Clique Bait
Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn in this thrilling debut from Wattpad star Ann Valett.Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge. Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She traded her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, deleted everything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully devised a way to befriend the members of the popular clique. Now all that’s left to do is uncover their deepest, darkest secrets and reveal them to the world.Chloe has the perfect plan…that is, until she begins to fall for one of the people she’s determined to destroy.

Clique Bait Details

TitleClique Bait
Author
ReleaseApr 28th, 2020
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062918109
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Romance

Clique Bait Review

  • Tijana
    January 1, 1970
    This book's blurb describes it as Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn. I, on the other hand, feel like Gossip Girl on steroids is more spot on.Clique Bait follows Chloe, a girl going for revenge on popular classmates who did something bad to her friend Monica.Her friend Monica, who completely ditched her in order to become a part of the mentioned popular crew. A friend who stopped speaking to her and pretended she didn't exist, once she got in.Totally a friend worth dedicating your This book's blurb describes it as Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn. I, on the other hand, feel like Gossip Girl on steroids is more spot on.Clique Bait follows Chloe, a girl going for revenge on popular classmates who did something bad to her friend Monica.Her friend Monica, who completely ditched her in order to become a part of the mentioned popular crew. A friend who stopped speaking to her and pretended she didn't exist, once she got in.Totally a friend worth dedicating your life to revenge. *rolls eyes theatrically*But yes, I did enjoy this book very much. It was fast paced and gripping, a couple of characters actually likable.As for the "major" plot twist about what the popular kids did to Monica - I figured it out the moment I started guessing it. The funny part is, I didn't even have a chance to pause and think about it till I was almost halfway through - it was that action packed, full of gossips and intrigues.Still, it did leave a slightly bitter taste in my mouth, mostly because I thought the glorified Monica wasn't a good person and was to blame for what happened to her, for what Chloe, our MC, blamed others till the very end. "I needed to accept that she’d made a bad decision, and forgive her for it, but how could I when it was all their fault?"
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    So this one was a lot of fun! It had sort of a Gossip Girl type vibe mixed with some other things! I really thought Chloe was an awesome character, and I could see why she would want to get revenge. But sometimes things may not always be what they seem. She blackmails this dude, Will, into helping her join the Level One crowd, and oh boy, I seriously liked him. He wasn't perfect but he was pretty dang close!There are twists and turns and interesting reveals! The writing and dialogue were A+. Now So this one was a lot of fun! It had sort of a Gossip Girl type vibe mixed with some other things! I really thought Chloe was an awesome character, and I could see why she would want to get revenge. But sometimes things may not always be what they seem. She blackmails this dude, Will, into helping her join the Level One crowd, and oh boy, I seriously liked him. He wasn't perfect but he was pretty dang close!There are twists and turns and interesting reveals! The writing and dialogue were A+. Now the only thing I didn't get was why Chloe was doing all this for Monica because from the get go, I felt Monica was a real bitch. I know she might have been nice in her past, but you can't look at the past, you have to see how they are in their final moments. Besides that, I thoroughly enjoyed this read!
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  • Vee_Bookish // stan shea couleé
    January 1, 1970
    I'm also a book blogger: Vee_BookishIt's no secret that I was obsessed with Mean Girls as a teenager, me and my friend's hobby was to recite every single line from it as we watched it, we were dedicated. Clique Bait is a similar vein to Mean Girls, with a much darker edge to it.Honestly, this book gave me a lot that I was missing from All Your Twisted Secrets, the backstabbing, the blackmail, the gossip. I raced through the book enjoying every moment, I think my only complaint was that I wanted I'm also a book blogger: Vee_BookishIt's no secret that I was obsessed with Mean Girls as a teenager, me and my friend's hobby was to recite every single line from it as we watched it, we were dedicated. Clique Bait is a similar vein to Mean Girls, with a much darker edge to it.Honestly, this book gave me a lot that I was missing from All Your Twisted Secrets, the backstabbing, the blackmail, the gossip. I raced through the book enjoying every moment, I think my only complaint was that I wanted to get into The Level One's personality and home life more, as we did only get their surface level.One thing that did interest me was that we don't actually know what happened to Monica for most of the book, or even if she's alive. I couldn't decide if she was dead, moved away, in prison, in a mental asylum or simply sunning herself on a beach in California. Wanting to know what happened really kept me flicking though the pages quickly.
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  • Claude's Bookzone
    January 1, 1970
    CW: Dealing with grief, loss of loved one, guilt, bullying, drugging of a teenager, excessive drinkingA good high school revenge drama focused on the take-down of the school's elite students. Chloe wants to end the ‘Level Ones’ reign of terror because of the role they played in the loss of her friend Monica. She gains access to the inner sanctum by way of blackmail and forces one of the boys in the group to 'fake date' her. Slowly Chloe uncovers the truth of the dynamics within the group and has CW: Dealing with grief, loss of loved one, guilt, bullying, drugging of a teenager, excessive drinkingA good high school revenge drama focused on the take-down of the school's elite students. Chloe wants to end the ‘Level Ones’ reign of terror because of the role they played in the loss of her friend Monica. She gains access to the inner sanctum by way of blackmail and forces one of the boys in the group to 'fake date' her. Slowly Chloe uncovers the truth of the dynamics within the group and has to decide how she can use these vulnerabilities to get revenge for her best friend and create more balance in the school's social system. My main issue was that Monica didn’t seem as invested in the friendship as Chloe was, considering she ditched her on her rise to 'Level Onedom'. Also, I’m not sure what it says about me but I would have liked a bit more eye gouging and hair pulling to be honest. It was an incredibly tame revenge story in comparison to Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin, but still a satisfying read.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    Chloe plans to take down the popular kids after her best friend Monica is gone. She doesn’t plan on falling for one of the guys.CLIQUE BAIT started off strong, with Chloe, clearly pained, wearing her heart on the outside. As the plot continued, the story lagged, Chloe became one of the mean kids, and characters became tropes. The quality of Ann Valett’s writing is the strongest component of CLIQUE BAIT. I never got a feel for why Chloe and Monica were such close friends and the lure of popularit Chloe plans to take down the popular kids after her best friend Monica is gone. She doesn’t plan on falling for one of the guys.CLIQUE BAIT started off strong, with Chloe, clearly pained, wearing her heart on the outside. As the plot continued, the story lagged, Chloe became one of the mean kids, and characters became tropes. The quality of Ann Valett’s writing is the strongest component of CLIQUE BAIT. I never got a feel for why Chloe and Monica were such close friends and the lure of popularity that seem to cause Monica’s personality change. I never got a feel for any part of Monica that made me care she was gone (which means exactly what you think it does).The ending quick, tidy and unrealistic ending was the weakest part of the story. CLIQUE BAIT isn’t a bad book, it’s just not very good and lacks payoff of satisfaction at the end.
