Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cliques, Cats, and Bullies

Keep Your Friends Close...

If the first season of Pretty Little Liars left you hanging, where else can you get a fix of backstabbing, cattiness, and terror? Start reading, of course.

The TV show is based on Sara Shepard's books, which dish up a snarky amalgam of queen bees, fashion, beauty, crushes, and lies -- all wrapped up in a mystery.

The series begins when a mysterious person sends creepy -- and oddly personal -- texts to Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer. The girls used to be best friends until their leader, Alison, vanished a few years earlier. She'd ruled Rosewood Day, which meant they had, too. Then suddenly, the texts appear, signed simply by --A, each with threats or secrets only the girls should know. But who's sending them? And why?

The eight books in the Pretty Little Liars series are easy to spot thanks to the Barbie wannabe on each cover. (The ninth book, Twisted, comes out July 5.)

Sequels: Flawless, Perfect, Unbelievable, Wicked, Killer, Heartless, Wanted

Meanwhile, check out these other titles that feature mean girls -- some just catty, others dangerous bullies (click on any title to put it on hold):


Jane Freeman is pretty and popular -- and determined to keep it that way. Then, a hit-and-run driver tries to kill her, leaving her near paralyzed and near death. Tons of people send cards and gifts to her hospital room. Her best friends and her boyfriend visit. But this chilling novel drags you onto a rollercoaster of whodunit because one of these people wants Jane dead.

Move over, Alison. If Pretty Little Liars creeps you out, just see who's trying to kill Jane.

Hazel Stone longs to be a part of the hottest clique in school, the Pretty Little Devils. Then, Syliva, queen bee of the PLDs, invites Hazel to one of the group’s famous soirees. Before Hazel knows it, she’s in with the in crowd.
But popularity comes with a price. Especially when one of Hazel’s classmates becomes jealous of her newfound status — deadly jealous.

The Clique (Clique Series)
By Lisi Harrison

When Claire's family moves to New York, they stay in the guest house of her dad's college buddy, who happens to have a daughter who's also in seventh grade. Yet, the girl, Massie, enlists her clique of popular friends to harass Claire. Good thing Claire has plans of her own.

Prequel: Charmed and Dangerous: The Rise of the Pretty Committee

Sequels: Best Friends for Never, Revenge of the Wannabes, The Pretty Committee Strikes Back, Invasion of the Boy Snatchers, Dial L for Loser, It's Not Easy Being Mean, Sealed with a Diss, Bratfest at Tiffany's, P.S. I Loathe You, Boys R Us, These Boots Are Made for Stalking, My Little Phony, A Tale of two Pretties

Some Girls Are
By Courtney Summers 

Regina, a high school senior in the popular – and feared – crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others.


Before I Fall
By Lauren Oliver

Samantha Kingston and her three best friends rule their school. On Valentine's Day, she expects to receive roses, to party with her friends, and to get more physical with her equally popular boyfriend. The last thing she expects is that she'll die. Only, it is not the end for Sam. She wakes up to start the same day over again, and again. Will she ever see the value of what she might lose?

The Lying Game
By Sara Shepard

By the Pretty Little Liars author, this book tells the story of identical twins who've never met: One is a mean girl with more money than morals, the other a stoic foster kid. When foster kid Emma discovers she has a twin named Sutton, she runs away from Las Vegas to meet her. Sutton, however, has been killed. Narrating from the afterlife, Sutton watches her living twin try to solve the mystery -- by posing as her. (Book two comes out August 2011.)

Defying the Diva

For Haley Patterson, freshman year of high school boils down to having a good time with her two best friends and making a name for herself at the school newspaper. But when Haley reveals one too many juicy details in her gossip column, superdiva and queen bee Camilla Quinn makes sure that Haley's life changes...for the worse.

All Unquiet Things
By Anna Jarzab

Carly knew the secrets of Brighton Day School’s most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed. Neily can't get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind. And Audrey is the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton's fast crowd in the first place. Now she regrets it -- especially since she thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton.

