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Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed (Liar Liar #2)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  434 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Kevin struggled to overcome his knack for lying in Liar, Liar, and now he's back for another round of mayhem and misunderstandings in this financial comedy of errors. In Kevin, Gary Paulsen has created an appealing teen boy character who is just as human and fallible as his readers.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 08, 2015 Kayden rated it it was ok
I have just finished ready Flat Broke by Gary Paulsen. It is a realistic fiction book with 118 pages. This book is the companion to Liar, Liar. The main character is Kevin. He is broke. He doesn't get allowance for a month because he lied. He needs to get some money to show a girl that he is rich. He wants to ask Tina to the dance. She is a blonde. He says that she is the most beautiful girl in school. First he starts poker games. He has 3 games going but he runs out of business because he got ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Mikou rated it really liked it
I though that the book was making me a little bit angry because Kevin's friend has a girlfriend but Kevin is trying to be the boyfriend of his friend girlfriend so Kevin is in a big situation. I think that Kevin is going to fail to get her and when his friend will now he will be in a big trouble. So with the money problem he founded a idea it was to make a store next to the school and it worked Kevin did not do it by himself Kevin did it with his friends.

My second though was that Kevin is super
Lauren Suchomski
Have you read Lawn Boy by Paulsen? This book calls back to it quite a bit. Our main character Kevin needs to make some quick cash and is using his entrepreneurial skills to work to make some. His plans, while they work for awhile, have their consequences.

Lawn Boy had more interesting characters and issues while this book has less in the way of confusing economic terms. It was a good read and a quick read, but lacked something in substance for me. It would be a good read aloud I think for maybe
Rj Martinez
Flat Broke
I read Flat Broke by Gary Paulsen. I like the book. I like the book because you will learn your lesson if you break rules.The setting in the book is usually outside or at school. The main character in the book is Kevin . The setting is The main problem is that Kevin has money issues. Yes, i would recommend this book. I would recommend this book to anyone. I would recommend it to everyone because it is a good story.
Jan 28, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This started out promising but then ended quickly. I really was hoping a good long middle story but as soon as it started it was over.
Sep 25, 2012 Cameron rated it really liked it
Well i thought this book was good and Kevin is successful in life he is not afraid to take a risk so i gave it what it deserves because i you read it you would get it!!!
Jun 04, 2015 Jenn rated it it was ok
Shelves: listened-to
I listened to this with my kids it was pretty lame.
Oct 24, 2016 Iain rated it liked it
Another adventure for Kevin the witty 14 year old whose sole goal at the moment is make enough money to ask Tina Zabinski, the World's Most Beautiful Girl, to the eighth-grade dance. Well as to be suspected he comes up with some novel ideas without thinking about the consequences and therefore the learning points for young students. Always having a knack for summing things up, Kevin says, "Despite the fact that all my ideas turned into poo on a stick, everyone around me farts gold dust these ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Malachi rated it it was ok
Shelves: annoying
Interesting. I’m surprised almost everybody likes this book. It’s my duty to write a negative review to balance things out.
First of all, the characters are pretty bad. Especially Kevin. He is extremely proud, and is so driven by greed that he is willing to do things that may be smart, but aren’t exactly morale. Then at the end, he’s kind of like “I learned my lesson, I’m so sorry.” The end.
Also, I couldn’t help but notice that Kevin thinks things through in a completely immature fashion. I’m
Maggie Lyons
May 10, 2013 Maggie Lyons rated it really liked it

Gary Paulsen’s Flat Broke is a sequel to Liar, Liar, and like Liar, Liar, is about rambunctious humor. The book’s driving force is its gleeful sense of the absurd and because its comic integrity relies on the deliciously over-the-top situations its incredible main character manufactures, realism is kept to a minimum. So don’t expect real-world personalities, in-depth character portrayals, and a slice-of-life environment. Kevin, the main character, does not think and act as a real fourteen-year-o
Kay Mcgriff
Jan 11, 2014 Kay Mcgriff rated it liked it
After getting busted for all his lies in Liar, Liar, Kevin is back with even grander schemes to solve his newest problem: he is Flat Broke. Now that everyone he lied to is mad at him, his income stream has dried up. His parents have suspended his allowance for a month. His Aunt Buzz isn't speaking to him, which means no work for for her design business. He still babysits Markie, but because of his parents' divorce, they can no longer afford to pay Kevin.

Of course, Kevin doesn't let this stop him
Emily Medina
Jul 25, 2016 Emily Medina rated it liked it
I found Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed at the Scholastic book fair (along with Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love) and thought to myself, "Hey I remember reading the first one of these a long while back! Boy was the story funny! I wonder what happened to Kev?". Well I ended up buying the book (along with Crushed) and here we are!

I thought this book was equivalently funny as Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Propert
May 20, 2016 Matt added it
Kevin wants to impress his crush Tina by showing off all of his money, but their is one problem. He had his allowance taken away for a month. Kevin is a real problem solver. He comes up with creative ways to make money like hosting poker parties with kids that don't know much about the game. He “borrowed” a golf cart and sold snacks (munchies) to college kinds in their dorms. He also cleaned garages found plenty of store dumpsters to take the trash. He even “hired” a few of his friends to work ...more
Katie Fitzgerald

These books are fast-paced, well-written, and hilarious. Kevin's voice is pitch-perfect for a fourteen-year-old boy, and his thought processes and harebrained schemes kept the plot moving right along. His quest to impress the unattainable Tina so accurately reflects the pains and pitfalls of a boy's first serious crush, and his experiences dealing with family and friends are both unique to his character and universally understood. Supporting characters like Markie, Kevin's four-year-old babysitt
This time Kevin Spencer is over his habitual habit of lying and instead is trying to come up with some fast-acting, sure-fire moneymaking, get-rich-quick schemes. Honestly, he has some brilliant ideas, but they fall short when he doesn't account for all the little, bothersome details that tend to get him into big trouble. For a while, he makes a ton of money, but when he has to reimburse his (forgotten) expenses and pay his 'employees', his profits dwindle.