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  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryClique Bait by Ann Valett (an Australian author!) is a high school rich mean girls revenge and fake dating story set in an American high school, with a cynical lead vowing to get revenge on the mean kids clique that did something terrible to her ex-best friend. It's full of glitz and glamour, loads of backstabbing and bitches, allegedly some hot guys (I didn't see it, sorry!), so I can definitely see the appeal of that kind of novel. I wa This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryClique Bait by Ann Valett (an Australian author!) is a high school rich mean girls revenge and fake dating story set in an American high school, with a cynical lead vowing to get revenge on the mean kids clique that did something terrible to her ex-best friend. It's full of glitz and glamour, loads of backstabbing and bitches, allegedly some hot guys (I didn't see it, sorry!), so I can definitely see the appeal of that kind of novel. I was originally drawn to it because it came up for review at the same time as The Upside of Falling, a fellow Wattpad novel that started on Episode, so I figured why not give both of these novels a go and see how their origins affect the end product.This book was originally a Wattpad novel, and unfortunately it still feels like a Wattpad novel. The conflicts are bite sized. The scenes are bite sized. The chapters are short and punchy. And there's not much emotional depth to it. Overall it just feels a little clumsy. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it had been able to give more depth, motivation, background, and emotional intelligence to any of the other characters besides out lead, Chloe.But that's really not what Wattpad fans are looking for.I did love how the book was broken into sections depending on Chloe's plan including infiltrating and blackmailing the Clique. The little letters at the beginning of each chapter were a nice choice, too. It made me wonder what happened to Monica and why was it such a mystery: I didn't know if she had changed schools, was in a coma, or if she'd moved to Australia. I only knew that SOMETHING TERRIBLE had happened, but the Clique did such terrible things to each other and the people around them that I just couldn't guess what it was.I really didn't see the appeal of hot mean guy with a heart of gold, William. I feel like William only liked Chloe due to some kind of guilt over Monica, and I feel like Chloe is only attracted to William because he's alleged hot and definitely rich, and doesn't have any deeper feelings than that. Again, I think this was a failing of this book originating on Wattpad, because young readers don't care about emotional depth or meaningful connections, they only care about sexual tension. And boy, Chloe had a lot of sexual tension. So much that she didn't even recognise it in herself for a looong time.My biggest problem was that Chloe and Monica had been best friends for years, they attended the same school, and Chloe just expected people to not notice that. She thought she could reinvent herself and the Clique would just have no idea. Yet she was still friends with people from her old life, including inviting them to an exclusive  party. She wore an accessory that had famously belonged to her ex-bestie and expected no one to notice. Chloe was supposed to be smart, and she was very good at manipulating, but a lot of what she achieved came down to sheer luck, or someone else's motivations, and I found that frustrating. She wasn't the smart good girl Valett kept telling us she was, and that annoyed me.That being said, I kind of couldn't stop thinking about this book. I wanted more rich kid drama. I wanted more glitz and glam. I guess that's why the book was so popular! On the flip side, I did feel that this was, like REALLY adult. Like, these are high school kids and they're having sex scandals and underage drink spiking and night clubs and all kinds of stuff that just seemed really grown up. Maybe that was also part of the appeal, because young readers love to read about the misadventures of kids older than themselves.Overall I did really enjoy reading this book, I just feel like it didn't move on much from its Wattpad days, and older, more experienced readers might have a hard time loving this. Younger kids will probably lap it up, though.I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Being a reviewer has its perks like getting advanced copies of books just like Clique Bait by Ann Valett which isn't released till April 2020. The upside of this book was that it doesn't end on a cliffhanger which means I don't have to wait a whole year for a sequel as I have in the past with situations like this. Just like Anna Todd was picked up for her story on Wattpad, Ann Valett has too for Clique Bait. This story starts off with Chloe planning to get revenge for her friend Monica who has d Being a reviewer has its perks like getting advanced copies of books just like Clique Bait by Ann Valett which isn't released till April 2020. The upside of this book was that it doesn't end on a cliffhanger which means I don't have to wait a whole year for a sequel as I have in the past with situations like this. Just like Anna Todd was picked up for her story on Wattpad, Ann Valett has too for Clique Bait. This story starts off with Chloe planning to get revenge for her friend Monica who has died tragically before Summer break. Chloe blames the "Level Ones" - the popular crowd for Monica's death and has devised a plan to get revenge and ruin them all as in her mind they have to pay for what they did to Monica and for taking away Chloe's best friend. Unlike Monica, Chloe never really cared about popularity but in order to get an "in" with the Level One's she is going to have to channel Monica and use what Monica taught her over the years. As Chloe gets in with the Level Ones, she starts to discover everything isn't rosy in their world and that they are definitely putting up facades. As Chloe goes along with her plan, can she get them to drop their facades for just a minute so she can expose them for the evil bullies they are and ruin their hierarchy pyramid? During the book Chloe will be opened to the going-on's from secret trysts to sleeping with the teachers. Can Chloe bring down the Level Ones before she finds herself turning into one of them? Will her friend Jack bring her back to earth and ground her? Find out in this fun revenge YA high school novel "Clique Bait" by Ann Valett releasing during April 2020.
