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''The Clique'', a series of [[YoungAdultLiterature middle-school novels]] by Lisi Harrison, revolves around the lives of the Pretty Committee: Massie Block, Claire Lyons, Dylan Marvil, Alicia Rivera, and Kristen Gregory. These spoiled seventh-graders (later eighth-graders) consider themselves the experts of fashions of Octavian Country Day School, and aren't afraid to let other students know what they think of them. In a nutshell, a series in which the AlphaBitch and her GirlPosse are the protagonists.

The books are bestsellers (though it recently seems to have become DeaderThanDisco), and a direct-to-DVD adaptation of the first book was released in fall 2008. There's also a graphic novel and DS game.

[[DrinkingGame/TheClique Drinking game here.]]

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[[folder: Canonically, the series is as follows: ]]

* ''[[{{Prequel}} Charmed and Dangerous: The Rise of the Pretty Committee]]''
* ''The Clique''
* ''Best Friends for Never''
* ''Revenge of the Wannabes''
* ''Invasion of the Boy Snatchers''
* ''The Pretty Committee Strikes Back''
* ''Dial L for Loser''
* ''It's Not Easy Being Mean''
* ''Sealed with a Diss''
* ''The Clique Summer Collection''
** ''Massie''
** ''Dylan''
** ''Alicia''
** ''Kristen''
** ''Claire''
* ''Bratfest at Tiffany's''
* ''P.S. I Loathe You''
* ''Boys R Us''
* ''These Boots are Made for Stalking''
* ''My Little Phony''
* ''A Tale of Two Pretties''
[[note]]Chronologically ''Charmed and Dangerous'' was published between ''Boys R Us'' and ''These Boots Are Made For Stalking''. [[/note]]
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Todd, for Massie and Alicia.
* AdultsAreUseless: Alicia actually depends on this, pretending to be [[BeautyEqualsGoodness sweet]] when around adults and downright ruthless when they aren't present.
** Pretty much any adult character in this series.
* AlphaBitch: Massie.
** Alicia tries to become one throughout the series but continuously fails.
* AlternateUniverse: The {{Prequel}} contradicts most of the series' canon and includes some (legitimate) fortune telling.
* AmbiguousDisorder: See TheSociopath.
* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: Dylan decides to gossip about the stars of "Dial L for Losers" in the bathroom of the set of The Daily Grind. The problem? The co-host's mic was on, so the audience (and the stars of DLFL) heard '''everything.'''
* TheBeautifulElite: The protagonists and most of the other characters.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' mess with Massie's Clique, or her friends.
** Dylan discovers Svetlana's Berserk Button in her Summer Collection title.
* BigBadWannabe: Alicia, but her attempts to outdo Massie always fail.
* BigFancyHouse: Massie, Alicia. To a less emphasized degree, Dylan.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Literally addressed in "Best Friends for Never" when the girls present various "uniforms" for different colorations (the blonde role being split between Kristen's dark and Claire's light, brunette as Massie, and redhead as Dylan.)
* ButtMonkey: Dylan becomes this post-{{Flanderization}}
* BuffySpeak: ''Massie''-speak, including her [[CatchPhrase catch phrases]] mentioned below.
* [[CatchPhrase Catchphrases]]:
** Alicia: "Point."; "given" ; "I heart X.".
** Massie: "Ehmagawd", "Ah-bviously"; "Ah-dorable"; "Are you a... Then why are you...?".
* ClearMyName: The latter half of the first book after Claire hijacks Massie's IM.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Layne.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The entire Pretty Committee.
* CostumePorn: Outfits are usually described in this manner.
* CountryMouse: Claire.
* DawsonCasting: The girls on the cover of the books are ''clearly'' not 7th/8th graders.
** Let alone the movie. [[GoodLuckCharlie Bridgit Mendler]], [[HowToRock Samantha Boscarino]], [[SwitchedAtBirth Vanessa Marano]] and [[{{Victorious}} Elizabeth Gillies]] had ''clearly'' outgrown the middle school-aged roles even by then.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Massie, Claire and the rest of the Committee do a pretty good job.
* {{Determinator}}: After Kristen fails with the Glambition project, she turns in a ''bankruptcy report'' as her project.
