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Pants on Fire

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  16,802 ratings  ·  717 reviews
Katie Ellison is not a liar.

But she can't exactly tell the truth, either--not when she's juggling two boyfriends, secretly hating the high school football team everyone else worships, and trying to have the best summer ever. At least Katie has it all under control (sort of). Her biggest secret, what really happened the night Tommy Sullivan is a freak was spray-painted on
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Harper Teen (first published January 1st 2007)
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CapesandCovers Probably around 13+ the cover just makes it look provocative. If you look at the U.K. cover and title it makes it seem more friendly towards early…moreProbably around 13+ the cover just makes it look provocative. If you look at the U.K. cover and title it makes it seem more friendly towards early teens (especially since the dust jacket has furry lettering).(less)

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Carol Storm
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
In all honesty I can't give this book more than two stars -- since it was tooth-grindingly awful about 85 percent of the way through. Nevertheless, the ending, where the weak-willed heroine FINALLY tells the town where to get off, really was moving and interesting to read.

There are so many things that sink this book. There's the inane heroine, and the basic setting and premise. The whole "stuck up jocks run the town and beat up anyone they don't like," concept has been a cliche for at least fif
Confession time: I have this horrible Meg Cabot weakness. The moment a book of hers comes out, I rush to the store to buy it (this happened just today and also last week and, dude, she writes so many books). I do this even though there have been some books of hers in the past that I could not finish because I disliked them so much. Apparently the ones I loved work some sort of amnesia on me so that when a new Meg Cabot book comes out I go, "Meg Cabot! I love every book of hers! I must run to the ...more
Oct 05, 2007 rated it did not like it
Can somebody please have the courage to edit Meg Cabot? Every single one of her writing quirks comes out in this story about a girl who is cheating on her hot boyfriend with another hot guy, and then another hot guy comes along, and oh yeah, something really bad happened to him a couple of years back that completely ostrasized him and now he's back to get revenge. Or is it love?

Confused or bored enough yet? I was.

On her blog, Meg Cabot has a tendency to kind of brag about getting her manuscripts
♛✨  Christine ♛✨
Listen peeps I read this in highschool and have re-read it again and again and again. No matter how my tastes in novels will change, these novels that started my way into the world of books will always have a place on my shelves and in my heart.

I loved the whole mystery and suspense around what happened to drive Tommy Sullivan away from town. When it was finally explained you felt the whole regret and innocence to such a simple thing.

FOUR years later down the track Katie has made it into the po
Oct 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yafiction
I'm new to Meg Cabot, and this was the first book of hers that I had read. I know she's the Queen of teen lit, so I was a little suprised when I read this book. It wasn't what I had expected.

Meg Cabot tries to write like a teen would talk, saying things like "not" or what seems to be her favorite word, "macking," which means kissing or making out, of course. And she says these words - a lot. After about the fifth "macking" I almost gave up. But I stuck with it, and my final verdict is "so-so."

Nov 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: self-entitled girls for whom enough is never enough, paris hilton?
Katie Ellison is a moron. And that's the nicest thing that I can say about the so-called 'heroine' of this steaming load of crap.

The story is based around the lies and life of one girl that I can find no redeeming qualities in, even after her transition into truth-telling after living a life weaving stories for her own nefarious purposes. The entirety of the book reads like a thirteen year old girl's diary, evoking the me, me, me mindset of a spoiled brat for whom enough is never enough. Additio
Ruby~am I a part of the cure?
I love Meg Cabot. I learned you should not lie. Even if it hurts. Aww I love it!
And Tommy is NOT a freak ;)
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Sort of a friends-to-more/second chance romance story and it made me giddy. Except that Katie is kind of a cheater -- just kissing but still, I don't condone that. But then Tommy (Tom, now) comes back into her life and rocks her world with a kiss to make you forget all other kisses and an ultimatum to boot, and she decides to come clean...about everything. And she's told a lot of lies -- even if by omission. Witty, refreshing, and fun, I definitely enjoy Meg Cabot's young adult novels just as mu ...more
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 13 and up
Another book from Meg Cabot. Her writing is good, but, she needs to widen her range. Her books are all starting to sound the same, and only small twists in the plots are the differenciating point.

This was not (in my opinion) her best book. Even if you hadn't read any of her others, it still isn't the best read. From the beginning I knew who was going to end up with who, and what was going to happen, reactions and such.
Though, I was a little sad that her parents (and the entire town) were so o
Nach Ready or Not wieder ein enttäuschendes YA Buch von Meg Cabot. Katie ist für mich die unsymphatischte Charakterin von Cabots Repertoire. Und da hilft es nicht gerade, dass die anderen Charakter so gar nicht wirklich vorkommen. Dazu kommt, dass sich alles wiederholt. Tausendmal das gleiche Problem. Die Geschichte wäre am Stück wohl innert 30 Seiten durchgehandelt. Zuerst wollte ich zwei Sterne geben, denn unterhaltsam wars ja schon bisschen, aber die negativen Punkte summieren sich einfach. S ...more
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
I love Meg Cabot's books. They are fresh, funny and heart-warming, with cute characters, an entertaining plot and sparkly, humorous writing, however, in this book, that was not the case. When I opened the book I instantly expected to be introduced to a loveable, three-dimensional main character, funny, witty remarks and soon after, little twists in the plot, I am very sad to announce that this book was nothing like her previous novels and was a major disappointment to read.