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  • Grace Collins
    January 1, 1970
    This story was unique and very well-written. I thoroughly enjoyed it for its realistic depiction of relationships in High School and the harsh reality of dealing with things like revenge. With a little mystery trickled in there and an immense desire to know what happens in the next chapter, I couldn't put the story down. This is my review of the online version. I'll extend once I read the published copy!
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  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[blackmail, drinking, ableist words used, throwing up, cheating, fatshaming, bullying, death, drowning, peer pressure, abusive relationship. (hide spoiler)]Diversity: POC side characters, queer side character.Real Rating: 4,5 stars. I had SO much fun with this one. It was such an entertaining read I wanted to devour it all. I liked the fake-dating romance and how it slowly developed, I liked the determined main character and yeah, I had a lot of fun with that one Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[blackmail, drinking, ableist words used, throwing up, cheating, fatshaming, bullying, death, drowning, peer pressure, abusive relationship. (hide spoiler)]Diversity: POC side characters, queer side character.Real Rating: 4,5 stars. I had SO much fun with this one. It was such an entertaining read I wanted to devour it all. I liked the fake-dating romance and how it slowly developed, I liked the determined main character and yeah, I had a lot of fun with that one and would definitely recommend it for fans of all the drama.Read my full review of Clique Bait on the blog! Thank you to the publisher for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'
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  • The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge Jenny Han fan, so I am intrigued by the Burn for Burn comparison in the synopsis. Friends that stick up for one another are characters that I love. It shall be interesting to see how the romance plays into the story.
  • Jaye Berry
    January 1, 1970
    Well... this was... interesting... I noticed after finishing that this was originally a wattpad story and that explains so damn much. If I had known I would have just skipped.Clique Bait is about a girl named Chloe who is out for revenge. After the popular kids at school ruined her best friend Monica's life, Chloe makes a plan to join their ranks and then expose their secrets. To get in she blackmails a boy named William into fake dating her but then real feelings start happening.I mean I was en Well... this was... interesting... I noticed after finishing that this was originally a wattpad story and that explains so damn much. If I had known I would have just skipped.Clique Bait is about a girl named Chloe who is out for revenge. After the popular kids at school ruined her best friend Monica's life, Chloe makes a plan to join their ranks and then expose their secrets. To get in she blackmails a boy named William into fake dating her but then real feelings start happening.I mean I was entertained enough?? I just really needed some mindless trash to pass the time while I played Animal Crossing and this was hella mindless trash. This is very similar to Burn for Burn (which it even mentions on the goodreads summary), honestly probably too similar in a way because it just felt like reading that but not as spicy. This also had Mean Girls vibes but not actually fun or meaningful at all.I like my revenge stories to involve much more murder (because this had zero and was just petty dumb sex secret shit) and less literally outing gay boys and thinking you really did something. Disgusting and Chloe can choke.This is a mystery, wat? It's obvious what happened from the very beginning and when it had such a big reveal it didn't live up to the hype. Nothing lived up to the hype the book was giving itself. Chloe is planning some big epic revenge on these popular kids and it's just very small and then the ending happens SO fast and literally nothing mattered at all. Everything wraps up in half a chapter and then it ends like oh, okay I guess.All of the characters and the romance is so tropey and cliché and it was such a joke. I think everyone in this book lives in some weird ass fantasy land because that is not how anything works. The romance was hilariously bad too because it was so fast and they had no chemistry at all. Chloe had more chemistry with the random friend she talked to once in the book.So I mean if you need some good old dumb high school trash and characters acting like they are all on crack as they drink alcohol like it is water, this is the book for you.