* TheDitz: Alicia's friend and almost beta Olivia.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Alicia
* EggSitting: With synthetic babies in Claire's class in ''Bratfest at Tiffany's''.
* ExtrudedBookProduct: Although the entire series was written by a single author, the series was originally conceived by a company that specializes in marketing online content towards teens, and then searched for a writer to realize the series (eventually settling on an {{MTV}} marketing and product development specialist with no prior novel publishing experience, which may explain some of the series' flaws).
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Well, a [[DirectToVideo Direct-to-DVD movie]].
* {{Fauxreigner}}: Alicia's dad (Mr. ''Rivers'') isn't Spanish, but pretended to be so that he could marry his spanish supermodel wife, he then changed his surname to ''Rivera''.
* FilleFatale: Nina.
** FridgeBrilliance (or FridgeHorror depending on your point of view): The age of consent in Spain is 13.
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Massie
** TheDragon: Alicia
** TheEvilGenius and TheBrute: Kristen
** TheDarkChick: Dylan
** SixthRanger: Claire.
** TagalongKid: A few qualify: The Briarwood boys, particularly Derrington and Cam. Occasionally, Todd Lyons. [[spoiler: Increasingly as the series wraps up, Layne, culminating into being made an unofficial member of the PC at the very end of the series.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: With each book Dylan becomes a bigger BigEater and gets more disgusting.
** And Kristen gets more paranoid and uptight about grades and getting grounded.
** And Claire obsesses more over her relationship status with Cam.
** And Layne becomes more and more of a GranolaGirl - and ''then'' further Flanderized into an outright NewAgeRetroHippie SoapboxSadie.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Four-Girl Ensemble]]: Before Claire's arrival there's the sanguine one (Dylan), the choleric one (Kristen), the melancholic one (Alicia), and the phlegmatic one (Massie)
* FriendlyEnemy / FriendlyRivalry: Massie and Layne edge closer and closer to this towards the end. Massie also admits one of the reasons why she admitted Claire into the PC was because she was impressed with how she stood up to her during the events of the first book.
* GagBoobs: Alicia's, [[{{Squick}} which are implied to be fake]].
* [[GaidenGame Gaiden Book]]: The "Summer Collection"; the subsequent books still lean on plot developments that happen in these books (particularly the events in ''Kristen'') but for the most part they're stories that take place outside of the PC.
* {{Gasshole}}: Dylan burps a lot.
* GeckoEnding: The movie's ending implies that Massie leaves the Committee and starts hanging out with Claire.
* GenderBlenderName: Dylan, though a few girls in RealLife might have it.
* GeniusDitz: Massie is amazingly proficient with History and Sociology (Even going so far as to nicknaming Julius Caesar J.C. which causes some issues) but still doesn't see that the Pretty Comittee is kind of just holding her back from doing something important and/or worthwhile.
* GirlPosse: Kristen, Alicia, Dylan, and Claire make up Massie's Girl Posse.
** For multiple times throughout the series, Alicia forms her own girl posses, one of them even includes boys.
** [[spoiler: Kristen and Layne have their own secret Girl Posse.]]
* GrayAndGreyMorality: It's a series about the AlphaBitch and her GirlPosse.
* HeroProtagonist: Dylan, Kristen and Claire in their eponymous-titled Summer Collection books. Proof that these girls really are better off without the Pretty Committee.
* HighSchoolDance: Middle school dance, actually. Nina goes to the Love Struck dance at Octavian Country Day School dance with Derrington, who is Massie's crush.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Allie-Rose Singer, who's a good foot taller than every other girl in the seventh grade.
* IndecisiveParody[=/=]IndecisiveDeconstruction: Is the series making fun of these girls, showing how messed up they are, or glorifying them?
* InUniverseNickname: Massiechists (People who are obsessed with Massie and wish she liked them.)
** Leesh for Alicia and Kris, Dyl and Mass for... Kristen, Dylan and Massie.
** Derrington for Derrick.
** Claire is called "Kuh-laire" in the first couple of books.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Several characters have this mindset. Whenever Massie or Alicia is concerned, it often becomes the defining theme.
* JerkAss: Alicia is undisputably one, Massie goes between this and ThePowerOfFriendship, Kristen is only one when provoked, Dylan is never this and Claire only when she wants something.