Oh well, Kevin is still enthusiastic a
Oct 31, 2012 Jahan rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: teens, preteens
Picked this up for the kids to listen to on a short road trip we had coming up. My two (9 and 11) enjoyed it, while I just tolerated it and nit-picked. It's the story of a boy who is trying to be industrious and earn some pocket money, but in the process, exploits and manipulates people and plays fast and loose with the truth. These are probably considered good qualities in a successful adult in today's capitalistic, business oriented world, but it made me find the character to be rather ...more
Funny, smart and part of an ongoing series for boys; moms, you have something to hand your sons (I say this as a single childless adult who reads almost everything books). I like the voice of Kevin, the narrator/main character, how in spite of his ambition, he really is a good kid. Industrious and helpful, if not always wise, Kevin is the kind of boy who doesn't whine about having insufficient funds (see Liar, Liar, the first of four so far, to find out why his allowance was cut off), but rather ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
A good book for middle-grade/middle school boys. Not life-changing, but definitely funny. I liked Gary Paulsen's nod to his book Lawn Boy when Kevin is trying to think of ways to earn money and remembers a book he read. I loved all of the situations Kevin got himself into and also his dad's comment - something to the effect of "At least when you mess up, you mess up big." I'll have to check what he really said, but that was the gist. The book isn't very long and is a sequel to Liar, Liar, though ...more
I did not like this book as much as I like some of the other books Gary Paulsen has written. I do not like it because it did not have action in it. I got bored while I was reading it. This book just did not have any exciting parts in it and that made it dull. It felt like the author was trying to make it interesting to read at some times but couldn't and I bet it would be hard to make it as exciting as I would want it to be because it was about business and jobs and at times I got confused ...more
Ashley A
May 19, 2015 Ashley A rated it liked it
In my opinion this was a good book. This book was not necessarily the best book I read, but it was an alright book for me. A connection I would have with this book is how some of it would stimulate me. A strength that this book has is it was interesting. A weakness would be how at end it didn't flow right from how the beginning started and the middle. I wouldn't recommend this book to another classmate because to me it wasn't that interesting. If this book was part of a series I think I wouldn't ...more
I was wondering why this story sounded so familiar until I figured out it was a sequel to Liar,Liar. Kevin is a go-getter and I have to applaud his efforts to start his own businesses in order to earn some money. His previous adventures in lying ended up with getting him cut off from his income stream. Kevin spends time researching business ideas and noticing areas where he can fill a need. His demise is spreading himself too thin. Kevin is not afraid to work hard and take risks. I see a bright ...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
What does a clever and ambitious fourteen-year-old do to impress a girl when he's Flat Broke because his parents have taken his allowance away due to his lying? He uses his creativity and knowledge he learns from a business book to implement some business plans to help him get rich quickly. One idea is to host poker parties and take a cut of the profits. Soon all his small business are out of control and Kevin is back to square one

I enjoyed watching the character chase his dreams, even if they w
Michael Culbertson
Jan 07, 2014 Michael Culbertson rated it really liked it
I love Kevin's self-confidence, enthusiasm, and willingness to put in long hours, but he might need a lesson in humility! Another great tale from Paulsen. Kevin's fall is not quite as spectacular as in Liar, Liar , but still a great read.
Harriet B
Feb 01, 2015 Harriet B rated it liked it
Eh... Flat Broke by Gary Paulsen was not the best book ever. I thought that it over-dramaticized the worries and woes that come with middle school and that it didn't quite reflect the abilities of the unfortunates who are sent there, either. No regular 13- or 14-year-old works that hard at absolutely everything they do. It was well written, however, so it's not a bad book. Just not a completely accurate one.
May 03, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Not as good as Liar, Liar but still a good book. I'm still kind of confused about why this is a young adult book, it really reads like it should be in the juvenile section.

Kevin gets tongue tied around the girl he likes and is trying to make money so he can ask her out to a school dance. Well, he is too busy with his business adventures and getting into trouble (again) and, of course, there's a lesson to be learned.
April Suter
Nov 29, 2011 April Suter rated it really liked it
Another great Paulsen read, especially for my freshmen guys who really don't want to read. Kevin, is having troubles again--his brain works so fast on ideas making money and then something always happens.
He has a great sense of humor: page 2: I'm the only person in my family who remembers to depoop our cat's litter box, which doesn't sound like a big deal, but it is to anyone who's ever smelled a ripe box.
118 pages
Ava Kistner
IT was a super quick read, but I really enjoyed it. Just give it a try and see what you thinkFlat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of GreedGary Paulsen
Jul 19, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Again, I wish Goodreads would offer half-stars. Kevin's habitual lying results in his allowance being suspended. Luckily, he's full of good ideas for new businesses. Unfortunately, he tries to do them all at once and to cut corners on all of them. In the end, Kevin realizes that honest work is all he needs. Quick, fun, and a good choice for boys.
Mar 06, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it
Kevin is back and still trying to attract the attention of a certain girl. But wooing a girl requires money. If you don’t have any money how do you go about getting it? Well, read about Kevin’s trials and tribulations as he goes about earning money while trying to stay out of trouble. Once again Gary Paulson offers up a quick and fun read.
Oct 24, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My youngest gave this 3 out of 5 stars. He thought the story was less interesting than Liar, Liar. The oldest gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and thought it was better than the first story about Kevin. They are looking forward to the next book, Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love. The narrator is great and I look forward to more about Kevin and his antics.
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