Katie Ellison is not a liar.
But she can't exactly tell the truth, either—not when she's juggling two boyfriends, secretly hating the high school football team everyone else worships, and trying to have the best summer ever. At least Katie has it all under control (sort of). Her biggest secret, what really happened the night Tommy Sullivan is a freak was spray-painted on the junior high gymnasium wall, is safe.
That is, until Tommy comes back to town. Katie is sure he's going to ruin all her plans, and she'll do anything to hang on to her perfect existence. Even if it means telling more lies. Even if, now that Tommy's around, she's actually—truthfully—having the time of her life.
Release Date: May 1, 2007
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
I've read three Meg Cabot books now, and remain unconvinced as to her status as the unofficial queen of teen lit. I was wholly unimpressed with Insatiable (although I was in the minority there), although I did really enjoy Size 12 is Not Fat. Pants on Fire did absolutely nothing for me, and I stopped reading about 50 pages in.
I could not identify with Katie, our narrator, not in the least. I just can't like someone who unashamedly lies so much and cheats on her boyfriend. When I got the feeling she was going to start fooling around (apparently if you are just consistently making out but not going any further, it's okay) with three guys at once, I was done.
Pants on Fire is written in a gossipy, girl-talk kind of style. That made the writing feel very young for me, and was another turn-off. I have to really be in the mood for that type of writing, and I just was not. So, my problems with Pants on Fire were probably partially my own and partially the fault of the book.
I am willing to read more from Meg Cabot but will definitely be getting her books from the library---she has not earned "buy" status from me yet.
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