* {{The Joy of X}}: ''Dial L for Loser'', a play on Alfred Hitchcock's ''{{Dial M for Murder}}''.
* KarmaHoudini: The Pretty Committee get away with a ''lot'' of things, but Alicia is always forgiven no matter what she does to the committee.
* LittleMissSnarker: Kristen.
* {{Lolicon}}: Certain descriptions of the characters 'perky butts' in various outfits.
** The main characters are almost always sexualized.
* MeaningfulName: Played with in-series:
-->'''Jay Lyons''': What's our name?\\
'''Claire Lyons''' :''Lyons''\\
'''Jay''': And what do Lyons do?\\
'''Claire''': They ''roar!''
** Massie Block: She's a ''massive block'' for everyone else in the Pretty Committee
** Alicia (Leesh): She's a ''leash'' (or ''leach'') on everyone else
** Dylan Marvil is a {{Subversion}}: She doesn't exactly see herself as a marvel
* MostWritersAreAdults: Taken to the point where it's actually genuinely disturbing. It's unknown if this was the author's intention.
** Might be the cause of Massie's intelligence.
* NaiveNewcomer: Claire, in the beginning and to a lesser degree throughout the books.
* NotSoDifferent: Eventually Massie and Alicia (When they're running separate Cliques.)
** Claire, Kristen [[spoiler: And Layne]]
** It could be argued that one of the themes of the series is Claire's gradual transformation into being a Massie clone.
* OperationJealousy: Claire dates Dempsey so that Cam will get jealous.
** Arguably the whole point of Alicia's (multiple) attempts to start her own clique, especially the first one, right down to explicitly trying to find "knockoffs" of Dylan and Kristen (with the implication that Olivia is either a knockoff Claire or a knockoff of Alicia herself).
** Alicia's and Claire's cat-and-mouse game over Josh and Cam in ''The Pretty Committee Strikes Back''
** ''Bratfest at Tiffany's'' ends up having a rather complicated and multi-layered one with different people operating it at different levels. They even refer to it by the Trope Name.
* PastimesProvePersonality: Horse-riding Massie is a rich snob. Various other rich and spoiled characters play tennis, golf, squash, etc.
** Soccer star Kristen constantly drives herself harder both on the field and academically to keep up her scholarships and is arguably the most driven of the PC.
** Likewise most of the Briarwood boys that show up in more than one book are also soccer stars, and are portrayed as full-on jocks 24/7.
** Layne's past times seem to revolve around [[SoapboxSadie protesting for random causes]] or [[CloudCuckoolander activities that tend to be escapist]] when around Claire.
* PerspectiveFlip: The series focuses on a group of nasty middle-schoolers, making it a sort of 'Flip on middle-school and high-school fiction in general.
** Alicia, Dylan, Claire and Kristen get their own books in The Summer Collection Series
* ThePowerOfFriendship: ''Suprisingly'', the series actually runs on this, but it can be seen as a {{Deconstruction}} as well (Massie is aware of this trope and uses it to control not only her friends but the school.
** The "Witty Committee" is a more straight-up version.
* ProductPlacement: It's almost impossible to list all the clothing brands that appear in the series. They've caused the series to age very badly.
* PunnyName: Massie's IM name? Massiekur.
** Most of the later book titles are themselves puns on something.
* {{Reconstruction}}: The plot of ''Kristen'' reads more like a typical "loser girls get back at the AlphaBitch" DisneyChannel-type of story.
** So does ''Dylan'' to a lesser degree
** ''Alicia'' is either this or a slightly modified {{Deconstruction}} depending on how you interpret it.
** Starting with ''These Boots Are Made for Stalking'' the series tends to dip towards the "loser girl gets back at the Alpha Bitch" type of story too.
* RichBitch: Massie
* SecretIdentity / SecretKeeper: It turns out Kristen [[spoiler:is secret [=BFFs=] with Layne Abeley! It's something they've both sworn to keep from the rest of the Pretty Committee no matter the cost, and Kristen actually feels closer to the "Witty Committee" than she does the Pretty Committee but fears what Massie would do if she found out]]
** Which is how [[spoiler: Kristen knows Layne flooded Briarwood Academy on purpose]]
** [[spoiler: And the Witty Committee impersonated Skye Hamilton in order to get her accepted into Alphas Academy, thereby kicking off the ''Alphas'' SpinOff]]
* SeriesContinuityError: Cam's dark hair randomly becomes golden-brown. The dress code for Briarwood seemingly changes from the first book to the second.
