Friday, July 23, 2010

Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot

"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 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."

Pants on Fire was a really quick read. I finished it in a couple of hours. It was a fairly amusing book, but I found some of the characters hard to like and the plot to be a little cliche. The writing was excellent. The mystery of what happened four years ago unfolded at just the right pace to keep me interested throughout the entire book.
I found Katie incredibly difficult to like, or even tolerate. For one thing, she was a horrible liar, and she had a serious problem when it came to guys (which she admitted to. I can't count the number of times she said "What's wrong with me?" or "Something's wrong with me."). Her guy problem made her seem really pathetic. I also found it annoying how hard she tried to please everyone, even if it meant sacrificing her own happiness and telling endless lies.
As for Katie's friends, they were as bad as her, but in different ways. There was Seth, her boyfriend, who hated Tommy Sullivan for something he did to his brother, even though it was the right thing to do. Sidney was just so shallow and snobby, and liked herself way too much.
My least favorite characters were definitely the football coach and Liam, Katie's brother. Liam really did drink the Kool-Aid when he joined the football team! The coach was horrible, the way he made it seem like non-Quahogs were inferior because they weren't on the stupid football team. The whole town was annoying in that way, giving the Quahogs special treatment and acting like anyone that said anything against the team was committing some kind of blasphemy. I mean, it was just football!
Tommy was one of the few decent characters (the other waitresses at the Gull 'N Gulp weren't bad either) because he didn't worship the Quahogs. I felt kind of bad because everyone hated him for doing the right thing. Books with that theme really irritate me.
All in all, this was an okay book. A little cliche, and very predictable, but not a waste of time. I recommend it to fans of chick-lit and anyone looking for a light read.

Pants of Fire gets three Roller Skates.
Eclectically yours,

1 comment:

Orchid said...

Yeah, Pants on Fire is predictable, but it's also one of my favorite Meg Cabot books. You were spot on with the characters and I couldn't agree more on football Quahogs thing. Nice review. ^_^