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Harmless 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 ar 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 toTLA 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 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 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 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 amature level The story is told from the alternating point of view of three girls who decide to tell one harmless little lie. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 rud 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 friends 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 rud 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 Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.comEveryone s told lies Most lies aren t even that bad They don t hurt anyonethey 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, Reviewed by Amber Gibson for TeensReadToo.comEveryone s told lies Most lies aren t even that bad They don t hurt anyonethey 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,importantly, it shows how anyone can make a stupid mistake, and that everyone deserves forgiveness 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 an 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 There was a man He had a knife He attacked us down by the riverIt was just a harmless little lieAnna, 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 Anna wants to be popular.Mariah wantstime 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 Anna wants to be popular.Mariah wantstime 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 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 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 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 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


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