** Alicia's father is Antonio in the first two books and Len in every book after ''Revenge of the Wannabes'', though this might be due to the fact that everybody knows where he's actually from after that book.
** Brownie the Horse manages to change from a brown mare, to a white stallion, and then back to a female again. Albeit this time a brown and white one.
** The name of the pro-tennis star that antagonizes Dylan goes from Illana to Svetlana over the course of two books.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Constantly.
** The entire conflict of the third book is resolved because Massie's donates a new school building so that the school gives up it's new uniform policy.
* ShoutOut: The first four of the main series covers has the traditional ''Burberry'' pattern but in different colors.
* TheSociopath: Massie shows several classic traits of sociopathy (there's a WMG detailing it), though it's unknown if she was intentionally written that way.
** Alicia as well.
* SpicyLatina: Alicia
* SpinOff: ''Alphas'', which involves a much more [[{{Magitek}} fantastical]] setting.
* SpoiledBrat: Massie sometimes acts like one to convince her father to do what she wants.
* TheStarscream: Alicia frequently tries to either take over Massie's clique or start her own.
* StatusQuoIsGod: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Dial L for Loser'' with Claire: "No matter how much fun the girls had together, she would wake up the next morning and need to impress them all over again. It was as if their leave-in conditioners seeped into their hair follicles whiles they slept, permanently erasing 'cool Claire' from their memories."
** Every time [[TheStarscream Alicia tries to overthrow Massie or start her own clique]], she fails.
* {{Subversion}}: ''Kristen'' compared to the rest of the series.
* TalkShow: Dylan's mother Merri-Lee hosts a talk show called ''The Daily Grind''
* ThemeNaming / PunnyName / IncrediblyLamePun: See the list of book titles.
** The schools include OCD[[note]]Octavian Country Day, the private school[[/note]], ADD, at a certain point BO (Briarwood and Octavian are combined for a while) and Massie's pre-Alpha school from the prequel is PMS[[note]]Presbyterian Middle School[[/note]].
** Dylan is the target for a few of these, particularly from her mom or anybody trying to suck up to her mom: ''Daffi-Dyl'', ''Marvil-ous'', ''Dyl Pickles'', etc.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Alicia. She's probably the closest to actually evil of all the Pretty Committee.
* TooDumbToLive: The girls Alicia recruits into her own clique don't start off very smart, and only get dumber from there.
** The girls Massie hires to form a new clique are almost literally unable to deviate from their prepared scripts, coming off as this.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Layne continously has favorite snack foods for the moment. For a while in the early books, it was oatmeal.
** Dylan has a new diet every book, to the point where it's a RunningGag.
* TriangRelations: Type 4: In ''The Clique'', Massie falls for Chris-Abeley ([[RunningGag full name basis]]), who has a girlfriend named Fawn.
** Type 3: In ''Boys R Us'' both Massie and Layne want Dempsey. [[spoiler: Too bad for both of them, he really wants Kristen. [[PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure Too bad for Kristen]].]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece : Due to the numerous pop culture references.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: And how! The reason Massie initially doesn't want to date Derrington is because of his obsession with shorts in all seasons.
* VillainProtagonist: Massie, who is an AlphaBitch.
** Alicia in her Summer Collection title. She becomes ''more'' evil without the Pretty Committee and left alone with Nina.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Massie. A few other names count as well.
* WrittenSoundEffect: In ''P.S. I Loathe You'', a pigeon calls, "Hehhhhhhhhhh, hoooooooooo. Hehhhhhhhhhhhh, hooooooooooo. Heeeeeeeee, Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo" as it poops on the Pretty Committee.
** This is hardly the only example. In fact, you'd be [[DrinkingGame/TheClique hard-pressed]] to find many pages that ''don't''.
* XanatosSpeedChess: A toned down 'tween' version between Massie and Alicia (And hence the Pretty Committee and eventually the Soul-[=M8s=])

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