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Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception (Liar Liar #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  1,416 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
Kevin doesn't mean to make trouble when he lies. He's just really good at it, and it makes life so much easier. But as his lies pile up, he finds himself in big—and funny—trouble with his friends, family, and teachers. He's got to find a way toend his lying streak—forever. ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oct 09, 2015 Piyali rated it really liked it
A very wittily written book about 14 year old Kevin who distorts the truth to navigate through life. He lies because he finds it makes people happy and it is convenient for him. So when he falls in love with Tina he lies to everybody so he can prove to Tina what a great boyfriend he can be. Predictably, his plan backfires and Kevin finds out telling the truth can truly set one free. Although the story has a moral yet Paulsen does not at any point seem preachy or didactic about it. With his chara ...more
May 11, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok
I am a Gary Paulsen fan, but this book fell short in my opinion. Based on the cover art, I thought it was going to be about a 4th or 5th grade boy but in fact Kevin, the main character, is in 8th grade. He is described as a compulsive liar and the story involves the escalating problems he gets himself into, but I didn't find Kevin's character to be especially believable or consistent. I couldn't even decide if I liked him or not. It's too juvenile for 8th grade boys, but has some content that ma ...more
Jun 17, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Take a look at this book cover, feel the slimness of the volume, and then recommend it for an age group. What would you say, probably grade 3? Ages 7-10? I know, I know, read it first, or at least read a review, but COME ON. It looks like a baby book, and then you get to a humorous bit about a boner a few chapters in. A sweet and easy read, this is an ideal title for reluctant young adults. I'm not worried about the third graders who will inevitably pick up the title - a little boner humor never ...more
Mar 21, 2011 katsok rated it it was amazing
Paulsen amazes me on a regular basis. There were several times through this story that I could picture my students, especially the boys, laughing out loud. (There were times I did as well) Can't wait to book talk this one.
May 05, 2015 Joeben rated it it was amazing
Kevin is what you call an expert liar, and when he falls in love he does what ever he can to become perfect boyfriend material. But as he lies a bit to much he has to confess the truth.
Mar 19, 2014 Giuseppe rated it it was amazing
This was about the funniest book ive read and a lot of Lies in the book but mostly funny
Mar 19, 2015 Najma rated it it was amazing
Liar, Liar: The Theory,Practice And Destructive Properties of Deception
The title of the book is “Liar,liar” by Gary Paulsen. The theme of the book “Liar, Liar” is lying basically about how Kevin (the main character) lies all the time and gets away with it. So the first lie Kevin tells is that he told his partner in social studies and he told her that he suffers from a terrible disease because he didn't want to work with her or do the presentation. The second lie that he told was to his brother
After reading this book, I have no idea who I would ever give it to.

Several (reliable?) professional book review publications have reviewed "Liar, Liar" for grades 2 or 3 and up, which makes me think that none of them actually read past the first page. The protagonist is in 8th grade, and you know what? 8th grade boys are experiencing some things that might be little bit much for a 2nd or 3rd grader. I normally tend to be of the mind that reading is one of the healthiest ways for kids to explore
Aug 15, 2011 Julia rated it liked it
For a Gary Paulsen book, this was a bit of a disappointment. Kevin is a likable enough main character, and I liked the basic premise of Kevin going through life lying right and left, but then getting caught in one (or many!) of his lies and dealing with the consequences. The cover and basic premise makes the book seem innocent enough, but there are a few mature references that I could have done without. Not enough to make me take the book out of my library, but I will be cautious about which kid ...more
Jun 07, 2011 Dagmar rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
The main character, Kevin, spends the first half of the book lying about many different things to many different people, all for his own personal gain. He spends the second half of the book atoning for his sins. Unfortunately, the book is just too heavy-handed. I did enjoy Paulson's use of the one word "sentence" when emphasizing how Kevin is feeling. It was well done. I also enjoyed the books one poignant, believable moment, when Kevin babysits his young neighbor, Markie, and talks about divorc ...more
Brandon Hogan
Mar 11, 2016 Brandon Hogan rated it it was amazing
In the book "Liar Liar" by Gary Paulsen, the main protagonist, Keven, is a very good liar. He tells people what they want to hear. He is assigned a group project with Tina, a very gullible person, she believes anything Keven tells her. He tells her that he has a life threatening disease so she'll do all the work on the group project, and meanwhile he can't get closer to his crush. He begins skipping classes so he can follow Katie, his crush, around. He also pins his family against each other wi ...more
Karissa Nisley
Mar 19, 2015 Karissa Nisley rated it liked it
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Dec 10, 2014 Annalee rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-420
Gary Paulsen
Kevin prides himself on being a good liar. In the beginning of Liar, Liar, he says that lying not only makes his life easier, but it's kinder on his friends. However, this week, he starts lying by making up a disease as a way to get out of a research project, and then his lies get out of control. His home life isn't that great as his Dad is rarely home. When his lies spark a feud between his older brother and sister, the drama just adds onto the tension in his home. When Kevin babysi
May 11, 2014 Heidi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 5th-8th
Fourteen-year-old Kevin states that he’s the best liar you’ll ever meet. He believes that “people only listen for what they want to hear”, so he only tells them that. He believes from his point of view, that lying is just good manners and makes everyone’s life better. He’s never gotten in trouble for lying until this particular time.

