Summer Book Reviews 7-23-2008

“Pants on Fire” reviewed by Allyson Fey

In the novel Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot, Katie Ellison seems to be living the perfect life. However, underneath it all are little secrets. When a childhood friend returns with information that could crumble Katie’s perfect world, she might be forced to begin being truthful.

In the summer before Katie’s senior year, her world is ideal – waitressing at a popular restaurant, dating the most popular boy, and making out with the star of the drama club on the side.

However, everything takes a downward spiral when Tommy Sullivan returns to town. He knows what really happened the day the school’s new gym was vandalized, and Katie knows he is out for revenge.

To make things worse, Tommy is the enemy of the town for exposing the beloved football team’s cheating on the SATs.

Despite everything, Katie is quickly falling in love with the boy who has the power to take away everything she values most.

Pants on Fire is a light-hearted drama that any teenage girl would enjoy. It magnifies its portrayal of young women’s common problems.

I would recommend it as an entertaining quick read with excellent plot twists and character development.

Allyson is a graduating senior in the gifted program at Hahnville High. She enjoys reading, student athletic training, student council, BETA, and yearbook. Allyson plans on attending Nicholls State University to major in Nursing.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.



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