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There was a man. He had a knife. He attacked us down by the river.It was just a harmless little lie.Anna, Emma and Mariah concoct a story about why they're late getting home one night—a story that will replace their parents' anger with concern. They just have to stand by it. No matter what. Suddenly the police are involved, and the town demands that someone be punished. AnThere was a man. He had a knife. He attacked us down by the river.It was just a harmless little lie.Anna, Emma and Mariah concoct a story about why they're late getting home one night—a story that will replace their parents' anger with concern. They just have to stand by it. No matter what. Suddenly the police are involved, and the town demands that someone be punished. And then there is the man who is arrested and accused of a crime that never happened....

Title : Harmless
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ISBN : 9780385746991
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Harmless Reviews

  • karen
    2019-04-04 20:01

    this is a story that details the consequences of lies. when three girls get exposed in a teensy white lie, they decide to tell a much bigger lie because "go big or go home", right?? and "going home" will get them grounded."going big" will have much more serious consequences, but youth is shortsighted. and dumb. so very dumb.for a while, the lying thing works out quite well - they even end up looking pretty heroic and get sympathy shopping sprees, and boys with curiosities. but then the lie catches fire and destroys everything in its path. oh noes! my new makeup suddenly does not seem worth it!this is a pretty lightweight story - no great shakes, but when you get a free book in the middle of a horrific heat wave, you read what you get. and now i can bring it back to the free shelves at work, and forget it ever happened. hopefully, like this heat. it burrrns.(view spoiler)[ but why do we not find out what happened to anna?? emma stays at her school, despite all the problems she is sure to face, rich kid mariah gets to go to a lush boarding school, but after anna gets expelled, what can she do? her family is close and warm, but by no means wealthy, and her father works for mariah's asshole grudge-bearing stepdad. won't there be repercussions?? i would have liked a little more closure here, as her circumstances were going to be the most problematic in this aftermath (hide spoiler)]

  • Emily Cassady
    2019-04-07 20:11

    Mariah, Anna, and Emma all come together during their freshman year at ODS. Mariah has an older boyfriend at public school who constantly is giving her hickeys. When the girls become friends, Mariah introduced Anna and Emma to his friends. There was alcohol at the party and Emma ended up having sex with one of the boys she just met. This fundamentally alters Emma. She knows it was not rape, but she also knows she wasn’t ready. She silently struggles with this issue. Meanwhile, the other girls are oblivious and when plans arise for the next weekend, they are all on board. They each tell their mothers they are staying at the other girls place for a sleepover and a movie, and then sneak out. In the middle of the party, Emma’s mother called to say that she stopped by the movie and didn’t see Emma “WHERE WAS SHE”???The girls all freak out and ditch the party. They decide that they MUST come up with a plan. So they say that a man attacked Emma. While he was attacking, Mariah snuck up with a stone and pelted him on the head. The girls were all able to escape unscathed. It is a simple lie where no one gets hurt. They will all be protected. Best of all, none of the parents will figure out where they really were.However, things quickly spiral out of control. Another girl goes missing. The town is in an uproar about keeping the streets safe for young women. The parents make the girls go to the cops…one thing builds on top of another, until one of them cracks and must tell the truth to save herself.Told in three different narrative voices, each girl has a turn explaining the situation. It is a very interesting book to read. You feel mounting tension the whole time and you are quickly drawn into the lie and the story. Reinhardt, who previously wrote “A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life” has done an excellent job with a timely book about when to tell the truth and when lies hurt. “Harmless” has a very good message for students to read, yet isn’t too preachy. Sex and alcohol do make an appearance. However, I think it is portrayed responsibly with ramifications fully explored on many different levels. I personally wrote the author, and this was her reply:Thank you so much for the thoughtful email. I can't tell you how much itmeans to me. I also want to thank you for all you do to get kids reading.I was at the Texas Librarians Association Conference this past April inSan Antonio and enjoyed it tremendously. I hope to visit Texas againsoon, and hope to make it to more TLA conferences in the future.I have a new book coming out sometime next year, probably May or June,called HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE and I'm hard at work on another novel that I'mvery excited about. So yes, I'm still plugging away, and I hope these newbooks don't disappoint!Thanks again for taking the time to write.

  • Karen
    2019-04-21 12:48

    This is one of the best young adult books I have read in a long time. Very realistic, not sappy, dealing with real issues high school girls go through. Awesome portrayal of consequences that accompany bad choices and actions. This book reminded me of the Pretty Little Liars series but on a more mature level. The story is told from the alternating point of view of three girls who decide to tell one harmless little lie.

