The Clique, a series of 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 Alpha Bitch and her Girl Posse are the protagonists.The books are bestsellers (though it recently seems to have become Deader Than Disco), and a direct-to-DVD adaptation of the first book was released in fall 2008. There's also a graphic novel and DS game.Drinking game here. Canonically, the series is as follows:
Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: 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.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: 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.)
Egg Sitting: With synthetic babies in Claire's class in Bratfest at Tiffany's.
Extruded Book Product: 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).
Tagalong Kid: A few qualify: The Briarwood boys, particularly Derrington and Cam. Occasionally, Todd Lyons. Increasingly as the series wraps up, Layne, culminating into being made an unofficial member of the PC at the very end of the series.
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)
Friendly Enemy / Friendly Rivalry: 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.
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.
Genius Ditz: 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.
Girl Posse: 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.
Kristen and Layne have their own secret Girl Posse.
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.
Pastimes Prove Personality: 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.
Perspective Flip: 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
The Power of Friendship: 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.
Product Placement: It's almost impossible to list all the clothing brands that appear in the series. They've caused the series to age very badly.
Secret Identity / Secret Keeper: It turns out Kristen 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 Kristen knows Layne flooded Briarwood Academy on purpose
And the Witty Committee impersonated Skye Hamilton in order to get her accepted into Alphas Academy, thereby kicking off the AlphasSpin-Off
Series Continuity Error: 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.
Spoiled Brat: Massie sometimes acts like one to convince her father to do what she wants.
The Starscream: Alicia frequently tries to either take over Massie's clique or start her own.
Status Quo Is God: 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."
The schools include OCDnote Octavian Country Day, the private school, ADD, at a certain point BO (Briarwood and Octavian are combined for a while) and Massie's pre-Alpha school from the prequel is PMSnote Presbyterian Middle School.
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.
Token Evil Teammate: Alicia. She's probably the closest to actually evil of all the Pretty Committee.
Too Dumb to Live: 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.
Trademark Favorite Food: 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 Running Gag.
Written Sound Effect: 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 hard-pressed to find many pages that don't.
Xanatos Speed Chess: A toned down 'tween' version between Massie and Alicia (And hence the Pretty Committee and eventually the Soul-M8s)