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See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. Exclusion, cattiness, back-stabbing by girls in clique. Some parents don't have a clue that their kids are mean-spirited and behaving badly. The presentation lacks any life lessons about maturation or reflecting on your actions. Discussion of first experiences with boys lip-kissing, using tongues, being felt-up and horny.
Descriptions of the appeal of a thin body; one girl thinks she's too big and has large "boobs. Parents need to know that this novel is the sixth in a series about wealthy, privileged girls who are obsessed with material items, boys, and themselves. This book continues the degradation of the "new" girl, a middle-class "nerd" desperate to fit in.
Most of the dialogue is about purchasing of designer labels, finding ways to "lip-kiss" boys, or scheming to bring another kid down. Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now. Add your rating See all 16 parent reviews. Add your rating See all kid reviews. Having been expelled from Octavian Country Day School, the Pretty Committee members Massie, Dylan, Alicia, Kristen, and newcomer Claire are up to their elbows in shopping, hanging out, and talking about themselves.
An opportunity arises to audition in L. Surprisingly, Claire -- the least glamorous of the bunch -- beats out Massie and Alicia for the part. She develops movie friendships with two teen stars, aggravating the others even though they land roles reporting on the movie happenings for an early-morning news show.
Tricks, miscommunications, and back-stabbing put Claire right back where she started -- at the bottom of the clique heap -- though there's a hint of potential film career. There's no doubt that author Lisi Harrison, a writer for MTV, knows the female tween crowd -- what appeals, what's trendy, what's enticing.
And clearly with the following of the Clique series , she's touched a nerve with this demographic. But instead of creating a novel that helps girls see through the shallow world of cliques like the book's Pretty Committee, DIAL L FOR LOSERS perpetuates stereotypes of kids, specifically girls, being malicious, gossipy, jealous, materialistic, and unable to learn from experiences in a way that shows maturation and taking responsibility for yourself.
While the "nerdy" and most sympathetic character does appear to get a taste of popularity and learn something about herself, the others are as self-involved at the end of the book as they were in the beginning. Families can talk about the Pretty Committee as an example of cliques. Is the depiction of this group realistic? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
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Learn how we rate. Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work! Tween book is S for superficial, C for catty. Lisi Harrison Friendship Rate book. Read or buy. Based on 16 reviews. Based on reviews. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization.
Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this book. Positive Messages. These are not the type of people you want in your life, let alone influencing your children.
Constant name-dropping of designer labels, stores, beverages, etc. Male actor holds unlit cigarette in mouth for look; parents drink alcohol. Set limits for violence and more with Plus. What parents need to know Parents need to know that this novel is the sixth in a series about wealthy, privileged girls who are obsessed with material items, boys, and themselves.
Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Adult Written by graceface April 9, I loved this book!
Dial L for Loser is a well-written book. There may be some issues with cliques and social behavior, but this is something we deal with in everyday life. This bo Continue reading. Report this review. Adult Written by busymomof3 April 9, Maby not Kid, 11 years old May 24, The clique I overall love this book. This book makes you realize that everyone has a sweet side. This book uses medium language but someone maybe could handle it. Teen, 15 years old Written by CrystalCloud March 5, These books are ah-mazing This is my favorite book, in my favorite series!
I ah-dore these books! I don't know why its getting these iffy ratings. The books do have postive messages What's the story? Continue reading Show less. Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Why do you think this series is so successful? Is it realistic for kids to have such easy access to money and so few limits imposed by parents? Why does the "nerdy" girl stick with the clique? What would you do in her shoes? Does anyone you know act like this in real life?
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The Clique #6: Dial L for Loser
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Dial L for Loser: A Clique Novel
Each of the five girls is also a member of The Pretty Committee, which is the group of the most popular girls in their all girls' school. While visiting the set of Dylan's mother's TV talk show, the five girls meet the director Rupert Mann, who is directing the new movie, Dial L for Loser. After hearing Dylan over the microphone, the two stars of the movie get into a fight on live TV and one of them quits. This forces Rupert to cast a new actress in the role of Molly. Molly is a loser who pays someone at her school to turn her into a popular girl.
Dial L For Loser
Added by 1 of our members. The social minefields most privileged middle-school girls drive the over-the-top drama in this addictive new book, set in suburban New York City's Westchester County. 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, New York. Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins shakes to try to get rid of the extra fifteen pounds that won't seem to leave her hips alone. Alicia Rivera: As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so 'sweet. Just might do it. Kristen Gregory: She's been dying to fit in ever since her parents went broke.
Dial L for Loser