To avoid getting in trouble at home, three, ninth grade girls: Mariah, Anna and Emma, make up a story about a strange man trying to attack Emma in the park on a Friday night. The truth of the matter was that these three freshmen girls were at an underage drinking party, not where they told their parents they would be.
When the parents of the girls get the police involved, one lie becomes so much more. The teachers and community are outraged, that a ninth grade girl was almost raped, and soon they begin a search for a non-existent attacker.
While two of the girls attain almost celebrity status among their peers, the other becomes withdrawn and depressed. When a homeless man is arrested for the reported attack, and things begin to spiral out of control, the girls have no choice but to come clean, and tell what really happened that night.
HARMLESS is classified as a YA book. This review is based on the unabridged audio book, which was told in alternating viewpoints, by three different readers (all very good). Although the plot seemed somewhat contrived, I was still glad I listened to it. It sends an important message to teens; for every action there is a reaction.
RATING - 4/5; COMPLETED - 8/11/09; Library Copy