The Clique Series is an American young adult novel series about five middle school girls. The first book was released in 2004 and became a movie in 2008. Since then there have been 20 more books published: 14 in the original series, 5 ‘summer series’ books, and Cliquetionary (for the enormous amount of teen slang used). The main plot of the story revolves around three popular middle school girls, their alpha (Massie), and an outsider that’s trying to fit in, Claire. Claire is of a middle class family who lives in Massie’s families guest house, while the girls in the clique come from upper class families.
I thought of “The Clique” when reading Chapter 9 of “Little Women”, Meg Goes to Vanity Fair because I saw many similarities between the main characters of each book, Meg (Little Women) and Claire (The Clique). One of the main commonalities between them can be seen in terms of our keyword “Class”. As we discussed in lecture there are two main meanings to class: the status model and the economic model. These two models are somewhat connected because status often involves material possessions that can only be obtained by having money. Both girls in these books come from middle class families based on the economic model, but find ways to fit into a higher social position by borrowing material possessions, mostly clothing, from their upper class friends. I think it is interesting that the main message from both of these books is that it’s not always greener on the other side, despite what we might think. This reminded me of the keyword “Children’s Literature” because these books were written by adults for children, which made me wonder if one of the intentions of these authors was to teach children to be satisfied with what they have?