on October 31st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
The Clique is the story of Audrey Hughes, and the attempt of a boy to win her over by bringing her down. Manipulating her friends, poisoning her relationships, and tearing at her family; Devon will stop at nothing to get what he wants. But Audrey isn’t so easily ruined. She fights for her friends, pulling closer even when they would push her away.
The Clique was an interesting book. The plot was driven much of the time by the things that happen with teenagers and is based around a teenager’s life. It does also bring about a point of how much kids can get into. I know I did but while I was reading I was shocked to see the teenagers get into so much trouble! I think I pulled the wool over my own eyes and forgot that teens will be teens and do tend to get into trouble but it’s the peer pressure that also shows its ugly head in this.
I enjoyed reading about the characters but this has a lot of angst. I worried over the situations that Audrey got herself into and the situations that her crush PUT her into. The entire ugly plot was written very well and the fact that I hated every minute when Audrey was ostracized says something about Valerie’s writing. I felt for Audrey even when she made dump mistakes or was talked into giving a guy a lap dance.
The really sad part was when something happened the friends didn’t talk to each other. As much as I think I would have confronted someone I did understand how and why they had the motives they did but I must say Audrey is either pig headed and really stubborn or she’s a really good friend! Sometimes the pendulum would swing between the two!
All in all it’s a lot of teenage angst but the plot was good. The story was interesting and I was curious enough and liked Audrey enough to see it through. I hoped that the girls would learn something out of their mistakes too!
In short: I did like the ending and what Audrey learned but there was a LOT of angst to wade through to get there!