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  • Stella
    January 1, 1970
    me done, but im underwelmed.---------------------this book bored the heck out of me and i do get bored easily. how does a revenge book be this forgettablethis plot revolved around the main character, chloe, wanting to get revenge on the popular crowd that contributed to hurting her best friend, monica. anyway she begins to start “fake dating” William and this was a mess. chloe was awful at getting revenge, like how did no one realize she was a snake. she was annoying. there was also William fall me done, but im underwelmed.---------------------this book bored the heck out of me and i do get bored easily. how does a revenge book be this forgettablethis plot revolved around the main character, chloe, wanting to get revenge on the popular crowd that contributed to hurting her best friend, monica. anyway she begins to start “fake dating” William and this was a mess. chloe was awful at getting revenge, like how did no one realize she was a snake. she was annoying. there was also William falling for her which didn’t make sense since she wasn’t even a little bit likable. she also got one of her friends, jack, to help get dirt on this crowd so that adds to the chaos.the popular crowd having “depth.” there wasn’t enough to make it interesting. we find out francis is the worst as he is abusive towards lola. zach is dating someone from outside of their clique, max. sophie is messing around with a teacher blah blah blah. this friend group was so dense like it was hard to even want to root for their downfall. they just seemed like they needed help.chloe was the worst CHARACTER to read from. like her pov SUCKED. she wasn’t interesting nor complex nor had anything going for her. she was just a lonely girl that held her friend to a higher standard and didn’t want to confront that nobody is perfect. she was disgusting. disgusting. it was really obvious monica was dead. we find out that at a party as a trick, she jumped into the shallow end and died. chloe had really been getting revenge for a friend that didn’t care for her and that’s what fell flat. it felt more like chloe was stuck in the past and wanted revenge when she couldn’t see that monica was still seen as a flaw, and it was just… you can tell the clique was impacted by her death. ending. weak as heck. the confession at the end with lola was so weak like how are we supposed to feel bad when she barely had any one on one scenes with chloe and was a jerk the ENTIRE book. she says revenge isn’t the answer and apologizes, sophie and francis have to get a lawyer. this is because the video footage that chloe had found was released with their secrets. jack released it. soph and francis left, sophie was having an affair with the teacher, zach disappeared, maddy apologized and has a yt platform who seem to acutally be decent, and lola just kept to herself.my thing is I skipped over the entire plot because it was a whole lot of nothing. the “popular” clique was boring and her relationship with William was boring and there was just no fun in her plot. I feel like im repeating myself but there was very little of anything redeemable of this. there are better revenge stories than this book.
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  • Tay Marley
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book ! I couldn’t put it down. I genuinely couldn’t see how it was going to turn out. The plot was unique and I thought it had an amazing mix of TV drama such as Gossip Girls and real life issues that teens face at high school today. Peer pressure. Bullying. Impossible to meet standards. Anxiety. It was fantastic. !
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  • Kirra
    January 1, 1970
    Clique Bait was the first book on my list that I really wanted to read this month. Lately, I've definitely felt the struggle getting into my current reads and I really needed an engrossing book that wasn't too serious. I saw this book and I thought it sounded fun like Heathers or Jawbreaker. I was also wondering just what the hell these popular students did to Chloe's best friend that made her want to carry out such an extreme takedown.Straight away you're introduced to Chloe and in her diary en Clique Bait was the first book on my list that I really wanted to read this month. Lately, I've definitely felt the struggle getting into my current reads and I really needed an engrossing book that wasn't too serious. I saw this book and I thought it sounded fun like Heathers or Jawbreaker. I was also wondering just what the hell these popular students did to Chloe's best friend that made her want to carry out such an extreme takedown.Straight away you're introduced to Chloe and in her diary entries/letters at the start of her chapters you learn more about her best friend Monica. You're also introduced to those popular students she despises and you learn they each have something to hide and something to protect.Read the rest of my review here.
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  • Taschima
    January 1, 1970
    Not gonna lie, reading Foul Is Fair might have ruined me for other revenge stories. IT WAS THAT GOOD.Anyways..Well, I can see the appeal.Click Bait is definitely compulsively readable. It is just so easy to fall into the story, I finished it in two days flat.HOWEVER, there are still things that could have been further developed, and the plot twist was kind of weak.One of the highlights of Clique Bait was the relationship between Chloe and William. It actually snuck up on me. At first they are on Not gonna lie, reading Foul Is Fair might have ruined me for other revenge stories. IT WAS THAT GOOD.Anyways..Well, I can see the appeal.Click Bait is definitely compulsively readable. It is just so easy to fall into the story, I finished it in two days flat.HOWEVER, there are still things that could have been further developed, and the plot twist was kind of weak.One of the highlights of Clique Bait was the relationship between Chloe and William. It actually snuck up on me. At first they are only together because Chloe makes William help her due to black mail, but eventually you can actually see a real connection developing between the characters. I thought we could have used some insight into William's home life, as it was discussed but never really shown. In fact, this is true for Chloe as well. We never get to actually see the relationship between her father and mother, it is only told to us. We never see her father actually. It is just one of those things that could have brought these characters closer together and developed the story further, making it a lot more complex.I did like how the overall situation is not so black and white; Chloe's enemies are painted as more than just villains, after all they are kids. The bad thing about this is that we don't get this vulnerability until the very end of the book, which is good that we got it, but kind of disappointed it took so long. We also don't get some confrontations I was looking forward to seeing, specially when it came to the only "bad" girl who seemed to turn over a new leaf a little past midway of the story.I will admit that the reason that Chloe is going for the "level ones", the ones she swears are responsible for her ex-best friend leaving her behind, is a tad weak. Scratch that, it is hella weak. Ultimately it is Monica's choices that led her path (though, to be honest it did feel like Chloe's revenge stemmed less from the final break up and more from the level one's allure and power to pull Monica away from Chloe--though I don't think even Chloe realizes herself how super jealous she is). That was crunchy, and I enjoyed it.The plot twist I saw coming from the very beginning of the novel. If anything, it kept me from enjoying the novel more because it was just so obvious and kind of cliche. I would have liked exploring Monica's character through the book, maybe getting a little of what was going through her head as she climbed up the "Level One" ladder.The setting itself left much to be desired. For this being set on a private school that a bunch of MEGA RICH kids went to it seemed like ANY OTHER HIGH SCHOOL in the USA. Seriously lacked anything special, and we spend half the novel in the high school or at a rich kid's mansion for a party. Really, this could have been at any high school with a couple of kids' whose family had power lording it over everyone else.But again, it was super readable, and if revenge is your game then I do recommend picking up Clique Bait. Though, if you like your revenge stories a little bloodier I would read Foul Is Fair first and foremost.Old Update:The summary is almost exactly like Foul Is Fair (one of my FAVORITE reads this year).It will be interesting to see how the two novels differ.