Rats Saw God

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Rats Saw God is a young adult novel written by Rob Thomas, published in 1996. It follows the main character Steve York, the son of an astronaut. Steve is a high school student who has had issues with marijuana and has found himself in the counselors office. The counselor tells him that he is flunking and if he wants to graduate he must write a 100 page paper about anything. Steve is reluctant to do so, at first, but eventually relents and begins the tale about the divorce of his parents, his prickly relationship with his father, and his first real relationship with a girl nicknamed Dub. Told in parallel timelines and bouncing back and forth from his senior year to his sophomore year, through writing the book Steve eventually comes to see his father as he'd never seen him before and understands that many of the things that he thought were true were completely wrong.


  • Steve York - the main character, a high school student who is brilliant, but alienated from his peers by his parents' divorce and his disastrous relationship with his father
  • Alan York - Steve's father, referred to by his son as "the astronaut"
  • Sarah York - Steve's younger sister
  • Dub - Wanda Varner, Steve's girlfriend during his sophomore year of high school
  • Doug - Steve's best friend in high school
  • Jeff DeMouy - Steve's senior year guidance counselor


The story takes place over the four years of Steve is in high school. The narrative is interlaced between his senior...
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