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Pants on Fire
Pants on Fire
Author: Meg Cabot
Katie Ellison is not a liar. — It's just that telling the truth is so . . . tricky. She knows she shouldn't be making out with a drama club hottie behind her football-player boyfriend's back. She should probably admit that she can't stand eating quahogs (clams), especially since she's running for Quahog Princess in her hometown's annual Quahog Fe...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060880156
ISBN-10: 0060880155
Publication Date: 5/1/2007
Pages: 272
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 57 ratings
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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GeniusJen avatar reviewed Pants on Fire on + 5322 more book reviews
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This book is a great example of why you shouldn't lie, and what the consequences of lying are. Which, by the way, are Not Good.

Katie is a popular girl in her small town of Eastport, which is known for it's quahogs (clams). She is dating a Quahog (the name of the high school football team) and is loved by almost everyone. Everyone except for Tommy Sullivan. He was "ran out of town" four years ago, which was also the one year that the state-championship-winning Quahogs had to forfeit. That year someone also wrote "Tommy Sullivan is a freak" on the new middle school gym wall. Everything is good, minus the fact that she is a total liar ( due to the fact that she is secretly cheating on her boyfriend) and gets motion sickness.

Then Tommy Sullivan comes back.

Katie is running for the Quahog Princess, which is during the Quahog festival at the end of the summer. That pageant goes wacko during the question and answer session. You will just have to read the book to find out what happens.

I really enjoyed this book. It's very funny and Ms. Cabot makes it even funnier with her amazing writing style. It's a super fast read, hilarious, and intriguing.
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I really adored this book. Cabot's writing style is so fresh and funny, and she finds a way to make things seem realistic and yet still seem clean. Even though the premise of the book is that Katie is cheating on her boyfriend, the book is still age appropriate and fun. It's a quick, easy read that you will totally get wrapped up in and a book I will definitely come back to on some rainy day in the future :)
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jai avatar reviewed Pants on Fire on + 310 more book reviews
While I had a hard time believing that Katie was actually considered a brainiac in her school what with the addiction to making out with people, and being so bubbleheaded about certain things, she was overall likeable enough for me to keep reading, and eventually Katie does redeem herself for her past actions. It was a fun story and overall the romance was cute, though I cringed in certain places (contact embarrasment)!

What happened with Tommy and why Katie is so paranoid about his return is also not fully revealed and only hinted at throughout the book. This drove me slightly batty until all was revealed near the end (hmm, very sneaky Cabot).