When we are first intr
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Rating: A

Personal comments:
I love this book! I like the character development, and I do enjoy the descriptions. I'm a big fan of how all of Cabot's characters seem to have an actual understandable personality. They are as three dimensional as you or my in my opinion, and the depth helps the storyline.
The reason my rating lacks a + is only because I feel that there were a few things left unraveled after Katie's big confession that Cabot forgot to tie back up again.
I mean, what is up with Liam?
1) the main character was so selfish, thinking tommy had returned just to ruin her life like get over yourself

2) i hate when everyone's up footballer's arses like believing they can do no wrong it reminds me of those r*pe cases against athletes that always have people going oh he was so talented or whatever gross

3) seth needed to get over himself as did liam in fact i felt very much like slapping liam especially for buying into all that conspiracy shit

4) so much girl-on-girl hate please stop
Casedy Clennon
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Nasty Lady MJ
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Long before my book blogging days I was a Meg Cabot junky. I had to get every book of hers on release date, and this was before Prime existed so I actually had to drive to the bookstore and pick up said book.

Pants on Fire was one of these books.

In retrospect, it was nowhere near the hype I had for it. But at the time I was excited about it. It included a heroine who actually has a complicated love life AND wasn’t perfect.

Sort of hard to find in YA
Melannie :)
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm so tired of all the 'negative' reviews (if you can call rude comments 'a review') this book has,
just morons that like to think of themselves as too good for this book, then don't read the freaking book! you knew what you were getting into, I mean the title is PANTS ON FIRE, and Katie's most famous quote is 'I am a liar and I can't stop thinking about boys' (well, she's a teenager!) ¬¬

that being said,

I LOVE THIS BOOK! It's one of the most hilarious reads I've had.
It's funny and entretaining
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this a few years ago, but here's the basic 'tl;dr':
girl is going out with the most popular boy in her entire school, is a waitress at one of the most crowdest restaurants that apparently is loved by all, her brother is the most popular dude for his grade and oh, she likes photography. cliche aint it. but it doesn't stop there. she's cheating on her boyfriend, which i might add the whole town seems to adore because he's the lead football player or whatever sport, on some other guy who is j
Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a good read.
Recommended to Liv. by: No one.
-from inside flap-

Katie Ellison is not a liar. It's just that telling the truth is so...tricky. She knows she shouldn't be making out with a drama club hottie behind her football-player boyfriend's back. She should probably admit that she can't stand eating quahogs (clams), especially since she's running for Quahog princess in her hometown's annual Quahog Festival. And it would be a relief to finally tell someone what really happened the night Tommy Sullivan is a freak was spray-painted on the n
Totally loved this book. I just can't stop reading a book with such good looking guys. Damn if I attended that high school, it'll be heaven for me.

Katie Ellison is the hottest girl in school and is dating the hottest guy alive. Everything was fine until Tommy Sullivan came back to Eastport after four years. And you know what his HOT!

Katie's life is turned upside down. She can't believe his back after what he did. Calling the football team a cheat and writing article about them. He practically g
Yushi Wang
Mar 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: advisory
This novel takes me into the mind of a teenage girl who has lied for the most of her life. Whenever Katie gets into trouble, she relies on lies to get her out of it. However, because of this, she can't keep up with all her lies anymore and they come back to haunt her. She is entangled in a web of her own lies and she struggles to find a way out and free herself.
I enjoyed some parts of the novel because it was like a mystery. Four years ago, something happened between Katie and Tommy but the aut
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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Apr 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book originally in 2007 and rereading it on a whim in 2018 makes a huge-a** difference. I hate dissing Meg Cabot's books because she was my gateway into the world of YA-Lit AND I have loved a gazillion of her chatty, funny reads.
This one however was a cringe-inducing read.
Kristine Lopez
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristine by: Yasmine
<3 <3 <3
and i thought the title meant that the pants were on fire because they want or kept on doing the S word. BUT I thought wrong :D
SO anyway, as the story goes, this girl, Katie,was a photographer and a smart HOTTIE became all famous between the grades 8 and 9 because of SOMETHING that happened! WHAT COULD THAT SOMETHING BE? I DON'T KNOW (yeah, right.). CARE TO SAY WHAT IT IS? BUT MESSAGE IT TO ME SO THE OTHERS WON'T BE SPOI
Kristin Miranda
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Krista Basilio
This is the first Meg Cabot book that I read and it gave me so much fun. Meg was well-known for her sense of humor and this story was definitely a great proof. I was really surprised how she cracked me up simply with some words.

Katie's character was really interesting. I disliked her at first; she seemed too pretentious, boy-crazed and silly to me. Besides, the fact that Katie was a two-timer was sort of shocking (maybe because it came right after very few first chapters). She also hid a secret
Danica Prinsloo
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Liar, liar.

Katie Ellison is not a liar.

It's just that telling the truth is so . . . tricky. She knows she shouldn't be making out with a drama club hottie behind her football- player boyfriend's back. She should probably admit that she can't stand eating quahogs (clams), especially since she's running for Quahog Princess in her hometown's annual Quahog Festival. And it would be a relief to finally tell someone what really happened the night Tommy Sullivan is a freak was spray-painted on the new
Linda *Rapunzel*
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is has a lot of kissing in it. When you first see "Pants on Fire" you think, 'That guy has his hands on a place where guys wish they can always have their hands on', but it actually means that saying we all used to say: Liar, liar, pants on fire. Sometimes I don't understand Katie. She goes under the pressure of being normal and accepted when the truth is people let too many things go to their heads; one day its not going to mean anything. If I was her I would never follow the in crowd ...more
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Absolutely funny and cute! Katie (thumbs up for the choice of name xD) has a way of protecting herself over becoming unpopular: she lies about many things. Four years ago, before entering high school she made a choice. And now that choice is hunting her because she has to lie every time, to every one, even herself. Now that Tommy, the one person whose actions forced her to side with the popular kids four years ago to protect herself, has come back to town she will be soon forced to tell the trut ...more
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
“But I let it slide, because, hello, hot guy.” 78 likes
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