By Marcella Fleischman Pixley

Poetic and quirky Miriam is considered a freak by the popular girls at her middle school. She eventually explodes in reponse to their bullying, revealing an inner strength she didn't know she had.

By Adele Griffin

Amandine is confident, charming, and eccentric. Delia is the insecure new girl. She's grateful to have Amandine as a friend. But Amandine lives in a world of her own imagination -- a world fascinating and disturbing. When Delia tries to break away from Amandine, she realizes just how dangerous the games can be.


Maya feels lucky to be part of a popular middle school group. But when the leader, Candace, decides Maya is "out," the other three girls blindly follow suit and shun her.

High school freshman Jane believes that she would do anything to be popular until she is admitted into the school's most exclusive clique and learns that popularity has a price.

At her new high school, money is everything and the haters rule - especially beautiful and cruel Jessica Nguyen. While Paski tries to concentrate on mountain biking -- and not thinking too much about ultra-hot Chris Cabrera -- she's troubled by disturbing visions. Will Paski ever find a home in the land of the glamorous haters?

The Exile of Gigi Lane
By Adrienne Maria Vrettos

Gigi Lane is the meanest of the mean girls at Swan's Lake. But when Gigi falls from grace, her classmates enact payback for the cruelties Gigi has shown them.

Three Quarters Dead
By Richard Peck

Kerry is chosen by the coolest clique in school. But being part of their crowd feels cruel as death. Then, it seems all over when her three friends are killed in a shocking car wreck. Or are they? Three weeks later, Kerry receives a text from one of the girls: We're all 3 here at my aunt's in the city. Take the 3:50 train. B there.

So Not the Drama (Del Rio Bay Clique series)
By Paula Chase

When Mina starts high school, the social scene in the cafeteria is the center of her world, and she longs to be part of the glam clique of snotty black rich kids. Then she gets caught up in a class project on prejudice with three other students -- and sees what's behind their public faces.

Sequels: Don't Get It Twisted, That's What's Up!, Who You Wit?, 

The members of the most popular clique at Miss Gamble’s Preparatory School are gorgeous, rich, fashionable, and, yes, all named Ashley. By seventh grade, Lauren has put up with their abuse long enough. What will she do about the Ashleys?

By Kate Brian

When 15-year-old Reed arrives at Easton Academy, she meets the Billings Girls: the most beautiful, intelligent, and intensely confident girls on campus. And they know it. They hold all the power in a world where power is fleeting but means everything. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle.

Prequel: Last Christmas, The Book of Spells
Sequels: Invitation Only, Untouchable, Confessions, Inner Circle, Ambition, Revelation, Paradise Lost, Suspicion, Scandal, Vanished, Ominous

In this spinoff from the Private series, Ariana finds that ever since she was arrested for her boyfriend’s murder, her life has been nothing compared to the luxury of how it used to be.

Sequels: Beautiful Disaster, Perfect Mistake, Sweet Deceit, Pure Sin

I Kill Giants (graphic novel)
By Joe Kelly

Barbara is an angry elementary school girl who's known as a freak partly because she claims to be a killer of giants. While she faces bullies and storms with no fear, she cannot face what she hides from at home.

Reading about mean girls in fiction is one thing. But if you're dealing with real-life bullying, it's no joke. Check out these books for help:

Mean Chicks, Cliques, And Dirty Tricks: A Real Girl's Guide to Getting Through the Day with Smarts and Style

By Erika V. Shearin Karres

Teens explore how the meanness gets started, the forms it can take, and how to stop it.

By Olivia Gardner with Emily & Sarah Buder

This book draws on correspondence between an epileptic victim of bullying and a pair of sisters who started a letter campaign on her behalf. It includes more than 100 letters of encouragement that victim received.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
By Rachel Simmons

Boys often use physical and verbal behavior to bully others. Girls tend to use backbiting, exclusion, rumors, name-calling, and psychological pain against their victims. Author Rachel Simmons argues that no forms of bullying should be tolerated.

By Rachel Simmons

From the author of Odd Girl Out, teen girls in this book speak out about cruelty often kept quiet.

Remember to click on any title to reserve it at your favorite CCPL library branch.

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