* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Are Claire, Dylan and Kristen bullies or bully ''victims'' who play along with Massie and Alicia because they're so afraid of them?
*** The final books in the series very strongly hint towards this.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: It's a series told from the AlphaBitch's point of view. If you don't like that character type (it's nearly universally despised) there's a good chance you won't be interested.
* BileFascination[=/=]SoBadItsGood
* CriticalDissonance: Meager critical respect did little to quell this series' popularity back in the day. Today, it's a different story.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A common complaint about the series, mostly due to the ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and unsympathetic characters. The fact that nobody suffered in the end apparently angered quite a few readers. And anything even ''remotely'' resembling CharacterDevelopment happens so late in the series you wonder why the author even bothered.
* DeaderThanDisco: Seems to have become this in recent years, for several different reasons (the pop culture references aging badly, society frowning on ''anything'' bullying related, etc.). It pretty much went from a New York Times bestseller to a mainstay in second-hand stores.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Disturbingly, Massie and Alicia get a lot of this (mostly by younger fans).
* DudeNotFunny: To readers who have had to deal with these kind of girls in RealLife.
** The Dylan subplots have been accused of making fun of girls with eating disorders, something which many people find incredibly distasteful.
** Claire's treatment in the first few books.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Layne, to many who dislike {{Alpha Bitch}}es in general.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: As the AlphaBitch is the protagonist, it falls into a sort of BlueAndOrangeMorality which means any lessons learned or implied tend to be this.
* GrowingTheBeard: Starting with ''These Boots are Made for Stalking'' and ''My Little Phony''. There's more meaningful character development (particularly with Claire, Massie, and Layne and Cam[!]) compared to most of the other books and a lot of the Flanderization that was going on gets undone - in particular, the characters actually start to ''mature'' and Claire finally grows out of letting Massie remold her into yet another PC clone and tries to stand up to her. In short, the series finally becomes the series people were actually expecting/hoping for. Unfortunately, it came too little too late, in the third-to-last and second-to-last books out of a nearly two-dozen long running series.
* HarsherInHindsight: Recent events having to do with bullying have made this series incredibly hard to enjoy. The treatment of Claire in the first few books goes from DudeNotFunny to downright ''horrifying''.
* HollywoodPudgy: Dylan. Even the girl portraying her in the offical photos is incredibly skinny.
** Even the girls In-Universe point this out.
* LoveItOrHateIt: It's either a GuiltyPleasure or a glorification of bullying and shallowness.
* LoveToHate: Massie and Alicia
* NauseaFuel: The author's CostumePorn is described as if the Pretty Committee are in their twenties when they are much younger, which makes it feel like {{Lolicon}} and can be very off-putting.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Among the genuine fans, Massington (Massie/Derrington); Clam (Claire/Cam); Dolert (Dylan/Plovert); Jalicia (Josh/Alicia); Closh (Claire/Josh).
* ReplacementScrappy: Alicia tries to bring in In-Universe examples when she tries to form her own clique: "Strawberry" for Dylan, Kori for Kristen, "Faux-Livia" for herself and herself for Massie. It ends up failing miserably, partly because Alicia can't help but think of them as Replacement Scrappies for her real friends (and partly because the "knockoffs" are TooDumbToLive)
** Ironically enough these same "knockoffs" form [[spoiler:''Claire's'' own (very short-lived) "anti-"clique]] in ''My Little Phony''.
** When Alicia starts yet ''another'' clique (this time by stealing away the originals) Massie is desperate enough to outright hire her own Replacement Scrappies from a talent agency, this time handpicked based on ''not'' resembling the people they replace (though she can't help herself on some points, picking a girl known for starring in commercials as a soccer player ala Kristen who also co-starred with Claire on ''Dial L for Loser''). It doesn't end well, for the exact same reasons why Alicia's first attempt failed.
* TheScrappy: Cam tends to fall towards this, if nothing else dragging Claire down with him through her constant obsession with him.
* {{Squick}}: Nina, especially when you [[FridgeHorror think about her a bit]].
** Todd ''putting hidden cameras in Massie's shower.''
*** ''The same shower his sister uses.''
** The sexualization of middle school aged girls ''really'' hasn't fared well with most readers. Some have even called this {{Lolicon}}.
** The implication that Alicia's breasts are implants. As well as the hints that she might be sexually active.
*** Some find the idea of a preteen girl with GagBoobs in general to be this.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Some people's reaction to ''Kristen'' in the Summer Collection.
* TheyJustDidntCare: Throughout the whole Summer Collection Series it's obvious that the books were churned out in a real hurry - in addition to the short page counts (the longest one is just over half the length of the shortest "proper" ''Clique'' novel) and the compressed publication dates (the whole collection came out over the course of Spring/Summer 2008), the series is rife if not outright pockmarked with obvious copyediting errors. That said, these (particularly ''Dylan'' and ''Kristen'') are some of the [[{{Subversion}} best books]] in the whole ''Clique'' series.
** There are various continuity and other errors throughout the whole series. In one of the books, Claire tips over a glass towards herself, but the stain ends up on Massie's dress. This happens over the course of ''consecutive paragraphs''.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Some think this could've worked better as a straight {{Deconstruction}} or a dark comedy.
* ToyShip: They're 11-13, all of the ships are like this.
* {{Wangst}}: Dylan and her weight.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: Which is why this series won't get a revival anytime soon.
* TheWoobie: Claire, Dylan and Kristen.
** JerkassWoobie: Massie, with emphasis mostly on jerkass.