Dial L for Loser (Clique Series #6)

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THE CLIQUE is back...
Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and Whitestrip smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day, an exclusive private school in Westchester County, New York.
Claire Lyons: Has finally arrived! But will she be able to stay in Massie's inner circle?
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Overview

THE CLIQUE is back...
Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and Whitestrip smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day, an exclusive private school in Westchester County, New York.
Claire Lyons: Has finally arrived! But will she be able to stay in Massie's inner circle?
Alicia Rivera: Would love to take Massie's throne one day. Just might do it.
Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command, who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkin's shakes.
Kristen Gregory: Will insult you to tears faster than you can say "scholarship kid."
THE CLIQUE...The only thing harder than getting in is staying in.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316115049
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/23/2006
  • Series: Clique Series , #6
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 173,223
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisi Harrison

Lisi Harrison is the author of The Clique, Alphas and Monster High series. She was the Senior Director of Production Development at MTV and Head Writer for MTV Production. Lisi is currently pretending to write her next novel.

Lisi lives in Laguna Beach, California.

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The Clique #6: Dial L for Loser

A Clique Novel
By Lisi Harrison

LITTLE BROWN FOR YOUNG READERS

Copyright © 2006 Lisi Harrison
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-11504-5


Chapter One

THE WESTCHESTER MALL STARBUCKS Monday, March 2nd 10:30 A.M.

"Ayyy-men!" Alicia hooted.

"Ayyy-men!" echoed the others.

"Jinx!" Claire giggled for the first time since she had been expelled.

The girls looked at one another, then snickered into their palms.

They were wearing what Claire and her best friend, Layne, secretly referred to as "black-tie sweats"-those velvety, two-hundred-dollar tracksuits that Massie described as "casual-cute." Claire, on the other hand, was "casual casual" in a long-sleeved red tee and the nail-polish-stained Citizens of Humanity jeans she'd "borrowed" from OCD's lost and found before Christmas break.

"What?" Her heart started to race. "Don't you say 'jinx' here? Is it a Florida thing? I could teach it to you."

Massie knit her freshly waxed eyebrows. "Silly rabbit, jinx is for kids."

Everyone snickered again.

"Should we tell her?" Alicia asked.

Claire's cheeks warmed.

"Sure, whatevs." Massie shrugged.

"Jinx is so second grade," Alicia explained. "We're all about apple-C now."

"Oh, okay." Claire used her thanks-that-really-clears things- up-for-me tone, hoping they could fast-forward to something that didn't make herfeel like a foreign-exchange student.

Kristen sighed. "Apple-C is the keystroke on a Mac that-"

"I know." Claire suddenly got it. "It's the shortcut for copy, so you say it when someone is copying you." She would have finished with a duh but if jinx was second grade, duh was probably pre-K.

"Moving on." Massie jiggled the mountain of ice inside her plastic cup. "Here's to the Pretty Committee and the endless shopportunities that lie ahead."

"To the Pretty Committee and the endless shopportunities that lie ahead."

The girls clinked, then drank.

"Apple-C!" Claire practically shot out of her seat.

"That was a toast, Kuh-laire." Massie rolled her eyes. "It doesn't count."

"Oh." Claire gulped her hot chocolate, accepting the burn on her tongue as punishment for being so stupid. It had been six months since her family moved from Orlando to Westchester. Six months of living on the Blocks' estate, and six months of proving herself to the Pretty Committee. Finally, Claire was an official member, with an exclusive standing invitation to sleepovers, shopping trips, and five-way calls. But 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 while they slept and clogged their brains, permanently erasing "cool Claire" from their memories. There had to be something she could do to earn their full-time respect-but what? The more she tried to figure it out, the more elusive the answer became.

"We're living the American dream!" Dylan poked her finger though the creamy swirl on her caramel macchiato.

"Maybe you are," Kristen huffed. "But for me, this is a nightmare." She slammed her complimentary tap water on the table, ignoring the splash.

