Monday, October 22, 2007

Harmless, by Dana Reinhardt

This was powerful. Three girls try to cover up a wild night out with a lie that spirals out of control and changes not only thier lives, but the lives of others around them. I thought the teen voices were very real, and the ways that Anna, Emma and Mariah each changed through the novel seemed very plausible- Anna's increase in confidence and visibility and her ability to almost convince herself that 'it' happened was sad and real at the same time. Mariah too was a very well written character, with her loneliness behind her cockiness.

This was definitely an 'issue' YA novel but I thought it was well done, well written, and I couldn't put it down, even as my stomach was sinking over the consequences of their 'harmless' lie.


Quality: 9 Popularity: 8 Overall: 17

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