Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen

Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of DeceptionI found this book at my local library on a recommended reading shelf, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. Kevin is in the eighth grade and doesn't understand how anything positive results from honesty. Consequently, he's perfected the art of lying. One day, he notices the beautiful Tina and decides to devise a plan to make her see that he's perfect boyfriend material. His plan involves a lot of lying to a lot of people. It's not exactly foreshadowing to see that all of his lies will come back to haunt him in the future.

This book is a quick-read, and it's humorous. Kevin is a great character, and it's fun to see him try to manipulate people into doing the things he wants. His thinking is often illogical, but that's what makes him interesting. It doesn't make sense that he thinks he can skip four of his classes for a whole week without consequences. Teen readers should enjoy the book.

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