"I hear ya!" Claire gushed. "This place is so expensive they should call it Sixbucks. I'd much rather be in the OCD cafeteria. I'm over the Westchester."

"Ehmagawd!" Kristen recoiled. "Seriously?"

Claire stiffened, hating herself for saying the wrong thing-again. How could she have expected them to understand that at the mall she was just the new chick with a bad haircut, an empty wallet, and last year's jeans? But at school she was the mysterious outsider who, against all odds, had been accepted into the Pretty Committee. And that made her special.

"That was a joke, right?" Massie looked deep into Claire's eyes, silently urging her to take it all back. "You don't really want to be back at OCD, do you?"

"Of course not." She forced a huge smile. "This ..." She opened her arms and turned to face the mall. "... is a total fantasy!" Claire silently thanked her parents for giving her three years of community theater acting lessons.

"I would love to share said fantasy." Kristen sighed. "But I have to do this." Her biceps twitched as she lifted the black Prada messenger bag the girls had bought her for her twelfth birthday. She turned it upside down and an avalanche of textbooks tumbled out. A History of Western Philosophy, Philosophy Made Simple, Philosophy for Dummies, and The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy were among the titles.

Everyone stared.

"My mom is forcing me to study philosophy until I'm back at school," Kristen explained. "She wants me to figure out the meaning of life so I'll know exactly what I'm throwing away." Her blue eyes began to fill with tears. "Her words, not mine."

"She's probably mad because you lied." Alicia lifted a steaming cup of Sumatra to her glossy, light pink mouth.

Kristen sniffled. "What was I supposed to do? Miss out on our first boy-girl field trip because my parents couldn't afford it? Puh-lease!"

"You told them you were going away with your soccer team, then hopped a bus to Lake Placid." Alicia pinched off a piece of her low-fat blueberry muffin. "And while you were there, you got expelled and lost your scholarship."

"Yeah, I saw that episode," Kristen hissed. "No need for the recap."

Massie put an arm around her and gave her a loving squeeze. "I thought it was very brave."

"Me too." Alicia grinned.

"Same," Dylan added.

Kristen tugged a chunk of her short blond hair. "Why does it seem like I'm the only one who got punished?"

"Because you are," Dylan smirked. "My mom can't be mad at me. This whole thing is her fault. If she hadn't been hooking up with Mr. Myner in Lake Placid, I never would have run away. You guys never would have chased after me, we never would have gotten lost in the woods, and we'd be napping in science lab right now."

"Well, I got punished." Claire slouched. "My dad woke me up at six thirty a.m. this morning and made me shower and get dressed, like I was going to school."

The girls made pouty frowns to show how sorry they felt about Claire having been denied her beauty rest.

"Then," she continued, "at exactly seven thirty I had to go out in the cold and stand by the Range Rover for five minutes and act like I was waiting for Isaac to carpool me."

"Seriously?" Dylan's green eyes were wide with disbelief.

"Yup. And the worst part was ..." Claire pointed to Massie. "... your bedroom light was still off."

Massie accepted a congratulatory round of high fives.

"That's not all." Claire leaned forward. "My dad asked Layne to e-mail me our homework. I have to do it all. Every night! And that's the only time I can use my computer. Which, by the way, he moved into the kitchen."

Everyone gasped.

"But the worst part is, I can't ride my bike to Cam's, and I haven't seen him since Lake Placid." She paused to count on her fingers. "That was five days ago!"

"He's a guy." Alicia tossed her long black hair. "Make him come to you. It's less pathetic."

Claire ignored the jab. "He's not allowed. No visitors until I'm back in school. Not even Layne."

"Well, I can do whatever I want," Massie smirked. "As long as I prove it's educational."

"How is shopping educational?" Kristen asked.

"Figuring out my change is math. And speaking to you is English."

Kristen rolled her eyes.