  • Brian Herrera
    2019-04-18 18:07

    **spoiler alert**SUMMARY:Anna and Emma have long been friends and, as freshman year begins, on the outskirts of their small private school's social scene. When a classroom assignment brings Mariah -- a new girl who's rumored to be dating a high school senior from across town -- into their tight circle, Emma and Anna find themselves toeing the edge of their comfort zone (spending time with new boys, staying out in defiance of their curfew) and also discovering new limits in their familiar friendship. On one fateful night, when the girls are "caught" returning from a party across town, they invent a story to explain their whereabouts. Almost immediately, their shared lie spins far beyond their expectations. The book details how even the simplest lies can have life-altering consequences as well as the double-edged sword of becoming the center of attention.WHAT I ENJOYED ABOUT THIS BOOK::: The story is excellent. Emotionally compelling and utterly plausible.:: I really admired how the home/parental lives of each of the main protagonists is developed in a way that illuminates but does not "explain" the actions of each girl.:: I completely enjoyed each of the characters, the ways they were different from one another and the ways I could see them becoming friends. I liked being in their heads and I really liked switching the povs to tell the story. My main beef was in how I couldn't hear the voices. I could feel the different vibes, but I really couldn't feel the difference between the characters in the prose. (Made me admire in retrospect how well Asher had done this, though the gender disparity may have served him there.):: Compelling and believable plot, amplifying each step toward the end. :: I wonder again about the generic whiteness of these characters. Do they ALL need to be so basically white? The book does a nice job of developing class distinctions among the girls, both in terms of actual cash and in terms of cultural capital, yet I wondered why there were no people of color in this circle of friends. Why couldn't Emma be Asian? Or Anna be black? Or Mariah be Latina? I don't know -- the generic whiteness works but...:: I really liked the fact of the character of Emma's hunky older brother. Really nicely developed.:: Basically, what I liked about the book is how it was really about the night of the lie -- about how each girl had in some way crossed an invisible line in their own beliefs about themselves in terms of their emerging sexuality -- and how those anxieties inform the journeys that follow the lie as it explodes. The book offers a number of great scenes exploring young women and their feelings of sexual inadequancy/pressure, yet the story is not actually "about" that.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-13 20:54

    WOW, that was INTENSE. I haven't felt that uncomfortable reading a book since The Shining. Mariah, Emma, and Anna told a big lie. And this is what happened. I was so uncomfortable reading this because I WAS a teenage girl, and I'll soon HAVE a teenage girl. And these girls were not bad girls. I or you or anyone could have a lapse in judgement as a teenager and make such a mistake, and then not have the maturity to correct it. The three different points of view made the story really strong. Anna was by far the most immature, having the least amount of guilt or understanding about the events that she directly put into motion. She had the most to gain. Emma was the most haunted by the lie they told, the most devastated, and the most effected. She had the most to lose. Mariah is an interesting character. She was levelheaded, trying to explain it away, but bothered by it despite her attempts to put it behind her. Mariah was intelligent and street smart and gritty. She was the one the girls looked to. She was the one who kept things cool. I would encourage my daughter to read this book when she gets older. I think it was really well written and the characters rang true. It is completely relate-able. I wish I had read this at age 14. I think it would have spoken to me as a troubled teenager. Not that I ever did something like this, but I don't think something like this couldn't have happened. And I feel the same way for my daughter.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-29 13:09

    Didn't enjoy it.I felt the major conflict, 3 girls lying about being nearly raped as a cover for being out partying, was unrealistic. I would hope that 15 year old girls wouldn't believe such a story is taken lightly and craft that sort of lie. Sure, they'd fib, say they met up with someone and got a ride someplace, but claim to be attacked? Doubt it. (Being a teen myself, I wouldn't concoct such a story.)The characters were highly unlikeable, by not only sticking to their lie, but reeling in and enjoying the benefits. It's a small town so the news got out. Anna felt popular, enjoyed others sympathy, went shopping with daddy's credit card. Mariah was distracted with trying to snag a fellow friends brother for a boyfriend. The only character who had any redeemable qualities was the guilt-stricken, withdrawn Emma and I didn't even like her. (Obviously, she's the one that busts and tells the truth.) The story itself, and the characters were cruddy, and the writing joins that circle, as well. Did the author try to make this story boring, or was it completely unintentional? At least each characters chapters were relatively short, so you got to take breaks from them.Skip this or pick it up at the library. Fortunately, I did.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-04-20 16:05

    Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.comEveryone's told lies. Most lies aren't even that bad. They don't hurt anyone...they're just harmless. One night, Mariah, Anna, and Emma are off at an older boy's house, instead of at the movies like they said they would be. But when their parents show up at the movies and can't find them anywhere, they are caught in their lie. They're okay, but they don't want to be grounded for life. Telling a little lie would be a lot easier than telling the truth, and nobody would get in trouble. So for fear of getting in huge trouble with their parents, the girls concoct a simple story. They were on their way to the movie, walking along the river, when a man attacked Emma. They didn't get a chance to see his face, and they don't remember what he looked like because they were scared. Luckily for Emma, Mariah and Anna threw a rock at the man's head and they were able to get away. The three best friends vow to stick by this story, but they have no idea how much this one lie will envelop their lives. They didn't count on their parents involving the police. They didn't count on everyone at school finding out. They didn't count on the entire community rallying around the girls and calling them "heroes." And they definitely didn't count on anyone being arrested for their imaginary crime. The girls are in too deep, buried in their lie. The lie that was supposed to be their savior now nags their conscious with every waking moment. But will they be able to find the courage to tell the truth? I could really relate to the characters in this book, and see how under a pressure situation, I might have made the wrong decision, too. HARMLESS by Dana Renihardt is the story of how a seemingly small lie can take on a life of its own. But, more importantly, it shows how anyone can make a stupid mistake, and that everyone deserves forgiveness.

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    2019-04-04 16:08

    Anna wants to be popular.Mariah wants more time with her older boyfriend.Emma wants to hang out with her brother and his girlfriend.These three friends lie about going to a party. Afraid they'll get in trouble for being very late for curfew, they concoct a story about Emma being attacked, and Anna and Mariah fighting off the attacker.Just a little lie, right? Nothing can go wrong if they stick to the story, right?HARMLESS, told in short chapters by the three friends, is a fast paced, compelling story that grabbed hold of me from page one and didn't let go until well after I finished reading. Each girl had a distinct voice and multidimensional personality. I would have known whose POV I was reading without the labels on the chapters.Themes: friendship, honesty, drinking, sex, rape, family. There are no graphic descriptions, nothing that parents would object to because HARMLESS is a cautionary tale about consequences of trying to grow up too fast. The book is suitable for ages 12 up to adult. Although the girls are freshmen, older teens will still enjoy HARMLESS. This is a great novel for parents and teens to read together and discuss. Dana Reinhardt is one of the best realistic YA writers I've read. Even the books I didn't think I'd enjoy held my interest. I'll read anything she writes, even her grocery list. HARMLESS should be read in schools too.

  • Erin
    2019-04-21 16:03

    Emma, Anna and Mariah are somewhat unlikely friends: Mariah is the girl everybody would like to be, Anna is frumpy and unkempt, and Emma has always hung around with Anna in the background. When the three decide to go to Mariah's boyfriend's house for a party, they have a good time hanging out with a few of the local high school guys. A good enough time that they decide to do it again the following weekend.However, this time the parents begin to ask questions. Panicked, the three girls concoct a story about a man who goes after Emma and attempts to rape her; they claim the other two girls come to her rescue.At first, they think this story will get them out of trouble; as their story begins to unwind, however, they find their friendships and relationships dissolving. How long will it take before the police find out the truth?Perhaps their little white lie wasn't as harmless as they thought.

  • Jasmine Drayton
    2019-03-27 18:08

    Harmless is about three girls who are best friends. One day they go out to a party without their parents knowing. At the party some of the boys stake interest and In them. Before they know what's happening, they find out that their parents don't know where they are. Their parents didn't find them where they said they were going to be. They didn't want to get in trouble so they made up a little white lie to cover the truth. But this lie turns into a big lie that will change their lives forever.I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries and the consequences of lying. I enjoyed this book a lot because it makes you evaluate your own self and to see if there are any lies you have told recently. This book is an excellent read I just didn't like how it was from three perspectives and it didn't suck you in the book but it was really good.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-06 16:58

    A great story about how small lies can turn big. Well, their lie wasn't so small, but the consequences were much more far reaching than the girls ever imagined. The voices of the characters, 3 freshman girls, are distinct and lend believability to an otherwise after-school-special kind of story. Explores the usual theme suspects; popularity, family relationships, individuality, etc but the real heavy hitters are teen sexuality, violence and self acceptance. Yeah yeah, I know. What's new? But Harmless' take on these tender tender topics is insightful, and so true to life that it made my stomach turn a little.

  • Sheryl
    2019-04-06 17:13

    Powerful. Everyone should read this! It is scary to think how often this happens and how often those people living on the margins are accused of crimes and misdemeanors when they are completely innocent. Repeating hearsey -just as dangerous. Reinhardt makes the reader question themselves. Reading this book should make us all a bit more selfaware.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-02 15:11

    Three girls sneak off to a party. To avoid getting in trouble with their parents, they make up a story: they were attacked, and one of them was almost raped. I really felt the girls' unease and dread as the lie grew beyond their control. Lying is bad, kids.

  • Abby
    2019-04-14 15:01

    I liked this book SO much more than I thought I was going to. Watch my full review of the book here:

  • Nono
    2019-04-15 17:06

    I really liked this one. A story about how a small lie can have a life of it's own. Also about good kids making bad choices. The characters were likeable and totally believable.

