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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (798 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Reinhardt Narrator: Lynde Houck, Donna Rawlins, Staci Snell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780739339534
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One Friday night Emma, Anna, and Mariah, three best friends, are out doing something they shouldn’t.

Then a cell phone rings. One girl’s mother wants to know why they aren’t where they said they’d be.

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. What happens next shows the harm one lie can do. Told in the voices of the three girls who must learn to live with the lies they tell, Harmless is a gripping and provocative audio full of startling turns and surprises.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Unpredictability and suspense will keep readers turning the pages. . . . They will appreciate how well the characters are developed and how . . . lies can have far-reaching and devastating consequences. School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiana | 2/17/2014

    " This book is about the three girl that lied to their parents because they knew that if they ask permission that they will go to a party with boys their parents will not let them so they thought of a another reason so their parents will let them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/15/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/25/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neill Smith | 1/21/2014

    " When Emma and Anna become part of Mariah's group it is pretty exciting - hanging out with Mariah's older friends and lying to their parents to go to parties at the boys' houses when their parents are out of town. When they're caught it seems so harmless to just tell a little lie - and then it explodes in their faces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadette | 1/14/2014

    " This author's novels are on the upper end of the quality of YA literature. Her writing is excellent, and her stories are sophisticated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 1/10/2014

    " Who would have though...one harmless, little, white lie? Interesting, frustrating, fast! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jo | 1/6/2014

    " Three teens make up a lie so huge the entire town is involved - all to avoid being grounded for staying out too late and lying about where they were. The book beautifully crafts these three girls as individuals with their own motives and results from this lie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monkey of Doom | 12/21/2013

    " the main characters were stupid. errggggg "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 12/18/2013

    " Kind of disappointing. It had a lot of potential but ultimately fell short. The best part of this book was one of the character's brothers named Silus. Frankly, I would have rather read his story, if he had one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 11/26/2013

    " Not a huge fan. A good theme, but very predictable and juvenile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nono | 10/3/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 7/23/2013

    " I could not sympathize with these girls at all. Their parents, yes - even the difficult and horrid stepfather, Carl - but not the girls. The girls were stupid and compounded it by lying. Just stupid. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 5/8/2013

    " Felt like a waste of reading time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabrina | 12/31/2012

    " really stupid...didn't enjoy it at all :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 11/4/2012

    " Really discussable, but still pretty meh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 i_am_the_book_lord | 8/5/2012

    " this book was SOOO awful trust me it is even worth it!! it was just so stupid and if they had made up a more reasonable story they wouldnt have been in the mess they were in. i want the two day of my life it took to read this book back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 7/21/2012

    " Three girls cook up a lie to explain why they're late coming home and it comes back to bite them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/9/2012

    " Great story line, shows the dangers of creating what seems to be a "harmless" lie to avoid getting in trouble. Maybe not best for middle school (sexual situations, description) but overall a pretty decent read. Told from 3 different points of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Griffith | 1/9/2012

    " Anna, Emma, and Mariah discover that harmless little lies are not harmless or little, and as the truth unfolds, their lives are changed forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/1/2011

    " 3 girls learn that lying can have serious consequences, cause innocent people to go to jail, etc. Some have more of a conscious about it than others do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana Nacino | 10/27/2011

    " Harmless. Tells the consequences of lies. When three girls thinks that lying will be easier. Just to avoid getting in trouble, they thought it's going to be over with one just lie. But suddenly a small lie turns bigger and bigger and soon results to a bigger trouble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 9/12/2011

    " Not as compelling as her debut, but still well-crafted and gripping. Adolescents caught up in a web of lies that keep spiraling about and entangling them in more and more trouble. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristenfalsocapaldi | 7/7/2011

    " (This is a YA novel) I taught this to a 9th grade class this year, and they were a tough crowd. They liked it. Good book with contemporary issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Cobb | 6/26/2011

    " This book took me awhile to get into. I had to read about 40 pages before I really got into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 5/21/2011

    " I really like this author. She's very talented. I think she's one of those authors who writes YA which is deep and intelligent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/19/2011

    " CD made my commute fun, although the voices were all too old for the 14-15-year-old girls. Consequences of lying explained well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 4/6/2011

    " this book was SOOO awful trust me it is even worth it!! it was just so stupid and if they had made up a more reasonable story they wouldnt have been in the mess they were in. i want the two day of my life it took to read this book back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadette | 3/11/2011

    " This author's novels are on the upper end of the quality of YA literature. Her writing is excellent, and her stories are sophisticated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristenfalsocapaldi | 2/25/2011

    " (This is a YA novel) I taught this to a 9th grade class this year, and they were a tough crowd. They liked it. Good book with contemporary issues.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 2/17/2011

    " Felt like a waste of reading time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/14/2011

    " This author is a fantastic writer. Great story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/20/2010

    " Good story. I love reading books that are told from multiple points of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystle | 12/9/2010

    " Harmless was okay. It was cool how one small lie turned into a big phenomenon but I didn't really like the plot around the lie. I wouldn't really recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 12/5/2010

    " Interesting enough tale about the consequences of lying. Characters seemed a little flat, but the alternating narration was good. Quite predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/18/2010

    " Every teenager should read this...every parent should read this! "

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About the Author
Author Dana ReinhardtDana Reinhardt lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two daughters. She is the award-winning author of the young adult novels A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Harmless, How to Build a House, The Things a Brother Knows, and The Summer I Learned to Fly and the middle-grade novel Odessa Again. Her books have been named to many best of the year lists, and reviewers have praised her work as “exceptional,” and “funny and unforgettable.” Visit her at danareinhardt.net.
About the Narrators

Lynde Houck is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator.

Donna Rawlins has voiced countless projects, from commercial campaigns as the voice of United Airlines, Macy’s, AVIVA, and Suzuki, to anime, as the character BT on .hack//Sign, as well as myriad storytelling narratives. Also a singer-songwriter, her television credits include The Shield, Dawson’s Creek, The Unit, and the film Mr. Woodcock. She is based in Los Angeles.

Staci Snell has worked in radio and as an elementary school teacher. She lives in Los Angeles where she works as an actor. Her television credits include The Shield, The Division, and various commercials. As an audiobook narrator, her numerous titles include Sandra Brown’s Demon Rumm; Ann Rule’s Kiss Me, Kill Me; Sharon Rocha’s For Laci; and Jill Smolinski’s The Next Thing on My List.