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....3.5 StarsAs soon as I heard of Clique Bait I knew that I was going to enjoy reading it. I love picking up a book like this every now and then and tend to pick them up when I’m on a verge of a reading slump because they’re always entertaining and easy reads. I expected this to be full of rich girl drama and I was even more excited that it was set at an elite private school. Clique Bait was a quick, entertaining read that al You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....3.5 StarsAs soon as I heard of Clique Bait I knew that I was going to enjoy reading it. I love picking up a book like this every now and then and tend to pick them up when I’m on a verge of a reading slump because they’re always entertaining and easy reads. I expected this to be full of rich girl drama and I was even more excited that it was set at an elite private school. Clique Bait was a quick, entertaining read that also dove into how harmful bullying can truly be. I tore through this book pretty quickly and really enjoyed it.I found all of the characters to be a bit superficial, which you tend to expect in books like this, but I had expected Chloe to have a bit more substance to her. All of her decisions seemed to be run by her need for revenge and not much else. I would have liked some flashbacks to her friendship with Monica so that I could at least understand why revenge was so important to her. The popular girls were sufficiently nasty, but not quite as bad as I expected them to be. I feel like a bit more character development could have done wonders for this book.I didn’t really read too much of the blurb before diving into this book, so I was really thrilled with the revenge plot. It felt a bit like Mean Girls, where a girl infiltrates the popular clique in order to bring them down. While it definitely had some Mean Girls vibes, there were also many differences between this book and that movie. I didn’t know that there would be a fake romance as a part of the plot and I discovered that I really enjoy the whole idea of a fake romance. The bullying wasn’t as extreme as I had expected it to be, but you could definitely catch onto the hierarchy and admiration people had for the popular clique. The ending of the book wasn’t as powerful as I had expected it to be. I think it the story built up to it well, but then it just felt like it didn’t live up to what I had expected.Overall I think it was an entertaining read that touched on some important topics, but it wasn’t great. I just expected a little more than what I got. I did enjoy the revenge plot and the fake romance, but it just felt like it was lacking a bit of substance. I did enjoy it though and read it really fast, so I will definitely be paying attention to what Ann Valet writes next.
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  • I'm All Booked Up YA
    January 1, 1970
    Chloe Whitticker wants one thing: revenge. Last year, a group of rich and popular students destroyed the life of Monica Pennington, Chloe’s best friend. Now, Chloe won’t stop to make them pay for ruining Monica’s life.At this elite private school outside of Los Angeles, most students have money, but some have everything handed to them. They’re known to Chloe as Level 1. They’re evil and will crush anyone who stands in their way.There is Lola: the Queen Bee, Sophie: the enforcer, Maddy: the ditz, Chloe Whitticker wants one thing: revenge. Last year, a group of rich and popular students destroyed the life of Monica Pennington, Chloe’s best friend. Now, Chloe won’t stop to make them pay for ruining Monica’s life.At this elite private school outside of Los Angeles, most students have money, but some have everything handed to them. They’re known to Chloe as Level 1. They’re evil and will crush anyone who stands in their way.There is Lola: the Queen Bee, Sophie: the enforcer, Maddy: the ditz, Francis: Sophie’s eviler twin, Zach: the dumb jock and Will: the one Chloe needs to cooperate. Chloe changed her appearance for this in order to fit in. She tests her new look at the first party of senior year, where she corners Will with blackmail she has on his father. Reluctantly, Will agrees to help to save his dad’s political career….and suggests they fake date.Instantly, everyone knows who Chloe is and wants her as a friend. I mean, she is dating the hot and popular Will Bishop. But it won’t be easy to win over his friends. But what else is a girl to do to get the dirt she needs? Complications come up along the way. Chloe has to decide whether it’s worth becoming just like the Level 1s, who she hates, in order to destroy them. Plus, falling for Will makes things even more difficult.This was one of our most anticipated reads of 2020 so we went into it with high expectations. We have to say it wasn’t quite what we expected, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.Based on the description we read, we assumed the revenge would have been a tad darker. On Goodreads it was described as Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn. It definitely did not have the same edge as Pretty Little Liars. For those who haven’t read the books, they are darker than the TV show. However, that wasn’t a bad thing. We had a lot of fun reading this story. Chloe was witty and out of place among the popular girls. Despite being rich, she never quite fit in at her elite private school. She had a big reason for wanting revenge. The reader learns more and more about Monica’s back story as the book progresses. In some ways, we found it hard to feel bad for Monica when she treated Chloe poorly…but she didn’t deserve what Lola and Sophie did. Will became more complex of a character as the story went on and we enjoyed that. He felt like he was pulled in two different directions battling his loyalty to his friend group and what terrible people they had become through the last few years. We enjoyed the pacing as well. Valett didn’t give too much back story and it came out at the right time. Also, Chloe felt authentic in the way she became overwhelmed at times. She never quite thought her plan through and acted out of emotions. One thing we didn’t love was the abrupt ending. It felt like the volcano had finally erupted and then poof, epilogue. We wish the resolution were more complex and less predictable. We also wish Chloe and Will’s relationship was focused on a bit more. We hoped for more swoon when a guy named Will is involved. Overall, if you love Mean Girls and stories about revenge, you should read. Despite our annoyance at the end, we found ourselves laughing through most of the book. Clique Bait was a solid book from a debut YA author. Blog | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Karen Barber
    January 1, 1970
    A revenge story has to be believable for us to really get behind it. Chloe is determined to get revenge on what she terms the Level One students in her high school. We know it’s linked to her ex-best friend Monica but we are told very little else. Not knowing this for much of the story makes it quite hard to understand why Chloe is so determined to go all out for this.Following Chloe we see her set up her way in - using politician’s son Will Bishop to act as her boyfriend so she won’t expose his A revenge story has to be believable for us to really get behind it. Chloe is determined to get revenge on what she terms the Level One students in her high school. We know it’s linked to her ex-best friend Monica but we are told very little else. Not knowing this for much of the story makes it quite hard to understand why Chloe is so determined to go all out for this.Following Chloe we see her set up her way in - using politician’s son Will Bishop to act as her boyfriend so she won’t expose his father’s double dealings. Given the kind of scenarios and money we’re being led to believe this involves, it is hard to believe Chloe would be so easily accepted.As Chloe digs her way into the group she watches...looking for her way in, her chance to exact the revenge that drives her. She learns about the members of the group, and their secrets. It’s just a matter of time...But as Chloe digs for this dirt she finds herself curiously understanding some of the behaviours, even coming to feel sympathy for some of the characters. Will she let her growing feelings for Will get in the way of the debt she feels she owes her ex friend?