  • Daniela Joya
    2019-04-05 12:48

    This was essentially a good book, but I think the synopsis offered more than what was delivered, or maybe it was just me expecting too much.It was fast-paced enough not to be boring but devoid of any real action. It can most definitely be described as a coming of age story accompanied by some tension that hardly builds up to anything. In truth, that's really for the best because the ending doesn't deliver either and flops spectacularly right before the finish line.It is a good story with poor execution in my opinion. There is a hard effort to make believable and likable characters but they all fall flat to me.

  • GinaClabo
    2019-04-11 19:46

    This book should be a required read in grade schools, high schools, colleges and some adults too.. such a eye opening book and I think even though this was fiction it has happened somewhere by someone...There is a reason God has a commandment Thou Shall Not Lie!!!! Gina Clabo

  • Jackie Senerchia
    2019-04-17 14:44

    This book was about being caught in a lie and then making a bigger lie to cover up the little lie. It was a good read especially about how a lie spirals out of and gets bigger and bigger. Recommend this book.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-05 13:48

    Currently listening to the audio version. I'm almost finished. It's ok. I like that it tells the story from all the girls' point of view. The one thing that is bugging the heck out of me is the authors CONSTANT use of the word odious!!! OMG! I didn't even know what that word meant. I had to look it up & I'm in my thirties! I highly doubt hs kids know what it means, let alone use it in EVERY dang sentence! Anyway, not a bad book, but could be better. The point of the book is good.

  • NebraskaIcebergs
    2019-04-23 16:45

    Harmless by Dana Reinhardt is about three adolescent girls who try to avoid being caught in a lie by telling a bigger one. The difference in the two lies is that being caught in the first would have only resulted in their own suffering, while the success of the second brought suffering mostly to an innocent vagrant, but also to the girls’ families, school, and even their community. As a result of the second lie, the girls are forced to face questions not only about who they want to be but also about the fuzzy lines that exist between right and wrong. Harmless is a somewhat slow-moving story that raises disturbing issues.The latter is what I most appreciate about Harmless. While certainly being caught at a guy’s party would have resulted in unpleasant consequences, the act itself is not uncommon for teens and could have been easily forgiven. Saying instead that they were attacked at the riverfront, the girls’ lie has a much greater impact. For starters, the police are called. While the three girls expected this to happen, none of them are prepared for being cast in the role of heroes. Overnight, Anna goes from being a wallflower to being popular. Mariah doesn’t lose her reputation as a snob or a slut, but suddenly these attributes become irrelevant. Only Emma isn’t happy with the attention, for reasons to be explained later. In becoming heroes, the girls are bombarded with questions — questions that might have been tolerable if they had really been attacked. Or if the police had allowed the case to grow cold. Or if no one had been charged with the crime. On top of all of these mounting repercussions there’s the issue of why Emma isn’t happy with the attention, which is because something bad really did happen to her when the girls were sneaking off to parties. To complicate matters even further, one of the girls’ dads had been involved in a crime many years before, which is now brought to light again. Yes, there’s a lot going on in a book of only two-hundred pages, but Reinhardt masterfully weaves the subplots together to make a suspenseful and cohesive story.Before getting caught up in their web of lies, Anna and Emma were just your average smart, quiet, and obedient girls. Their parents never had reason to question them, nor did their teachers. And their classmates never took much notice of them. What I found interesting is how this changes after the lie. Anna shakes off her timidity and begins to show signs of being a leader. She also starts wearing make-up, tries out a new wardrobe, and begins dating. As for Emma, before the lie she had shown signs of wanting to break free from her cloistered identity. After the lie, she instead retreats further into seclusion — to the point that both her brother and the school psychologist guess that she is hiding something. Then there is Mariah. I appreciate that Reinhardt takes time to explore Mariah’s identity, letting readers see why Mariah chooses the façade of a bad girl. Most intriguing is the reaction of the three girls when faced with the choice of telling the truth or allowing an innocent vagrant to be jailed for a crime that never happened. Although I guessed Emma’s secret early in the story, Reinhardt did surprise me somewhat with how her confession plays out. And through it, she explores those fuzzy lines between right and wrong.I have only two criticisms of Harmless. The first is that the first several chapters are mostly about how the girls became friends. This is almost pure background information, which is not enough to move the story forward. My second criticism is that because the story only gains momentum when the lying begins, the story is perhaps too focused on that pivotal point. What this means is that I suspect I would not have any in reading it again in a few years.But the book is certainly worth reading once. It borders on being creepy, which is a compliment. It’s riveting how three girls can create a lie that can impact so many people. And it’s equally fascinating to see them squirm as the consequences of their lie pile upon them. Harmless will also stimulate much thought, because of the questions it raises about the lines between good and bad.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-13 18:47

