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

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  1,473 Ratings  ·  270 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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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
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
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
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.
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
Garrett Dudley
Dec 13, 2015 Garrett Dudley rated it really liked it
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Oct 25, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it
I liked this one! Nothing too deep but good fun, funny parts, and a few lessons along the way. Many great sub plots. I could see kids really enjoying this one!
Maddie Van
Dec 05, 2016 Maddie Van rated it really liked it
It was a good book, but not my favorite.
Kevin Summers
Dec 22, 2016 Kevin Summers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades
Joshua Swanson's narration on the audiobook is very well done.
Dec 29, 2016 Nadine rated it liked it
Will,appeal to reluctant middle school readers. Quick read, humour
Daria Pereshina
Oct 03, 2016 Daria Pereshina rated it it was amazing
This is a very funny story about a 14-year-old boy who always lies (he thinks that he's "making the world a better place, one lie at a time"). When he falls in love with a beautiful girl called Tina, Kevin does everything in his power to make her realise that he is the perfect boyfriend for her. Gary Paulsen tells us about Kevin's hilarious failures, and his attempts to make it all right again.
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
People who say that honesty is the best policy are lying. At least, that’s what out main character, Kevin is absolutely sure of. Kevin is fourteen-years-old and has an older sister and brother who constantly fight about who’s going to use the car that their Auntie Buzz gave to the three of them to share. Mom is always working at the book store, and Dad is always traveling to a different state doing his job, so things are a bit tense in the house.

Kevin has spent his life lying. He discovered earl
Sep 27, 2016 Iain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gary Paulsen is a great writer for elementary/junior high school students as his books present a story which is easy to follow and level appropriate to younger readers with interesting twists and a fair bit of humour along the way and important life lessons providing ample teachable moments. 'Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Deception' fits this model and younger students enjoy it.
Dec 03, 2012 Peter rated it liked it
The book begins with Kevin lying his way out of a hard project with Katie Knowles. Kevin can not stand Katie and to think that he had to do a project with her mad him sick, so he lied to her so he could get out of working with her.
Then Kevin run into a Tina and then gets a crush on her. His friend JonPaul saved him from embarrassment. After school Kevin goes home and thinks of a way to get Tina to like him. He decides that he will become the best boy friend ever and become friends with Tina’s
Sep 15, 2011 Erica rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, young-adult
Book talk: Kevin is a liar, but who isn't? Most people lie every day. It's just good manners if you think about it. The only difference between Kevin and most people is that he's really good at it. So good in fact that he convinces his social studies partner Katie that he's come down with a deadly disease so that she volunteers to do their project by herself. Sure it's a lie, but Katie prefers to work on her own anyway, so who is he hurting? Besides Kevin has better things to focus his attention ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This is a review of both Liar Liar and Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed.

The last time I read a book by Gary Paulsen, I was in fifth grade and my teacher assigned Hatchet. I really liked it, as I recall, but wilderness adventure stories aren't really my thing, and he's not an author whose work I've ever really needed to hand sell to kids, so over the years, I've sort of skipped over his books in favor of reading other things. This year, however, he published tw
Karissa Nisley
Mar 19, 2015 Karissa Nisley rated it liked it
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Jake From State Farm
Liar, Liar was a fairly entertaining novel. It was one of them basic "middle/high school life" books that the main character ends up learning a lesson. Gary Paulsen uses a lot of good character dialogue that really gives you and idea of what Kevin's (the main character) personality is. Kevin is literally a liar as it says on the title, and throughout the book, he notices the impact lying has on you and the guilt you feel.
Gary Paulsen is perhaps best known for his survival epic Hatchet, but he has a huge body of work for young people–especially boys. Liar, Liar revolves around Kevin. Kevin is a middle school student and a self-admitted liar. He considers himself to be an extremely good liar and he considers lying to be an important and necessary part of navigating life.

Kevin narrates the story, beginning by giving the reader examples of situations where lies are truly the best option. Many of his examples will ri
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
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
Kevin is a compulsive liar, which isn't a very attractive quality in a person. Luckily, he's funny and good-hearted too, so that makes up for a lot. He kind of reminds me of Joey Pigza, or what Joey would be like as an 8th grade boy whose hormones start messing with his judgement. Trouble starts one day when he notices Tina, a girl he has known since kindergarten, has turned into the most beautiful creature on the planet. Until now he has used his lies as sort of an art or recreation, but now he ...more
Mar 07, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok
As I browsed the shelves of the library searching for my free-choice novel, my eyes stopped on a book by Gary Paulsen. I remember reading Hatchet in elementary school and really liking it so I checked out Paulsen’s Liar, Liar. To my surprise I was disappointed by this modern day teen tale. The protagonist of the story is Kevin, an eighth grader with a knack for lying who wreaks havoc on his life by lying too much. I found it to be very predictable and not exciting. Kevin was not a realistic four ...more
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