ashley at heart with few redeeming qualities and she finds herself trying not to take them down, but trying to fit in and becoming more like them. And while she's still trying to take the Ashley's out, her plan becomes less 'to free the school' and more 'so I can rule it'.

Not to be confused with [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} the other Ashleys]] (though they're very snobby as well).

!! The series contains the following books:

* There's a New Name In Town
* Jealous?
* Birthday Vicious
* Lip Gloss Jungle

!!This series exhibits the following tropes:

!!! Note: For reference, Ashley Spencer will be referred to as Ashley, Ashley Li as [=LiLi=] and Ashley Alioto as A.A.

* AchillesHeel: Ashley and nuts.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://melissa-delacruz.com/index.php/diary/entry/the_ashleys_the_end/ THE END]] tells the story of the girls after the series, well... ends.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Ashley's Mother[[note]]Who dresses like it's still the nineties.[[/note]] and Father[[note]]Who is obsessed with philosophy.[[/note]]
* AntiVillain: All the Ashleys. Especially A.A.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and BreadEggsMilkSquick: Almost always whenever in Ashley's perspective these two tropes come up.
* ArtShift: The book covers change from Silouhettes of the Ashleys and Lauren on a coloured background to a live action image for Lip Gloss Jungle. The original covers for books 1-3 were also redone in this style.
* TheBeard: ''Ashley Spencer'' for Cooper.
* ComingOutStory: Cooper.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Ashley, [=LiLi=] and Lauren treat this like a sport.
* DawsonCasting: The girls on the new book covers are clearly older than 12/13.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [=LiLi=] goes camping without her parents permission with some Reed Prep kids, it ''is'' pretty bad, but her parents then put her under house arrest (''During the school year'') and cut her off from the rest of the world for a week afterwards.
* EducationMama: Lili's mom, Nancy Khan. Also known as 'Gengis Khan'.
* EmoTeen: Max, Jezebel and the rest of the Reed Prep kids. It's 'arty'.
* FollowTheLeader: To Literature/TheClique.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: After Lauren joins, Lili is Melancholic, Ashley is Choleric, A.A. is Phlegmatic and Lauren is Sanguine.
* GamerChick: Averted with A.A., she might be a girl but it's never really brought or made a fuss of.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ashley Spencer after [[AllThereInTheManual she's shipped off to Boarding School.]]
* HighSchoolDance: Middle school dance, the first book.
* IdiotBall: Lauren, all the time. Especially when her idiocy actually manages to create The S Society, which makes her original plan much more complicated.
* InformedAbility: Lauren's apparent intelligence, Lauren's niceness (She calls her dad a computer geek from book 1, she considered hanging out with an asthmatic girl torture), A.A.'s spaciness (She's much more perceptive than Ashley and [=LiLi=] half the time)
* JerkAss: Ashley, Lauren and [=LiLi=]. Sadie too at the end of ''Birthday Vicious'' onward.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [=LiLi=].
* KarmaHoudini: Lauren, she two times Christian in ''Birthday Vicious'' and he forgives her in about two chapters while Alex suddenly becomes gross and undateable. Averted in ''Lip Gloss Jungle''.
* TheLadette: A.A.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Lauren loses all her money in the Recession after becoming more of a bitch that all the Ashley's combined.
* LongDistanceRelationship: A.A. and Tri, post-series.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Ashley, [=LiLi=]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Lauren's reaction to Sadie's [[BeAWhoreToGetYourMan new]] personality, ''that she caused''.
* NaiveEverygirl: Lauren ''before'' the first book.
* OutGambitted: You'd think Lauren would quit trying to play with the Ashleys by now. Especially since her plans tend to explode in her face if the Ashleys don't out gambit her.
* RealityShow: ''Preteen Queen'' from ''Jealous''.
* RedOniBlueOni: Ashley and [=LiLi=], respectively
* [[RememberTheNewGuy Remember The New Girl]]: Sadie was apparently friends with Lauren when she was younger up to fourth grade, she is never mentioned in the flashbacks to fourth grade in ''There's a New Name In Town''.
* RichBitch: Ashley.
* StatusQuoIsGod: What the Ashleys are trying to create at Miss Gable's.
* JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories: ''There's a New Name in Town'' and ''Literature/TheClique #1'' have plots that both feature a poor blonde girl who tries to get into the popular crowd while gaining the respect of some people in the crowd but not the main AlphaBitch and while somehow gaining the attention of the GirlPosse's main crush and triggering somebody's nut allergy.
* TenMinutesInTheCloset: Mentioned but averted with [=LiLi=], then played straight with A.A. and Tri.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: A.A. and [=LiLi=]
* TwoTimerDate: ''Lauren'' of all people with Christian and Alex for the entirety of ''Jealous'' and the first half of ''Birthday Vicious''.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: A.A. for Tri in ''Jealous'', Ashley helped. Then zig-zagged in ''Birthday Vicious'' when Tri tells A.A. he loves her and A.A. still has to think about it. They eventually get married after an on-again off-again relationship.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ashley and [=LiLi=]
* XanatosSpeedChess: Ashley and [=LiLi=] from ''Jealous'' onwards.
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