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I finished I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings yesterday afternoon and needed something a bit lighter for my next read. Luckily the Los Angeles Public Library had the perfect thing available for me to check out: Rats Saw God, Rob Thomas’ [the creator of “Veronica Mars” and “Party Down”, not the singer] first book.
The synopsis, from Amazon, is as follows:
Steve details his descent from bright star to burnout in this newly repackaged edition of the definitive, highly acclaimed novel from the creator of “Veronica Mars” and “Party Down”.
Houston, sophomore year: Steve is on top of the world. He and his friends are the talk of the school. He’s in love with a terrific girl. He can even deal with “the astronaut”—a world-famous hero who happens to be his father.
San Diego, senior year: Steve is bummed out, drugged out, flunking out. A no-nonsense counselor says he can graduate if he writes a 100-page paper. So Steve starts writing, and as the paper becomes more and more personal, he reveals how a National Merit Scholar has become an under-achieving stoner. And in telling how he got to where he is, Steve discovers how to get to where he wants to be.
Everything about this synopsis screamed “YES!” right in my ear. Rob Thomas is an amazing writer – or he writes the exact type of thing I’m forever interested in reading/watching. His characters always have this quick, sarcastic wit that I envy. I started Rats Saw God last night and I’m already a quarter of the way through. It was hard to put down. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a somewhat objective review when I’m finished because I’m a huge fan of Thomas’ work.