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  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy.Means Girls meets Get Even , Clique Bait follows Chloe's path for revenge against the most popular students at her rich prep school after her best friends life, Monica, was destroyed. She's traded in her thrift fashion for designer labels, deep cleansed her social media, and carefully devised a plan to infiltrate the group, collect their dirty secrets, and release them I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy.Means Girls meets Get Even , Clique Bait follows Chloe's path for revenge against the most popular students at her rich prep school after her best friends life, Monica, was destroyed. She's traded in her thrift fashion for designer labels, deep cleansed her social media, and carefully devised a plan to infiltrate the group, collect their dirty secrets, and release them to the world, toppling their carefully constructed social hierarchy. But her plan begins to go amiss when she falls for one of the very people she's vowed to take down. I’m a sucker for revenge stories, and Clique Bait was addictive and a highly entertaining one for sure. If you like books with a lot of drama, Clique Bait will appeal to you.What I liked about Clique Bait was how it portrayed the Level One’s. It showed that there was a lot more complexity than what you realised and there was a lot of insecurity behind the surface (although some of them were just ass-holes), but it also never excused what they did.Chloe was probably not the most engaging character, and there was probably not as much depth to any of the characters to form any sort of emotional attachment, but it was a fun read nonetheless.There is a romance between Chloe and one of the Level One’s, a guy called William. It is fake-dating AND enemies-to-lovers, and I love both. I think the romance was definitely what made this a four-star read.Overall, a decent YA revenge story for fans of books with drama and some slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers romance.
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  • hayaat ♥
    January 1, 1970
    i read this forever ago on wattpad, and i really liked it!! so i'm v excited to see this version (and hopefully like it as much)
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy this book. Everything about it was so good.
  • Austin
    January 1, 1970
    this was so predictable and stupid that it transcended itself and became High Art. getting one more star than it deserves because I respect the hustleit is, however, UNHINGED that Chloe is written Like That and I'm supposed to believe she's straight??? ma'am.
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  • kell
    January 1, 1970
    This book was AMAZING. Read the original version online years ago, it had me hooked back then, and it certainly had me hooked this time around, too. The characters are fully-realized and complicated, and it’s so easy to get sucked into the messy world of Arlington Prepatory. Once you’re in, it’s incredibly hard to put the book down. I cried, I squealed, I sat on the edge of my seat. Getting the chance to read this book again was like reconnecting with an old friend. Absolutely loved it!!!
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  • Nikki S
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.**EDIT 05/30/20**You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away... *NEEDS TO BE ADDED TO AMAZON* I have been going back and forth all night on what I wanted to give this. On one hand it was good. I liked the mystery behind it. But on the other side, it was very repetitive. There’s only so much you can do with a story solely focused on revenge. But overall, it was ok. Chloe Whittaker has been left all alone without her best friend. Now she’s hell bent on getting reve Review to come.**EDIT 05/30/20**You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away... *NEEDS TO BE ADDED TO AMAZON* I have been going back and forth all night on what I wanted to give this. On one hand it was good. I liked the mystery behind it. But on the other side, it was very repetitive. There’s only so much you can do with a story solely focused on revenge. But overall, it was ok. Chloe Whittaker has been left all alone without her best friend. Now she’s hell bent on getting revenge from the people who took Monica from her. So she’s traded in her old life to become one of the popular kids. She’s hidden everything that would tie her to her best friend, and befriended the people she despised most…. One of them. Now all she has to do is reveal their secrets and tell the world. Ok, when I say there’s only so much you can do in a story about revenge, they basically were just going to parties and just being awful to each other. It wasn’t something that I could stomach all at once, that’s why it took me a little while to read it. I just hated seeing these teens basically destroy each other. I know it’s realistic and all, but it just didn’t feel great to see them spiking each other’s drinks, constantly partying and drinking, and recording a girl with 2 guys when she’s underage. I get it, they needed something that was really mean, but it was still hard for me to read. And that’s what I meant about the repetitiveness. It was just basically them partying the whole time. It got a bit boring. As for the characters, I wasn’t really a fan of anyone… Except the love interest. He was weirdly the only voice of reason. And that’s not normal for me lol Normally I like the main character and not their love interest, so this is new to me lol But for the most part, I really liked him. I wasn’t super sold on this one, but overall it was good. I wasn’t in a great mystery, but it was a great revenge story. Definitely something I would shout from the rooftops, BUT if someone asks, I would still recommend it to them.
