Nobody is more surprised than Steve York when he’s selected as a National Merit finalist. He's trouble. He cuts class. He spends all of his time stoned. And he planted a marijuana seed in his guidance counselor’s fern. That’s today in San Diego. But two years ago in Houston, he was a straight-A student and a member of the most talked about group in school.
When his guidance counselor investigates, he challenges Steve to write a 100-page paper on the topic of his choice in return for a passing English grade. Steve chooses to explore the last two years of his life in the paper—which may be just what the counselor ordered.
Steve is funny, intelligent and irreverent. Young adults should love the character. The story of how he changed from a straight-A student to apathetic loner is authentic and compelling. The book switches organically between present-day San Diego and Houston two years in the past.
Young adults who have a challenging relationship with their parents will relate to Steve, but the appeal stretches further. Rats Saw God is a very funny book that is an easy read. The author, Rob Thomas, is also the creator of the CW television show Veronica Mars; fans of the show will enjoy the connections between the two. For example, Wanda Varner is the name of a character in both the book and on the show, and Rat Saw God was the name of an episode of the show.