Calling All Cliques

Claire is not excused

Massie Block doesn't speak loser

It comes with being a writer, or human, I guess. Some people get me, some don’t. Thank Gawd for those, like Alex, who do.

(Foul language has been censored for your reading pleasure)

Caroline says:

Lisi Harrison,
I would love to know what the f$*& inspired you to write these books for young girls. I read every single one in middle school and looking back I realize they were garbage for my mind. They put out the idea that materialism and expensive things make you cool and popular. They glorify bitchy behavior and in no way promoted love towards anyone. I remember thinking I would be respected and feared if only I saved up all my money to buy a Coach purse. It wasn’t until later that I realized that people respect you when you are confident, empowered, and show genuine love for all other people. I can’t imagine what it must be like for the people that never grow out of the petty ideas spread from your books. I am so glad I have now discovered feminism and all the girl love that exists out there. I only wish those ideas would spread to the younger girls, instead of the catty bulls#*& ideas pf competitiveness and hate reinforced by books like yours and other media. I just want to know what you think you are doing for girls who read your Clique books.

Here’s what Alex said in response:

Alex says:

Caroline,
While you make some very valid points here, I think it is equally important that we observe the importance of parental guidance. A book series should never be where you learn how to be a young a woman. These books are meant for entertainment purposes, not learning valuable life lessons.
And while bitchy as she may be Massie did have some great qualities that maybe you should have taken notice of, rather than her money and clothes. Massie was headstrong, and determined, and if her mother and father had found a productive way to focus that energy she’d have been better off.
The Clique is a clever, witty, and extremely addictive book series, yes. The main character is very ill willed and immature, yes. It focuses on material things a lot, yes. But it is a BOOK, not a guide. It is well written and funny as hell. If what you needed growing up was a role model, you’d been better off reading the Hunger Games or Uglies. Do not harp on Lisi for writing this book, it was not meant to teach girls how to be justified in their self worth. But rather to paint a picture of an extreme situation.
Again, I get where you’re coming from. I ABSOLUETLY understand what you mean here. But, let’s put blame where it due.

 

I ah-dore Alex’s reply. She kept it classy, articulated her point of view, and did it in a respectful way. This is a moment when I’m so proud of the Clique fans who read my books and stand by their central messages.

My point in writing the Clique was not to glorify hate and competitiveness and superficiality among girls, as Caroline said. Rather to satirize it and show what real strength is though characters like Claire and Layne.

And I feel compelled to mention that not a single one of my 31 books uses the f-word, bs, or bitchy so I can’t take all the credit for Caroline’s outpouring of “girl love.’ Instead of me spelling it out, I’d love to hear what all the Clique fans reading this right now have to say.

CALLING ALL CLIQUE FANS:

Tweet what you learned from the series to @LisiHarrison #CliqueLessons. I’m looking forward to reading your tweets!

 

TTYW,

Lisi

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ACT…

 

I had an interesting request in my Facebook inbox yesterday, one nobody in their right mind would pass up. Julia from Brazil asked if I would be a part of her large-scale scavenger hunt. How large scale? She explains it like this:

“This year I’ve joined G.S.H.W.H.E.S., which stands for The Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. And the reason I’m here writing you this is because my team really needs your help. One of the tasks is to get a NYT best-selling author to read the “California Driver Handbook – Laws and Rules of the Road” dramatically in a video. It doesn’t have to be the entire text, just a section. We would be eternally grateful (!!) I really hope you can help us, if not, you’ll still be one of my favorite authors.  Thank you for your time. – Julia”

You all know by now I’ll do anything for my fans. Press play on the first recording and then click on the video of my dramatic reading below.

I hope this helps and GOOD LUCK!!!

Have a weird request for me? Send it to me Facebook inbox along with your #wearepretenders confessions. I’m loving what you’ve submitted so far.

 

TTYW,

Lisi

SPOILED ALERT!

Thank you for your birthday wishes and the motorcade of Fed Ex and UPS trucks that have been delivering gifts to my house for the last twenty-four hours. I survived another one, my friends. When I think of my last year, I truly wonder how. But then I see this video invite my ah-mazing friend Jenn made for my party and I know. I survived because I have great friends, a supportive family, awesome fans, patient editors, and a ton of water. Yes, water.  As you will see in this video I do my best to get those 8 glasses in every day.

 

 

 

I LOVE YOU!!!!

TTYW,

Lisi

Forever Pretenders

My Facebook inbox is heavy with your confessions. Some of these secrets are so good, I’d love to give the pretender credit for their confessional courage, but everything here stays anonymous. Of all the confessions I’ve received from readers since Pretenders first released, these are my top 10 favorites. Pretending is now officially ubiquitous and nobody is immune. How do you pretend?

#wearepretenders

#wearepretenders

#wearepretenders

#wearepretenders

#wearepretenders

#wearepretenders

#wearepretenders

#wearepretenders

#wearepretenders

#wearepretenders

 

TTYW,

Lisi

Spill it!

License to Spill

It’s been less than a month since Pub Day and I ah-dore all the positive feedback on the second installment of the Pretenders series. If it’s more you want check out this page. It has a preview of License to Spill plus journal entries called “spilled secrets” for Lily, Vanessa, Jagger, Sheridan, and Duffy.

License to Spill

License to Spill License to Spill

 

I’m starting book 3 and want to know what you think so far. Who’s X Phonie? Did you catch my clues? Who has the strongest motive for spilling these secrets? Come on… spill it!

TTYW,

Lisi

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