He convinces a classmate that he has a severe chronic illness to avoid a team school project, plays his older teen siblings off of each other and widens the space in
Erin R
Apr 15, 2014 Erin R rated it did not like it
Kevin is a fourteen year-old eighth grader with a big lying problem. However, he fails to recognize it as a “problem” and rather sees it as a tool to be used to better not just the lives of others but the life of the number one most important person ever, Kevin himself (in his opinion). Written in a humorous, sometimes very sarcastic style, Liar, Liar is Kevin’s first person account of one week during eighth grade when his lying got quite out of control. It captures the self-focused attitude com ...more
Julia McGregor
Nov 28, 2015 Julia McGregor rated it liked it
This book is about a 14 year old boy named Kevin. He is a master at lying, but he calls it common sense. Kevin always lies he doesn't even realize it. Then one day, he falls for a young girl named Tina. Tina is a great girl and Kevin tries to show her that he is "boyfriend material". But Kevin's lying gets him into deep trouble with his friends, family, and teachers. In result of that, he finds out telling the truth isn't so bad after all.

What I didn't like?
I didn't like the Katie and Ke
Short, fun read about how little lies can cause big problems. My only real complaint is that it looks like a book for a second/third grader (short chapters, small trim size), but is about a 14-year-old boy and his quest to make a girl notice him. It won't have any browsing appeal for it's intended audience and falls into that crack between juvenile and YA fiction.
Hannah Jackson
Dec 04, 2015 Hannah Jackson rated it really liked it
After reading "Liar, Liar", by Gary Paulsen, I had mixed feelings about the book. The main character Kevin, went around telling lie after lie to his friends, family, and teachers. He lies about things like having a disease so he won't have to complete a science experiment, and lies to his family just to go to a concert. The story was interesting, and I was always wanting to know what Kevin would do next. But, I was still not completely satisfied with the book. I felt like there was not a real po ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Glennygenao rated it really liked it
My book tittle is Liar,Liar by Gary Paulsen this book is a realistic fiction. Kevin is a 14 years old kid he say he is the best liar you will meet i think he is right. He say some little whoppers and of course some lies and everything in between for variety of reasons and get himself in some trouble. He stops at nothing in his quest to prove to the lovely Tina that he is the boy for her. Kevin gets himself in some trouble with the family, teachers and best friend. Along the way he learns that th ...more
Sep 14, 2014 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, fiction, kindle
Things start to go very wrong for Kevin, the 8th grade professional liar. He has more stories spinning and is working more people than any Wall Street broker. Then he spots the girl of his dreams and his quest to make her notice him and like him stretches things too far for Kevin.
His escapades are funny, but you realize how badly he is treating people in general and especially those in his circle of friends and family. I cheered for him as he goes to set things right and take the consequences
Rachel Marie
Jan 19, 2015 Rachel Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liar, Liar Book Review What a fun book. But, then again, its hard to go wrong with Gary Paulson. I chose this book for my upcoming youth book club. And I'm very excited about it. A fun, heartwarming, hilarious short story that kids will easily fall in love with.