    Harmless, a young adult fiction book written by Dana Reinhardt, takes place in Orsonville, a small town in which everyone knows everything that is happening. The three main characters, Anna, Emma, and Mariah, are all freshman at a private high school in Orsonville. Mariah is very popular, as she has dated many seniors at the local public high school. Anna and Emma are best friends and hardly anyone at their school notices them. Their friendship, status at school, and lives all change by the end of the book. It all started when Mariah, Anna, and Emma started hanging out. They went to high school parties and lied to their parents about where they were going. Their parents didn’t catch them the first time, but the second time was different. One of their parents ended up going to where they said they would be and called the girls. The girls came up with a lie about where they were that they believed would be harmless, but it did not turn out that way. Harmless tells the story of how these girls deal with this lie, how the lie affects them, and how it affects the community in which they live in.In this book, each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the main characters. I very much liked how this book changed perspective each chapter, as it showed what Anna, Emma, and Mariah thought and how they were dealing with the consequences of the lie. If it did not change perspectives, I do not believe the reader would be able to understand the impacts of the girls’ decision very well and the story would not have been as developed.Furthermore, Harmless has relatable aspects to it. For example, many teenagers do not always tell their parents the truth about where they are going. In the end, they may make up lies like the teenagers in this book. They may not be as drastic of lies as in this book, but they are still lies. Like the main characters in this book, teenagers in today’s society do not always think about how their words will affect those around them. They think they are telling a harmless lie. Overall, this book can help show teenagers how a lie can change their world for the worse. Additionally, this book is a very quick read and is easy to follow. The author, Dana Reinhardt, hooks the reader right away by doing a flash forward to after the girls told the lie. She doesn’t really explain in depth what is going on or what the girls lied about, therefore, she gets the reader to want to continue reading. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the message of this book. To me the overall theme of this book was even if one believes their words are harmless, their words can have lasting impacts and can change their life and other people’s life drastically at any moment. This book has taught me to think about what I say before I say it and to tell the truth.Suspense and romance are found throughout this book. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy suspense and romance, but also to those that enjoy books that contain aspects that they can relate to. It is more of a book for girls and teenagers, as it tells the story of three teenage girls. It is very well written for it only being Dana Reinhardt’s second novel.I would give this book 4 stars out of 5 stars. It was a quick read, it had relatable aspects, it had a very strong message, and it was intriguing. Harmless was really well written and touched on a subject matter that affects teenage lives on a daily basis. Overall, I found it very interesting, as I did not know what was going to happen throughout the majority of the book. It was not the best book I have read, but I still found it to be an excellent read.

  • Despair Speaking
    2019-04-02 12:55

    Well, that filled me a whirlwind of emotions that I have to take a break to sort things out. It's not good to write while you're still emotional because you might end up typing words you didn't mean to write or end up scoring the book more than it ought to simply because it managed to break your heart near the end.Harmless is a book about how a simple lie was blown into some sort of scandal that will change the whole town. We read from three perspectives, from Anna to Emma to Mariah. It's sometimes not in that order but it usually is. We see how the three started hanging out, what their home situation was like, and who they were in school. They were all pretty damn realistic and even though there were times I thought that they were stupid for doing this or for doing that, I couldn't help but like them a little. It's like Before I Fall.The turning point of the book was obviously when they lied that they were attacked by a man where Emma almost got raped to get out of trouble for staying up late. They all have different ways for coping but the truth eventually leaks out when one of them breaks.Here are the main characters:Anna - she's your typical lonely and boring "good girl" who's an only child and hangs out a lot with her parents. She is best friends to Emma and expects that they always stick to what best friends ought to do: make each other feel better when the other is down, stick together, and tell secrets. She was the one who was freaked out the most after they were busted but she was also the one who recovered the fastest. She embraced her life in the spotlight and likes being known. She is having trouble in maintaining her "good girl" image as time goes on.Emma - like what Mariah described, she's the girl-next-door type. She has a popular older brother she's close to and two professor parents. Her family had moved from New York City after her father was accused for sexual harassment with a student. She sometimes thinks that Anna is too clingy and too expectant. She is the supposed victim of the Incident. She was the one who was the calmest when they were busted but quickly became the one most affected about it. She cracked in the end.Mariah - rumored to be a slut of a sort for dating someone older and in another school (she breaks up with him later on though). She turns out to be needy and misunderstood. She does not like Carl but is okay with his daughter, Jessica. She sometimes feels guilty about lying like Emma but sometimes forgets about it like Anna. She falls for Emma's older brother. She pretty much stays the same throughout the book except for some minor changes.Surely you've heard of someone similar to them?My favorite was the part in the end. The man who was arrested and mistaken to be the fictional attacker of Anna, Emma, and Mariah forgives them.I quote: "They're just kids. They have their whole lives ahead of them. They shouldn't be defined by this lapse of judgment. They should go on and live normal lives and not be remembered for the bad things they did. They should finish school. They should love and be loved by the people around them. They deserve forgiveness. Everyone does."How beautiful is that?All in all, Harmless was a good addition to the realistic YA fiction genre. I do wish it was less predictable. It would have been more unique and heartbreaking if they got away with it but the lie ruined their lives and things would have been better if they told the truth because it could have prevented it. Still, four stars!