"If the school board doesn't let us back in, my dad's gonna sue," Alicia announced.

"When are they meeting?" Claire asked eagerly.

"April second."

"They better change their minds." Kristen ripped her crumpled napkin. "Or I'm getting home schooled."

"I don't care if we don't go back." Massie glossed her lips with Baby Aspirin-the latest delivery from Gossip Girl. "I want to try boarding school in Switzerland."

"Me too." Alicia nodded.

"Ehmagawd, same!" Dylan sounded utterly shocked by the coincidence.

"Well, I'll be going to Abner Doubleday Day," Claire moaned.

"Ew!" Alicia gasped. "Public school?"

Claire nodded slowly.

Alicia checked over her shoulder, leaned forward, and whispered, "ADD is full of juvenile delinquents who steal your lunch, then force you to buy it back for a hundred dollars."

The thought of fighting her way to the top-again-made Claire shudder twice.

"They hate private-school girls there. They think we're spoiled."

"What do they know?" Dylan pushed back her cuticles with the corner of her American Express gold card.

"Zzzzzzzz," Massie fake-snored. "Can we puh-lease go shopping now?"

"Given!" Alicia clapped.

"I'll be here studying." Kristen moped. "I'm getting quizzed tonight on Socrates."

"We'll pick you up on our way out." Massie reached into her burgundy leather wallet, pulled out a twenty-dollar bill, and tossed it on the table. "For me, the meaning of life is a Frappuccino and a cinnamon biscotti. Study that."

"Thanks!" Kristen beamed.

The girls pushed back from the table and threw their bags over their shoulders. Claire waved goodbye to Kristen, then followed Massie, Alicia, and Dylan into the bright atrium.

"Let's go to Juicy," Dylan suggested.

"No," Alicia whined. "Neiman's."

"Let's start at BCBG and we'll work our way left,"

Massie insisted. "Don't worry, we won't miss a single store."

Claire stuffed her hands in her empty pockets and yawned. Her parents didn't need to ground her for getting expelled. Being sentenced to a lifetime at the mall was punishment enough.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from The Clique #6: Dial L for Loser by Lisi Harrison Copyright © 2006 by Lisi Harrison. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted April 12, 2009

    Watch out Hollywood...Here Come the Clique Girls!!!

    Dial L for Loser was one of my favorite books in the Clique. Here's what happens: Dylan scored five tickets for her mother's TV show, and now the Clique gets to spend an exclusive day on the set of The Daily Grind. They meet spunky Abby and nice Hadley, the stars of the new movie Dial L for Loser. But when Hadley finds out Abby's been secretly going out with HER boyfriend, things get a little messy...on set!! Hadley has had enough of Hadley and decides to quit the movie and Daily Grind interview at once. Rupert, the director, meets Massie, Claire, Alicia, Kristen, and Dylan, and wants them to addition for Hadley's role. Massie knows the role is all hers...right? Wrong. What will Massie do when KUH-LAIRE is the star of Dial L for Loser?? I thought that this book was one of the best ones in the series. I recommend this to anyone interested in the Clique books, because it's great! Go Lisi!!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

    Best of the Clique

    Was my favorite of the series!! Claire finally was number one and Massie came in second. I thought the book was written great! But of course, you should read them in order. Overall a really great read!!!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Lights, Camera, Action!!

    The girls are cosen to star in a movie called "Dial L for Loser." When Massie realizes that she didn't get the main role and Claire did things get out of hand. The series is definitely excellent!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Clique

    I am on this book in the series and let me say they are amazingly well written books!!!!Good job Lisi!! I would love to see and read soo many more movies and books in this series. Can't put these books down. I am a true Clique girls lover!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Irritating (not the book the people writing the reciews)

    All these peolpe who aare writing reviews seriously need to learn to spell.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    GREAT GOSSIP

    I love this book! I would recomend this seris to anyone!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Awesome

    I love this series

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    Don't buy this book for your daughter!

