Parents' Guide to

Rats Saw God

By Cindy Kane, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Funny high school novel reveals tender truths.

Book Rob Thomas Humor 1996
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

I read this book when i was a little bit younger then 15 i wont lie. But to be honest, i loved this book, in fact its one of my favorites. Or rather, it is my favorite. It touches some sketchy subjects sure, but its no worse then what bullcrap you see on tv now anyways. All this sensitizing, and idealistic bull that teenagers cant understand sex, drugs, and infedelity is retarded.
age 16+

well-written, but disturbing

Parents should know that a teen character in this book has sex with a teacher, and there are no visible conseqeuences for the adult. That was really disturbing to me, and I would want to talk to even an older teen about the issues that that raises.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (3 ):

Part The Breakfast Club, part Animal House, this funny how-I-survived-high-school novel reveals tender truths between hilarious one-liners. On the surface, nothing that happens in Steve York's life is terribly credible, starting with the fact that his father was "the third or fourth man to walk on the moon." Supposedly a group of artistic, hip nonconformists, Steve's high school club, G.O.D., includes the requisite jock, the editor of the school paper, the lead in the school play, and the best-looking boy in school.

Yet the central relationships in Steve's life -- with Doug, the founder of G.O.D.; with Dub, his first love, who relieves him of his virginity and breaks his heart; and with his father, "the astronaut" -- all change in believable ways. Friendships mature; first love often isn't forever; and parents don't fit into tidy pigeonholes. However over the top the plot may seem, Rob Thomas' original language makes it seem real.

Book Details

  • Author: Rob Thomas
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: January 1, 1996
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 219
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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