  • Katrin
    2019-03-31 19:50

    Nädalavahetuse lõõgastuseks siis järjekordne noortekas, mis räägib sellest, kuidas muidu head lapsed võivad teha väga vale otsuse ning sellega oma elu korralikult untsu keerata.Kolm 14 - 15-aastast neiut Anna, Emma ja Mariah soovivad veeta öö suurte tüdrukute moodi ühe noormehe juures, kuhu on siis oodata veel tolle noormehe sõpru. Selge, et nende vanematele see mõte ei meeldiks, ning seetõttu küsivad neiud luba hoopis tüdrukute õhtu korraldamiseks. Kõik oleks kena, kuid tüdrukud jäävad ikkagi oma valega vahele. Selle asemel, et tegu üles tunnistada ning karistus vastu võtta, mõtlevad nad välja hoopis uue loo, mis muudab nende vanemad äärmiselt murelikuks. Asjasse segatakse politsei ja terve kogukond. Selge on see, et lõpuks selgub ikkagi kogu tõde ning järgneb ka karistus, mis oleks olnud määratult väiksem, kui tüdrukud oleksid kohe alguses julgenud oma patud üles tunnistada.

  • Trish Simon
    2019-04-26 15:13

    I thought the book was very good. It was about these three girls named Mariah, Anna and Emma. They went to the same school together. Emma and Anna had been best friends for like forever. Emma met Mariah at school and they had to work on some project together and that's when they became friends. Then Anna came in the picture and her and Mariah became friends too. Mariah was popular at school, she was dating a senior named DJ. But people called her names like really nasty names but they weren't true. Mariah invited Anna and Emma to a party at DJ's house and they all got drunk and Emma did a stupid thing and had sex with this guy named Owen. She was drunk and didn't know what was going on. The girls lied about going to the party to their parents. So things did get rough because Emma wouldn't tell anything to Mariah or Anna. They decided to go to another party or a meet up with DJ and Owen which they lied to their parents actually say they were going to a movie at a college campus. But things didn't work out because DJ broke up with Mariah and her and Anna and Emma left and went down by a river. It was late. All of sudden they got phone calls from their parents wondering why they weren't at the movie. So Mariah, Anna and Emma made up a story that they got attacked by someone guy and told their parents and they all had to go to the police, which was scary for them because they made up the story about them being attacted by some guy. Emma, Mariah and Anna kind fell apart as friends they didn't talk so much with each other. After news broke about them about being attacted they were honor in front of the whole school for how brave they were and how they manage to get away from the guy who attact them. In away all the girls felt bad, but they all wanted the story to go away which it didn't. A detective on the case kept coming to the girls with information about the attact and it was very annoying. Emma started to feel sad and lonely she was very depress because of Owen. Mariah started to build a relationship Emma's brother Silas which Emma didn't really like but she didn't care. Anna was becoming popular at school and she was never popular. She started talking this guy name Tobey. She like him alot. Emma started seeing a counselor name Ms. Malachy because she had to or i think she wanted too. That's where she told Ms. Malachy how she had sex with Owen and the truth about the story she and Mariah and Anna made up. After Emma did that her and Mariah and Anna were arrested they all had to do community service and they didn't talk to each other at all. They all either moved or stay at the same school. This book has a lesson about lying and how it could go to far. My librarian recommanded this book to me. I think i would recommend this book to a friend or someone i know. But this was a very good book.