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  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    I'm never getting over Will and Chloe. I loved them in HSHL and I love them in Clique Bait. I decided to read this story because I loved HSHL and its characters, and Clique Bait didn't disappoint. Many of the changes were surprising but definitely welcome - I liked the fact that there were less Level One characters, as it was easier to actually get to know them. And it definitely felt like Chloe was more proactive in this version, which I kinda missed in HSHL. And obviously, additional Chloe/Wil I'm never getting over Will and Chloe. I loved them in HSHL and I love them in Clique Bait. I decided to read this story because I loved HSHL and its characters, and Clique Bait didn't disappoint. Many of the changes were surprising but definitely welcome - I liked the fact that there were less Level One characters, as it was easier to actually get to know them. And it definitely felt like Chloe was more proactive in this version, which I kinda missed in HSHL. And obviously, additional Chloe/Will scenes had me dead.On the other hand, though, I still prefer HSHL. Idk, maybe it's cause I read it first, so I kept comparing this version to that one, but it kinda felt like it lacked something that HSHL had... (view spoiler)[I didn't like the ending. Idk, it just didn't feel right for me. In the HSHL, the ending completely broke me, but it also made a lot of sense. In Clique Bait, the happy ending just felt out of place. And the Jack/William twist was the best thing in HSHL, so I was shocked to see that it was left out. (hide spoiler)]All in all, still a 5 star read and I recommend it to everyone who loves a good YA with a mystery!.
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  • Dark Heart Books
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating 4.5 stars. YASS! This is the kind of trash that I love – and please know, I’m not using trash as an insult. At all. This is amazing to me, but let’s be real – it’s not exactly hard hitting stuff is it? But my word did I enjoy this guilty pleasure. To me, it’s just as good as Mean Girls (the film).When I was younger, this would have been my nightmare. I never watched Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars or any of those types of trashy shows that this book is being likened to. So I’ve Actual rating 4.5 stars. YASS! This is the kind of trash that I love – and please know, I’m not using trash as an insult. At all. This is amazing to me, but let’s be real – it’s not exactly hard hitting stuff is it? But my word did I enjoy this guilty pleasure. To me, it’s just as good as Mean Girls (the film).When I was younger, this would have been my nightmare. I never watched Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars or any of those types of trashy shows that this book is being likened to. So I’ve got no reference to that. I wasn’t interested at the time –probably cos I went to an all-girl’s school and it was a little too real! But now?! As an adult? Give me this high school drama between rich, sexy people! I’m going to be honest: I DID NOT EXPECT TO LIKE THIS AS MUCH AS I DID! I was along for the ride, 100% I loved the characters, I was given conflict, both drama and internal, I liked the plot, I related to a lot of the situations or characters.The only thing I’m bothered about is that I personally thought that Monica was a total bitch and didn’t deserve the revenge plan that Chloe wanted for her. But I guess that’s potentially the point – we have to make our own mind up. The writing was pretty good for the most part, and the dialogue was fantastic! This was a nice little bit of escapism for me and I really enjoyed it. Plus Will Bishop has made it onto my ‘book partners’ list!
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  • Sheena
    January 1, 1970
    This group of elite high schoolers were diabolical and totally dysfunctional. The story was definitely enlightening to read but I didn't think it lived up to all the hype in the end. The way the story progressed implied something major and shocking happening to the main character's friend Monica but finally when the truth was revealed I was left thinking if this was really what all the hype was about. There were some positive aspects to the story as well as it shows that everything we see isn't This group of elite high schoolers were diabolical and totally dysfunctional. The story was definitely enlightening to read but I didn't think it lived up to all the hype in the end. The way the story progressed implied something major and shocking happening to the main character's friend Monica but finally when the truth was revealed I was left thinking if this was really what all the hype was about. There were some positive aspects to the story as well as it shows that everything we see isn't always true or perfect. It shows the causes and the impact of bullying and the difficulties of trying to fit in at school. This group of rich, powerful and influential friends needed to be taught a lesson and that is exactly what the main character Chloe intended to do. They tormented and reveled in their power to control their fellow classmates never thinking about the repercussions because their parents were rich and influential members in society. The story does highlight both sides which aided in better understanding the inner workings of each group, that is, the popular versus the unpopular. It shows the stress and consequences of being popular as well as, the impact it can have on the persons being targeted. Overall, I think it was a good story with some good lessons to be learnt in the end. (view spoiler)[The story begins with Chloe writing a letter to her best friend Monica explaining the sorrow she feels without her being here. What actually happened to Monica is left a mystery and gradually we get to unravel the secret about her. Chloe promises Monica to get revenge on the elite group of friends that hurt her. Monica however, is not innocent in all the drama as she unfriends Chloe in order to move up the social ladder and become apart of the popular group of friends. She eventually becomes a mean girl and does all that she can to over throw the queen bee of the group Lola. Chloe is set in the belief that the clique is the reason for Monica's situation and holds on to the memory of how close they were before she joined their clique. Chloe's plan is to infiltrate the group by blackmailing one of the boys in the clique (William) into bringing her into their group of friends. William agrees that the clique would accept her only if she pretends to be his girlfriend. They both make a deal to keep William out of the revenge plan in order for him to aid her in getting all the dirty secrets amongst each member of the clique. As Chloe thinks she is accepted into the clique she learns the truth and secrets of all the members. She finds it difficult to be perfect all the time and adjust to fitting into their group. Chloe starts to feel guilty for what she has to do to other students in order to fit in. She begins developing feeling for William as she gets to know him better. As Chloe gathers all the evidence she needs to take down the group she realises she isn't the only student who wants revenge on the group of friends and accepts the help of Jack, another student who is tormented by the clique. At the end of the book Chloe is threatened by Lola that William will be targeted if she releases all the evidence she has gathered on them. She is left conflicted about whether to continue with her plan but Jack makes the decision for her and releases all the damaging evidence against the clique. We do get to find out the truth about Monica and the events that leading up to her being the source of Chloe's revenge plan. In the end as everything is revealed it shows how all the members of the clique handle their secrets being exposed. Chloe begins to date William officially and move on from her vendetta. (hide spoiler)]
