Title: Bratfest At Tiffany's (The Clique, #10)
Author: Lisi Harrison
Published: 2008, Poppy/Little, Brown
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Recommended to: Girls 12 & up
Cover Rating: A-
Overall Score: A-/B+
The Clique is back, and in the 10th book, they're ready for change as they enter a new year at OCD as eighth grade alphas. Unfortunately, they've got a problem. Ever since the boys from OCD's brother school, Briarwood, have been moved in to the girls' school (due to an unfortunate flood), they've been more popular than anyone--even the Pretty Committee. How can they be alphas if everyone is paying attention to the boys? So leader Massie comes up with a plan: the girls will be going on a boyfast, while she hatches a genius plan to get the attention back where it belongs--on them. But problems quickly arise: Claire's itching to get Cam back, and Alicia's crush Josh is cuter than ever. But is it worth betraying Massie and getting kicked out of the Clique for good?
My thoughts: I love this series. They are totally my guilty pleasure: quick, easy, and totally light. The characters in these books are awesome and well-developed. All of Massie's plans and dialogue (including all the "ehmagawds" and "ah-mazing"s) are so clever, and I especially love the style of this writer, who makes everything that her characters do sound glamorous with sparkling descriptions. She totally gets eighth-grade girls!
My one problem is that these books tend to be shallow, and I wish that Ms. Harrison would focus on real issues like she did in the first few books (ie bullying, fitting in...). I am also getting annoyed with Massie's character. After 10 books, her character hasn't changed in any way, and I'd like to see her grow and become a better person instead of continually being a snob. There just seemed to be something missing in this plotline, maybe because it moved too quickly, it seemed. We were plunged back into Westchester, but I think there should've been more action around the middle and end. However, I'm definitely picking up the next book, PS I Loathe You, and can't wait for Boys R Us to come out on July 7!