  • Zoë
    2019-04-26 15:52

    "This is what I know about the truth: the farther you get away from it, or it gets from you, the harder it is to tell." Harmless by Dana Reinhardt is the story of three friends, Emma, Anna and Mariah who after getting caught in a lie, they didn't really attend the movie they told their parents they were, make up a bigger lie to cover it up. There was a man. He had a knife. He attacked us down by the river. So is planted the seed of a crime which never really occurred, and as it grows it becomes bigger than the girls could ever have imagined. When a man is arrested for the imaginary crime the girls start to realize that lies are never really harmless.Mariah is mature for her age, she has an older boyfriend and has sex and drinks beer. Anna is the awkward only-child of her over-protective parents and Emma is her best friend, a girl who moved from New York City with her handsome older brother and professor parents. Harmless is told in the alternating view points of the three girls, not exactly a unique literary technique but one which allows Reinhardt to delve into what is going on in each of their worlds. The major problem that I had was that each of the three girls, despite their huge differences, had very similar sounding voices. However it did allow Reinhardt to explore three very different responses to the lie, as well as the resulting consequences.The other problem I had with Harmless is that Reinhardt attempts to tackles two teen issues at the same time, and in the process does neither of them quite the justice they deserve. In addition to lying, both Mariah and Emma (in particular) have to deal with the consequences of having sex before they are ready. Emma looses her virginity at a party to an older male she hardly knows and although she doesn't get pregnant like in Dancing Naked, she still has to deal with the emotional consequences. Personally, I think this is a very important issue and when Reinhardt touched on it she did so with wisdom and grace, but it got overshadowed by the consequences of lying. It's unfortunate because it definitely seems to be the bigger teen issue and one which allowed Reinhardt to really explore the emotions of a teenage girl.Harmless begins with Emma, Mariah and Anna making a very dumb choice, convinced that telling their lie will not be a big deal at all and that the police won't care or get involved. Although this initial decision seems a bit ridiculous, even for fifteen year olds, it allows Reinhardt to tell a story about the consequences of lies. I did appreciate that the outcome for Emma, Mariah and Anna wasn't a fairytale ending, and even though I did find the story predictable and the lessons a little late for somebody my age, I still enjoyed the story Reinhardt had to offer.

  • Kimberly Hirsh
    2019-04-13 14:59

    This is the story of what really happened. This is the truth.When Emma moved to Orsonville back in the third grade, Anna introduced herself. They soon became fast friends, and Emma hasn't really spent time with anyone else. Now the girls are in ninth grade, and the glamorous and edgy Mariah has introduced them to her circle of friends, broadening their social horizons greatly. One night the girls tell their parents that they're going to the movies when really they're going to Mariah's boyfriend's house for a party. They get caught in this lie by their parents and make up another, bigger one, to cover it up: they were on their way to the movies but took some time to just hang out by the river. When they were at the river, a strange man attacked them. They managed to escape, but never made it to the movies.When the girls tell the lie, they think it will get them off the hook and that will be that. Instead, their parents get the police involved, their school holds assemblies to discuss the event, a man is arrested, and the women of the community stage a "Take Back the Night" rally. In Harmless, Dana Reinhardt tells the story using each of the girls' voices. We get a different perspective from each of them and learn their motivations and see what their lives are like from the inside. This unique form of narration allows each girl to be a whole character, rather than limiting us to one girl's perspective on the other two. We also see how each character changes: Anna, the good and unpopular girl, decides to open up and finally start being a little wild; Emma, the "normal" one, withdraws into herself; Mariah, who has always been rebellious, starts to take life more seriously. Harmless is very different from Reinhardt's first book, A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life. The tone is darker, though the subject matter is of equal seriousness. Harmless is, above all else, intense. It examines what can happen when we lose control of our lies. It also shows us that people may not be just the way you perceive them. Mariah's inner thoughts reveal her to be not at all the girl Anna thought she was. Emma's family has secrets she doesn't share, even with her best friends. Anna has a desire to be different than she is, but doesn't express this until Mariah presents her with the opportunity.Harmless is an excellent book. I would recommend it to readers who like books that make them think. It contains language and content that make the YOUNG ADULT label necessary and emphatic: parents may want to read it before giving it to their children.

  • Karin
    2019-03-31 20:49

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.Anna, Emma, and Mariah want to go to an older boy’s house for an informal party – the problem? They know their parents won’t let them go. Together they decide to tell their parents they are going to a movie for the evening and head to the party instead. As time does, it gets away from them and before they know it hours have passed. Realizing the movie ended a long time ago, the girls panic and check their cell phones. Of course, parents have called and are frantic with worry. The girls need a story quick or they know they’ll be in big trouble.The best friends decide to tell their parents that Emma was attacked on their way home from the movie. They didn’t get a good look at the man because it was dark and they were scared, but Anna and Mariah were able to get a rock and hit the man so Emma could get away. This is the story they tell their parents assuming they’ll be relieved and forget their anger over the girls being out too late.Anna, Emma, and Mariah couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead their parents call the police, the girls’ stories are compared, sketches are drawn, and a manhunt is underway. The town demands the attacker be captured so their town will be safe again putting more and more pressure on the police as time goes by. In the meanwhile, the girls are being fawned over because of their bravery in the face of danger. The situation spins out of control when the police arrest someone matching the description the girls provided on the night of the “attack.” The lie has taken on a life of its own and now the girls are in too deep. The pressure and guilt over the innocent man’s fate affects each girl differently, but all of them suffer from the weight of their lie. Will they ever get the nerve to tell the truth?With the three narrators it is easy for listeners to immerse themselves in the story. Point of view changes aren’t a problem as you get to know each character. Lynde Houck, Donna Rawlins, and Staci Snell do a great job of capturing the demeanor of each girl so you really understand what motivates each one to act as they do. Harmless is an important book for all young people to experience. There is no better example of how a simple lie can get completely out of control and ruin the lives of the people involved.

