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

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  960 ratings  ·  207 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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Karen
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
Meredith
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...more
Sarah
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
Julia
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
Dagmar
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
Heidi
May 11, 2014 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Erin R
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
Giuseppe
This was about the funniest book ive read and a lot of Lies in the book but mostly funny
Laura
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.
Glennygenao
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
Debra
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...more
katsok
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.
Michael Culbertson
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Carmen Lopez
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
Madison
Gary Paulsen-
Kevin is really good at lying and he uses lying to get out of things and to also give people what they "want." But when everyone finds out about his lies, he is busted and has to make it up to everyone that he lied to and hope that they will forgive him. His friends and family forgive him, but his teachers and classmates still do not trust him, but everything is better with his family though and they are working things out.
Good to show kids that lying is not good and had repercussio...more
Merpati98
Reading this novel was like reading a report written by a cocky brat(no, I'm not saying the author is a cocky brat, but he did a good job portrayed the character like this, till the end). Yeah. The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Deception report.*laugh*

Unfortunately, even though this book is supposedly to teach the younger reader of how bad the lie is(or maybe that's just my assumption), the story didn't really delivered it. The last part/conclusion is poorly written that I coul...more
Emily
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.
Jessica
Kevin lies all the time - to his family, to his friends, to his teachers. He does it for a few reasons: because it's nicer (not telling a friend he thinks his hypochondria is crazy), because it gets him what he wants, and because it's more interesting. He starts lying even more when he develops a sudden crush on Tina, a girl in his class. Suddenly he's lying with a purpose: to get closer to Tina. Of course all his lies are gonna catch up to him, sooner or later.

This book was pretty eh. It starte...more
Ms. Yingling
Wow. Here I was hating on Gary Paulsen (The Island, The Crossing, Dancing Carl-- yick!) when he comes out with THIS, as well as the sequel, Flat Broke, coming out on 7/12/11. Kevin loves to lie, and it makes his life easier until he tells his social studies partner that he can't help with a project because of his illness, "relapsing-remitting inflammobetigoitis". He also manages to get his brother and sister in trouble, lies to a huge number of teachers at school to get out of classes to be clos...more
Erica
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
J
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
Kay Mcgriff
Even though Gary Paulsen may be best know for his survival stories (Hatchet and the rest of the books following Brian), he may be as popular in my classroom for his humor. I predict that Liar, Liar (Scholastic 2011) will be a hit in my classroom.

Kevin has it all figured out. Why tell the truth when a little lie--or two or three or ten--can make everyone's life a little easier. After all, it's not easy being the youngest of three kids in a family that might be unraveling. It's not easy convincing...more
Terryann
Paulsen, Gary. Liar, Liar. Wendy Lamb Books. March 2011. ISBN: 978-0-385-74001-2. $12.99 F

Gr. 7-9
Kevin tells little lies to make people feel better. He lies to make lives run smoother, to foster harmony, teach lessons and, every once in a while, to get his way. Keven, with all his practice, is an consummate liar. When Kevin decides leap from minor fibs to huge whoppers, he finds that keeping things under control is exceedingly difficult. His goal to make his crush Tina fall in love with him by t...more
M.
Eighth grader Kevin has decided to exploit his best talent--lying--and he's going to do it to make life easier for himself and everyone around him. Except his real motivation is to have time to make Tina think he's the perfect boyfriend material. Over about a week's time, he ensnares himself in a perfect web of deceit and has to figure out how to get out of the trouble he's caused himself.

Funny situations. Probably about 5th or 6th grade and up although the book is rated on Amazon for ages 8 - 1...more
Amy Lignor
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...more
Tami
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...more
Arocca
"Liar,Liar" is about a fourteen year old boy named Kevin,he was in 8th grade.Kevin thinks lying is a good thing,"Lying is just a good manner."Kevin just wanted to tell people what they wanted to hear like his homework was done or dinner was good.Gary Paulsen describes Kevin as a bad kid, always lying.


In the beggining of this story kevin gets assined to be partners with Katie Knowles.Katie is very smart and intellagent,but kevin wants to be partners with his friends.Kevin started making up lies...more
Lord
1. I liked the book "Liar,Liar: The Theory" for many reasons. First, I liked it because it was hilarious in many ways. For example, on page 13 Kevin, the main character had a partner for a project at school and Kevin had lied and said that he had all these sicknesses to make his partner feel bad and do all the work for him which was funny to me.I also liked this book because it's creative like how they have the main character have like a gifted talent for lying which I think is unique.

2. Who w...more
Sarah
Jun 29, 2011 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 6-8
Shelves: children-humor, audio
14-year-old Kevin has a talent he’s very proud of: telling lies. In fact, he thinks that by lying about everything, he makes his life easier; after all, he tells people what they want to hear and he often gets his way.

Then Kevin begins to push his luck when he goes from telling small lies to telling huge lies, and things start to get a little messy. For example, to get out of doing his share of a school project, he doesn’t just tell his partner that he’s not feeling well—he tells her that he suf...more
Samantha
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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