Rats Saw God – Rob Thomas

In order to pass English class and graduate, 18-year-old Steve York has to write a 100- page essay about his life. What sounds like a run-of-the-mill writing assignment, however, becomes an excuse for Steve to reflect on the last four years (from Texas freshman to California senior), and figure out where it all went wrong. Maybe it was when he discovered that he really couldn’t relate to his father, the Famous Astronaut. Or it could be because his “heart had been run through frappé, puree, and liquefy on a love blender” by his ex-girlfriend, Wanda “Dub” Varner. No matter where the finger of blame ends up pointing, it’s a wild ride of self-enlightenment as Steve discovers that not all relationships are permanent, and that some–like the one with his dad–can be mended with a little work.

I didn’t know what to expect when I read this book, I just kept hearing the title, so I figured I’d give it a shot.  It’s older so some of the topics were a little outdated, but a lot of it was really funny and there are things about being a teenager that never change.  If you want something a little different and thought-provoking but still very realistic, try this.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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