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Rats Saw God von Rob Thomas
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Rats Saw God (Original 1996; 1996. Auflage)

von Rob Thomas (Autor)

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In hopes of graduating, Steve York agrees to complete a hundred-page writing assignment which helps him to sort out his relationship with his famous astronaut father and the events that changed him from promising student to troubled teen.
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Titel:Rats Saw God
Autoren:Rob Thomas (Autor)
Info:Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1996), Edition: 1st, 224 pages
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Rats Saw God von Rob Thomas (1996)

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I once read that books are a labor of love. It takes a year or more to pen your masterpiece. I hope this is not Rob Thomas' masterpiece. I liked the 1996 vibe and the Dadaism obsessed high schoolers, but even with this setup, I could care less about the characters. It's ironic that a portion of the book focuses on writing and how to be a great one - to share your feelings in a way that others can relate and feel the same. I wanted that! Bring on the heartbreak of your first love, of not understanding your parents or their marriage, and even the High School Senior angst, I'll read that all night long. Instead, we get the "slice of life" book that evoked little to no emotion from this Dog Saw Star. ( )
  Dasha_A | Jun 8, 2019 |
It’s tough to discern the intended audience for this perfectly harmless and rather mundane Young Adult novel. The story, as told by protagonist Steve York in alternating timelines that differ by a couple of years (a gap that, as we all know, can feel life an absolute lifetime to a teenager), focuses on the melancholy aftereffects of the inexplicable dissolution of his first adolescent romance. Is this a teen romance novel for guys?

We’ve seen this story before—but this time from the guy’s perspective (how original, right?). Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl are benignly counterculture and authenticate their quirkiness by joining a high school club that promotes Dadaist art. Boy and girl lose their respective virginities with each other. Girl, for some reason the boy never understands, ditches boy as boy grapples with his father issues and comes to terms with the real reason for his parents’ divorce. Boy goes off to college.

The novel is quaint in its absolute avoidance of any of the prevalent themes of contemporary YA literature—there is no acknowledgment of multiculturalism, violence and bullying do not exist in this novel’s fictional universe, nothing about the wonders and dangers of technology…heck, Steve even writes letters—old-fashioned snail-mail letters—to his sister, the Internet apparently doesn’t exist, and no one owns a cell phone. What is this? 1988? (Actually, 1996, a mere 20 years ago, thus demonstrating how rapidly mediocre YA literature ages.)

So—not awful, not impressive. Not anything really, except startlingly mediocre. ( )
  jimrgill | Aug 17, 2017 |
So, the subtitle of this is 'everything doesn't have to make sense.' That means I should *not* be interested in this, as I'm really vulnerable to getting upset by things that don't come together or are implausible or whatever. But I am so intrigued by Dog Was Star that I do feel compelled to consider reading this recommendation from the authors of the comic strip Unshelved."
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Done. Well, it was indeed implausible. The author claims cred, but I'm not convinced. V. melodramatic. Not recommended - but not bad, either. I mean, the characters were iconographic, but at least some of them were new icons. And it didn't patronize kids, thank goodness.

I really like the cover of the edition I read. The face at the top is an artistic optical illusion - depending on how you look at, the eye is open *or* closed, which is representative of the character, who goes from high-achieving & gifted to stoner and back again. Heck, for all I know, the author had that drawing in hand, and decided to write a story about it...." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This book was a good read. It wasn't very faced paced but it was very good for transisitioning between books. The protagonists are funny and easily relatable. ( )
  FlowerBaby1230 | Apr 2, 2016 |
Awww, Rob Thomas. There were a lot of not-insignificant parts of this that were pretty standard for high school stories (the troubled kid saved by a writing assignment, the reconciliation with an estranged parent, etc.), and I rolled my eyes a bit at the implication that smoking pot is a dangerous downfall, but on the whole I was charmed by the honesty of it.

Also lots of fun bits here for Veronica Mars fans to latch on to, most disturbingly in the person of a character named Wanda Varner, who is thankfully nicknamed "Dub." ( )
  ellen.w | Jun 1, 2014 |
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Though I tried to clear my head of the effects of the fat resiny doobie I'd polished off an hour before, things were still fuzzy as I stumbled into senior counselor Jeff DeMouy's office.
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