  • Caroline
    2019-04-19 15:01

    This novel was about three girls, who became best friends extremely quickly. Mariah, was dating a senior boy from the public school. So, they all go together to a party. Things happen, one of the girls ends up having sex, Mariah and her boyfriend break up, and they all drink. Everything seems to be fine until Anna's mother calls her, asking her where she is. They get a ride back to town, but sit by the river trying to figure out a plan so they do not get in to trouble. They make up a lie, that a man molested one of the girls, but they fended him off. This lie doesn't seem big, but it turns into a lot worse than it seems. This shows that little lies can be harmless, but they expanded into a extremely big deal.I believe that this novel portrays how some teenage girls think today. Granted, lies extreme as these don't tend to happen very often, but people think little lies don't matter. All these small lies build up, and in this book, it turns out that the police arrest a man for a false crime that doesn't even happen. I believe that this is a good book for teenage girls to read, so they can realize the consequences of their lies and what can come from them.I think the author's purpose is to show that no matter how big a lie is, it can still affect people. She is trying to show that even if you tell a lie to cover up for a small thing, it can end up being turned into a big lie, even if that is not what was planned. Lies are things that should not be told ever, but many people today struggle with this concept, which is difficult to grasp.The theme of this shows some teenage girls think today. Granted, lies extreme as these don't tend to happen very often, but people think little lies don't matter. All these small lies build up, and in this book, it turns out that the police arrest a man for a false crime that doesn't even happen. I believe that this is a good book for teenage girls because they can realize the consequences of their lies and what can come from them.

  • Shaya
    2019-04-14 14:10

    This book is so well done! There are many young adult books about teens getting into trouble and their decisions having bigger ramifications than they could have imagined and boyfriends and friendships and make-overs and some of them are plausible but some just aren't. Harmless felt very real to me. The voices of the three girls narrating seemed accurate. The way the story unfolded was completely believable. Harmless is about three girls who make up a lie when one of the girl's parents find out they were not where they said to be. They say that some guy tried to attack Emma and Mariah and Anna scared him off. They all think it will end there and they'll get sympathy and nothing more could come of it. It's pretty easy to see where this will go. There parents make them tell the police, a girl in another town goes missing and a man is arrested for the crime they made up. The three characters narrating made this book much more powerful than it would have been if it had been written in third person. The reader gets a much greater sense of the breadth of each character and if they feel guilty or not. I was most surprised that Anna, the good student who isn't very popular, was the least ashamed because she suddenly became popular and really liked the attention. Mariah was more bad ass but reading the story from her point of view it was easy to tell she felt bad about what happened and had a soft side, too. I really sympathized with the characters and could see why they made the choices they did. The fact that they made up a story and a man went to jail for 45 days until one of the girls confessed is horrible. But the reader gets to see how each girl justifies keeping the secret. I did find it a bit implausable when they were handcuffed in front of their classes but Reinhardt wove that in to give more depth to the story and explains it in the following pages. The epilogue was satisfying and seemed very real to each character.

  • Noa Meshorer
    2019-04-02 18:05

    Harmless is a story about three girls named Anna, Mariah and Emma. Anna and Emma are best friends since they were little, but Mariah (the girl that everybody would like to be) become their friend and they start hanging out a lot together. Mariah's older boyfriend (who is in senior year) invites them to a party at his house for the weekend. They lie to their parents in order to go to the party. Encouraged by their successful lie, they do it again the next week by telling their parents that they are going to see a movie. They are getting caught by one of the parents and in a moment of panic, they make up a terrible scenario instead of telling the truth. They get tangled in this huge lie and the story traces their social life and the way they cope with their lie. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the 3 girls.For this book i would make a text-to-self connection. It reminds me of one of my previous friends who all the time lied to her parents instead of facing reality. She was also caught in a web of lies, inventing stories to her mother about her activities and the places she goes to. One day her mother found out that she lied to her so she couldn't really trust her anymore. Their relationship became more tensed and with suspicion between them. I give this book 4 stars because i really enjoyed it. It talks in a very realistic way about the life of teenagers, their relationships, their intrigues and ways of thinking. It talks as well about the links between parents, children and their siblings. I recommend it to teenagers who like books about personal life experiences and problems which young adolescents often need to face.