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  • reenie
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a hot second since I read a young-adult book, but WOW. I had mixed expectations when I picked it up. It was a new addition to my young-adult ebook library, had a cute and clever cover and title, and it was written by a Wattpad author. However, I am thoroughly impressed with this book and loved it. I could not put it down and read 75% of it in one sitting because the story kept me up on my toes and had me flipping each page.Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars and Burn for Burn. It was It's been a hot second since I read a young-adult book, but WOW. I had mixed expectations when I picked it up. It was a new addition to my young-adult ebook library, had a cute and clever cover and title, and it was written by a Wattpad author. However, I am thoroughly impressed with this book and loved it. I could not put it down and read 75% of it in one sitting because the story kept me up on my toes and had me flipping each page.Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars and Burn for Burn. It was a brilliant and witty book told from Chloe, a girl seeking revenge towards the Level One after they took her best friend Monica from her. I suspected early on that Monica was dead / committed suicide, and it turned out to be somewhat right since I did read Burn for Burn three years ago. I saw a lot of myself in Chloe: someone protective over their best friend and willing to go to creative paths to seek revenge. Will and Chloe's relationship was built up slowly on the basis of a genuine connection and friendship, and it was nice to have a "good guy" for once. It reminded me of Bonnie and Clyde, and I adore the balance between normal high school experience and Chloe's revenge plot (the lacrosse game!!). Even though their relationship was founded on blackmail, they create a genuine and loving relationship. The Level One's actions were realistic and harsh and deliciously scandalous, and I was worried that Chloe would embark on a "Mean Girls" path. Each character was distinctive and interesting in their own, and the story kept the drama moving without rushing it. I admire that Ann Valett slowly revealed the conflict and backstories in their own time to gradually build depth behind the royalty of Arlington. The story was satisfying and emotionally fulfilling without being cheesy and over-the-top, and I cannot sing enough praises. I'm very excited to see future Ann Valett works.Happy Saturday! I hope your day is going well. And if it isn't, I hope that tomorrow or sometime soon, it gets better. Because I promise that it will get better. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but one day soon. There's a light at the end of the tunnel, and you have to keep going until you exit the tunnel. Life gets rough, but we always find peace.Do things that make you happy, and above else, amor omnia vincent.with love forever,Reenie💋
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC provided by the publisher. Thanks so much!*Chloe Whittaker wants revenge. Her best friend Monica’s life was ruined by the most popular kids at their school, and now Chloe plans to bring each and every one of them down—just like they did to Monica. Now Chloe has upgraded her wardrobe and erased all traces of Monica from her life. She has also determined how she will find out the clique’s deepest, darkest secrets—and expose them to the world. Chloe’s plan is perfect. That is, until she has to *ARC provided by the publisher. Thanks so much!*Chloe Whittaker wants revenge. Her best friend Monica’s life was ruined by the most popular kids at their school, and now Chloe plans to bring each and every one of them down—just like they did to Monica. Now Chloe has upgraded her wardrobe and erased all traces of Monica from her life. She has also determined how she will find out the clique’s deepest, darkest secrets—and expose them to the world. Chloe’s plan is perfect. That is, until she has to choose between betraying Monica or betraying the boy she’s starting to fall for.This is one of my most anticipated reads for this year. And while I wasn’t disappointed by it, it was just kind of…meh. There were things to like, but there were also things that just fell totally flat.This was a little trope-filled at times. However, one thing I really liked was the absence of a so-called “plain Jane” main character. Chloe was a rich girl who cared about her appearance, and not just a girl who is “plain-looking” and gets into her school on a scholarship. There’s nothing wrong with this type of character, but it was refreshing to have a different type of main character. I also liked Chloe’s characterization. This book did have solid characters, which was nice. I thoroughly enjoyed both Chloe and Will. This book also kind of reminded me the tiniest bit of Mean Girls.Overall, though, I feel like this is better suited to someone who is newer to YA. I normally enjoy mysteries, but this just wasn’t my cup of tea. Also, the book wrapped up at a ridiculously fast pace. I’m not kidding when I say that everything wrapped up in a chapter, max. Everything just felt so unfinished. It was one of those endings that everything was miraculously okay after the main point of the novel was done. I wouldn’t have minded more drama just to make things a little more interesting.*There may be spoilers below, stop here to avoid spoilage!*The one thing that I probably hated in the ending of the book was how it ended. Chloe’s plan had all fallen into place, but then she had a moment where she saw how “human” Lola was. Something about this whole scene was so bothersome. Lola showed up to school stripped of all her makeup and done-up hair and then she and Chloe had a heart-to-heart over Monica. I can’t say exactly what I hated about it, but it just felt so cliché. The whole trope where the main character sees the villain as human for the first time is just annoying.In addition to this, the ending was ridiculously rushed. Everything had fallen into place for Chloe’s plan and then, after it had been executed, everything was totally fine. There was no last-minute conflict for Chloe to deal with, or even an open ending, nothing. It kind of made the entire book feel pointless.I also kind of suspected Monica’s fate early on in the book. The whole letter writing thing that Chloe did was kind of a giveaway. Although I wasn’t totally sure as to what happened to Monica, it was fairly obvious a little bit of the way through.Rating: 2.5*
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