Kevin has a gift. That gift is being the best liar ever. From lying about his mysterious illness to his creative and outrageous lies to getting the girl he's fallen in love with. But, with telling lies comes a price. A price Kevin will ha
Jan 31, 2015 Bimran8 rated it liked it
Telling the truth is best thing to do but not for Kevin. Kevin say liars are bending the truth. Kevin really enjoys lying. Kevin was walking with his friend and he suddenly notices Tina. Its love at first sight. Kevin falls madly in love with her and he wants to prove to her that he is a good boyfriend. Kevin decides he needs more free time to win her over so he makes up excuses for all his class. Kevin is to busy with Tina he forgets about the homework he has missed in the past few days and the ...more
Michael Culbertson
Jan 06, 2014 Michael Culbertson rated it it was amazing
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Oct 24, 2015 Monica rated it really liked it
This book takes place in a middle school. Kevin, a boy whose talent is lying, wanted to convince Tina that he is the best boyfriend in the world, but to do that Kevin has to get to know her more. So he lied is way out of classes to be with. Then when his lies start to go out of control he has to face something he has never done. I think one theme in this story is love because he was so in love with Tina he did anything to get to no her. Also, not only love between him and Tina, but between his f ...more
Garrett Dudley
Dec 13, 2015 Garrett Dudley rated it really liked it
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Carmen Lopez
Apr 04, 2014 Carmen Lopez rated it liked it
This book was truly amazing. This marvelous book was all about a young boy lying his way through the 8th garde. He says he does not lie to be tricky, but to tell people what they want to hear. Of course lying will not get you anywhere in life. Ever. All the lies and fibs, what do they do? They backfire. This whole book is how he finishes off middle being known as the biggest liar in school. I would reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys a good laugh. It was full of humor! This book may also pr ...more
(3.5 Real Rating)
Things I liked: I LOVED Kevin's voice. It wasn't a hundred percent authentic-sounding (a bit exaggerated) but boy was it entertaining. I also liked that Gary Paulsen managed to write a book about why you shouldn't lie without making it too preachy. The lesson is definitely there like a billboard in the sky, but it was all handled with such a finesse and such a lightness of touch that it was just delightful. The book is full of fun little quirks even as it dips under the surface
Rita Jillabi
Jan 16, 2015 Rita Jillabi rated it it was amazing
Liar, Liar

Rita Jillabi

12 Dec 2014


Everyone lies a bit; at least once in a lifetime but for Kevin it’s a secondary language. Kevin is an ordinary 8th grader with ordinary parents and but his life evolves around lying. In Kevin’s perspective lying causes anything else but good. He tells his parents only what’s expected from him “No, I don’t have any dirty dishes under my bed, I had a good day and I did my homework, or I’d love to drive 116 miles to go to a flea market and look for antique cooki
May 03, 2015 Vybhav rated it liked it
Liar, Liar
Gary Paulsen

There was a 14 year old boy named Kevin and he lies a lot and he just says I am not trying to cause trouble I am just making it easier for everyone. In the book he falls in love with a girl named Tina and tries to do anything to get her to like him. So as he keeps lying and things get worse like his teachers are getting mad at him for telling them he feels bad just to miss class and his family members are getting angry for a numerous amounts of reasons.Now he is mentally
Jul 05, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: tweens
There is a big disconnect between the cover (4th, 5th grade maybe) and the actual protagonist's age and some content (8th), so maybe that added to my "eh"ness about this book, but it seemed a little too neat, didactic, and not super engaging. I did like how Kevin, the main character, was confident and goal oriented, but he just seemed a little too adept at handling/cleaning up his own problems/messes. Another reviewer mentioned that they're not sure who they would recommend this to, and I agree.
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