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Harmless
     

Harmless

3.5 11
by Dana Reinhardt
 

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Best friends Emma, Anna, and Mariah are out doing something they shouldn't. They make up a story so they won't get in trouble at home. It seems like the easy way out. What happens next challenges their friendship, their community, their relationships with their families, and their sense of themselves.
Told in the voices of the three girls who must learn to live

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Harmless 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To old for younger readers. Most likely recommended for reader 13+. Loved the story though and the language that the author used. I now want to read more books by Dana Reinhardt.
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MountainView More than 1 year ago
I loved the book Harmless. I think it was the best book I have ever read, and didn't want to stop reading it. I liked it because it was very interesting and always kept me wondering. Like one night when they are somewhere they are not suppose to be they get a phone call from one of the mothers and she ask why they are not where they said they would be. Then it's the end of the chapter so it keeps you wondering what they tell the mother. . The way the book was set up was cool to each chapter was one of the girls names so it was about them that whole chapter. This story is about three best friends Emma, Anna and Mariah. One night they are out doing something they should not be. They all tell their parents where they are going to be, but it's a lie. When one of the girls cell phone rings and the mother ask why they are not where they said they would be they make up a lie to get them out of trouble at the time. The lie they make up turns out bad, their friendship starts falling apart. They have to live with the lie forever. I recommend the book Harmless to 7th grade girls and up only. This book has some language and things in it that 6th grade and below wouldn't understand. I think 7th grade girls and up would like this book because some of the stuff that happens in this book happens sometimes to girls in 7th grade and up. This book will keep you wondering constantly if you like that than this book is the right book for you! Find out what happens to these three girls after they tell a really big lie that can change their lives forever
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Everyone'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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a little confused? Where is the story here? This is kind of a drawn out description of these girls lives that in other books would only take maybe a chapter to explain. I have honestly never wanted to quit reading a book so bad as this...I kept hoping it would get better, but nope!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it didn't really have a story at all. Just a poorly written portion of 3 girls' life. There was no good. It was almost like a news article you would see in a newspaper. Don't read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a culture where lying has become common place, Harmless presents a fascinating dilemma. Hard on the pages in my reading order of the Pretty Little Liars Club series, I fully expected this to be a cheap wannabe. As with Shepard¿s stories, the tale is told from the perspective of three friends: Emma, Mariah, and Anna. Plot similarities include the main characters¿ attendance at Orsonville Day School 'an exclusive prep school', parents who are instructors at a college, and fathers who have been involved in some way with college coeds. The similarities seem to end there. The friendship between Emma and Anna was forged in the third grade when Emma moved from New York to the sleepy town of Orsonville. Mariah is an interesting wild child who is thrown into the mix. Emma and Anna have never really been part of the social scene, and Mariah slowly enfolds them into her somewhat scandalous escapades. When the girls run the risk of getting caught at a party, they quickly make up a lie about a mythical man who accosts and attacks them at the river. They cook up the tale of how the other two girls think quickly and help Emma fend off the unwanted attack, and then proceed to tell that story to their parents and subsequently the police. The lie then begins to take on a life of its own from the girls becoming town heroes of sorts to the eventual arrest and incarceration of an indigent man. While the storytelling is not as flawless as, oh, say, Sara Shepard¿s Flawless, it is, nonetheless a well-told cautionary tale. This is a book that would have a curricular tie to classes focusing on legal and ethical issues. The profanity level is low and the sexuality is generally limited to allusions rather than descriptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone'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. **Reviewed by: Amber Gibson