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Rats Saw God (Paperback)

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This is my favorite YA book of all time, but it is one that adults will love as well.  For most of high school, Steve York is a 4.0, National Merit Finalist kind of student. You know the type. By spring of senior year, he is flunking out, and in order to graduate he must write a 100 page paper. After a few false starts, he decides to write about the last turbulent year of his life Rats has a spot-on depiction of high school, sassy dialogue, and memorable characters. Even though it has a weird title, and a horrible cover, it is a great book.


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Steve details his descent from bright star to burnout in this newly repackaged edition of the definitive, highly acclaimed novel from the creator of Veronica Mars and Party Down.

Houston, sophomore year: Steve is on top of the world. He and his friends are the talk of the school. He’s in love with a terrific girl. He can even deal with “the astronaut”—a world-famous hero who happens to be his father.

San Diego, senior year: Steve is bummed out, drugged out, flunking out. A no-nonsense counselor says he can graduate if he writes a 100-page paper. So Steve starts writing, and as the paper becomes more and more personal, he reveals how a National Merit Scholar has become an under-achieving stoner. And in telling how he got to where he is, Steve discovers how to get to where he wants to be.

About the Author

Rob Thomas is the creator and executive producer of the television series Veronica Mars. He is also a cocreator and executive producer of the cable television series Party Down. In addition to his television work, Thomas is the author of several young adult books including Rats Saw God, Slave Day, Satellite Down, and Doing Time: Notes From the Undergrad. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Katie, daughter Greta, and son Hank. Visit him at

Praise For…

"Funny, smart, tough..."

-- Chris Crutcher

"Rob Thomas is like a house afire."

-- Paul Zindel

Product Details
ISBN: 9781442457386
ISBN-10: 1442457384
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 224
Language: English