Author: Meg Cabot
Summary: 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 wall outside the junior high school gymnasium—in neon orange, which still hasn't been sandblasted off. After all, everyone knows that's what drove Tommy out of town four years ago.
But now Tommy Sullivan has come back. Katie is sure he's out for revenge, and she'll do anything to hang on to her perfect (if slightly dishonest) existence. Even if it means telling more lies than ever. Even if, now that Tommy's around, she's actually—no lie—having the time of her life.
My Thoughts: Pants On Fire by Meg Cabot is a fun, amusing and easy read. Cabot has a good sense of humor and her diction and choice of events kept the book entertaining. Katie, the main character, is easy to root for. At first I was a little put off by her - she was too promiscuous and obsessed with boys - but after a couple chapters, she became an interesting character. Katie could have been the most popular girl in the town if she strayed from who she was. For example, Katie lives in a town where Quahogs - a certain shellfish - are worshiped, but she hates them. Similarly, Katie has a boyfriend who's a football star, but she's not as interested in him as she would like to be. By rejecting both these things, Katie starts to realize who she was, instead of what other people wanted her to be. Katie is very relatable and although a little angst-y at times, she's generally a good person.