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The truth? 'Fire' is a good read

In her newest book, author Meg Cabot takes readers on a rocky ride with Katie, a 12th-grader who gets lost in all the lies she is telling.

By KATIE BRUCE Times X-team
Published May 21, 2007


"Liar, liar, pants on fire" is the single phrase that the voices mumble most inside the head of Katie Ellison. And it isn't that she lies too often - at least she doesn't think so.

Katie, the lead character in Meg Cabot's perfectly named new novel Pants on Fire, is heading into 12th grade in her small town of Eastport, Conn. And the Quahogs are both the town's highly ranked football team and the bivalve seaside snack that she cannot force herself to eat. But she would never admit that to anyone.

So why all the lies? Katie is running for the title of Quahog Princess and cheerfully boasts that she loves both the team and the bivalve. But neither of those are exactly true. She is dating Seth, the most popular boy in school and the quarterback of the Quahogs. But Katie is unsure of her love for the team, and finds herself making out with the school's drama hottie, Eric, behind the Gull N' Gulp, a cafe where she works.

Katie lies to Seth and Eric so they won't find out about each other. And she lies to her parents about how she is spending the money she makes working double shifts. She doesn't tell them that she wants a professional camera, which she has on layaway, instead of the digital camera they got her for Christmas.

No one seems to care about her interest in photography. So it's a shock when someone who knows all about her passion for photography, and the truth about every lie in her life, comes back into town. And he could possibly add to her boyfriend trouble.

Katie spends the rest of the book spinning webs of lies. She begins to lose herself in her stories.

I really enjoyed this book - it's a good summer read. Not only was it amusing to try to figure out all the plot lines, but it kept my attention through the whole story. All of the lies that Katie told tended to clash so perfectly that it created the perfect amount of dramatic irony to the reader.

I also enjoyed reading about how she handled her boyfriend situations. It's not every day you read about a girl having two boyfriends while having feelings for another boy.

Meg Cabot really delivers a brilliant story with Pants on Fire. I see it as a must-read for any teenage girl this summer.

Katie Bruce, 18, is in 12th grade at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey.


Pants on Fire

By Meg Cabot, HarperTeen, 272 pages, $16.99

[Last modified May 21, 2007, 01:44:28]

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