    Though the Clique series is wildly popular, I do NOT recommend it. I read these books as a sixth grader, and was not challenged in the least bit. The books have no worth either intellectually or emotionally. They are from the perspective of a nasty clique that treats other girls like trash and puts too much emphasis on appearance and social standards. The author makes no endeavor to show the reader that these actions are wrong, but actually makes them seem justified. These books set bad examples for treatment of others and make girls feel bad about themselves. When I read these books, I felt inferior because I was not as pretty, well dressed, or popular as the characters in the novels were. These books make young girls think that they have to look and act perfect. Take the advice of a fourteen-year-old avid reader: Do not buy these books. The characters are immature and shallow and the plots are poor. These books will not help the self-esteem or reading skills of pre-teen girls, and probably will be of no benefit whatsoever. The only purpose this series is good for is easy, trashy reading to improve knowlege of expensive botiuqes and nasty put-downs. Would you really want your daughter reading something like this? I suggest something with more depth such as a book by Lois Lowry.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

    Completely inconceivable...

    All right. I am not going to deny that I enjoyed the first few books in this series - they had this odd way of being entertaining, yet superficial. This is why I cannot give this book a completely rubbish score, because the first books were all right. But once I hit this book in the series, my disgust hit its peak. This book is completely unreasonable. Really now, who can become an actress in such a short period of time, almost entirely out of the blue? Haha. Funny, I don't see that happening very often, especially for young people. 'Some, but not many...' Every time a public school was criticized within the story, I found myself grinding my teeth in frustration. What in heaven's name is wrong with public schools? Not all of us can afford such extravagance. I suppose these books are reasonable novels when you are bored out of your wits or enjoy this sort of shallow form of ignorance, but in my opinion, ANY book that flaunts topics of Hollywood, parents who could care less if their children are expelled, and haughty girls who have enough money to buy a new cell phone every day is one to be avoided. I will stick with novels that enrich the mind, not poision it with the notions teenage girls are receiving from these books.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Only got to read the sample but amazing!

    Okay,I only got to read the sample but I love it so far! My favorite character has to be Claire because I'm just like her;I'm unique and simple mixed together.I wish Massie,Alicia,Dylan,and Kristen would just give her a freaking chance.They act as if she's been there forever.But,I love Claire and I also love Layne for being a truthful and loyal friend to Claire.
    Keep up the great work,Lisi!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Amazing

    This book was amazing boo to mssie

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Massie

    Okay so we know that Claire gets the part but that dosent mater to us true clique fans. We just wanna see how Massie gets revenge on her sorry butt. Thats what keeps us fans intrigued Massie and her revenge so this is.not a spoiler this is what any good fan would think after reading this review!
    Love always, Cliquefan no. 1

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Heart it!

    I luvvv the Clique Series xcept 4 Claire..... all she wanted 2 do was be excepted by the clique but she ditches her friend layne 4 them which is kinda mean:/ but anyways, the books r super good & massie learns that she doesnt alway comein 1st just cux shes gorg.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2010

    Do not recommend!

    My daughter checked this out at the school library. Many sexual remarks and vulgar language in the book. Parents need to read through this book before they let their daughter read it. AR reading grade level is a 3.9 for it, but I wouldn't let anyone under the age of 16-18 read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Okayyyyyyyy

    I liked the first couple ones, but in this one some parts were really inapropriate... like one character claire is in the seventh grade and she is tongue kissing guys! and other parts were really bad!I don't think you should read this Book!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    Dial L, for LAME

    This book was horrid. I had read all the books in the series until this one. I put my foot down. These books went from entertaining to unreasonable. People that say these books are in the same league as the Gossip Girl series are insane.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Love

    It!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Awwww ....

    I love itttt nice work Lisi!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    These books are addicting!

    Not my reading level but I read them anyway! So creative and fun, and I really wish these girls were real (even if they are mean sometimes)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Amazingggg

    Luv it

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