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Kids Nonfiction 3049
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Reader reviewed by Vanessa

Expected more out of this book but nonetheless it was good. About three girls who become good friends: Mariah, popular, dates older men, Anna, quiet, not really popular, family-girl, and Emma, close to her brother, best friends for a long time with Anna, started to hang out with Mariah.
Mariah starts seeing DJ who invites them over to a party. At first it was a little lie and they got away with it. But having lied once will just surmount and you'll consequently lie again and again to cover up the last lie. Emma seems to have found a new guy (one of DJs friends) and soon becomes quiet. Of course she got drunk, had sex and she wishes to take it back (my interpretation, anyway). Mariah gets heavy with DJ, who in the end basically ditches Mariah for another girl who he ultimately takes to prom. Mariah feels stupid. Anna feels left out, both Mariah and Emma seem to have gotten with a boy and she hasn't. Between all this there's more drama: that lie I told you about? Well, it was a bigger deal than I made it seem. To get out of their lie about going to yet another party instead of the movies the girls decide to lie about it--saying they were almost attacked by a homeless man that they see around the river. Of course it never happened, but its a story they manufacture to get out of trouble.
Manufacturing that story is more trouble than they awaited, their parents take the to the police to inform the authorities about the supposed attack. Questions asked, they give false answers. Can't they see its against the law?
A little girl goes missing. The authorities think of that maybe the girls' case and this new girl, Eleanor's case are connected. The cops cuff the homeless man, a suspect in both cases now. An overly dramatic (reminds me of Kiss My Book, look down... its a horrible book I read) march about women and them not being attacked because they have their rights and their getting together for a purpose........
In the end Mariah, Emma, and Anna get in trouble for it, they're caught. The homeless man decides not to press charges because the girls are "just kids and make mistakes and should be forgiven". So the girls move away to different places and never speak again, with a chance at a new beginning.

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