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Most Helpful Favorable Review

21 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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"Okay for Now"
I have found a new favorite book. I got my hands on an ARC for Gary Schmidt's newest. Mr Schmidt wowed me with the "The Wednesday Wars" and this is being touted as a sequel. Don't worry if you haven't read "The Wednesday Wars," but you should, "Okay for ...
"Okay for Now"
I have found a new favorite book. I got my hands on an ARC for Gary Schmidt's newest. Mr Schmidt wowed me with the "The Wednesday Wars" and this is being touted as a sequel. Don't worry if you haven't read "The Wednesday Wars," but you should, "Okay for Now" is a stand alone title where the main character had just a walk on part in the first novel. Historical fiction set in the late 60's where the range of topics seems almost overwhelming but somehow are woven seamlessly together. Vietnam, space exploration, science, drawing, dyslexia, baseball, Audubon, theatre, child abuse, friendship and first love, horseshoes, criminal activity, cancer, alcholism, and things as mundane as life in junior high, delivering groceries, sipping cold Cokes on hot summer days, and small town America at it's finest.

I love Doug Sweiteck. This is one amazingly resiliant kid, with a snarky mouth and a heart of gold. He is the youngest of three brothers and sensitive to a fault. His oldest brother Lucas was apparently something of a hellion who ends up in Vietnam where he loses his legs and almost his sight. Lucas' return sets the stage for all sorts of changes in the family. Christopher whose name we learn only late it the book, is another juvenile deliquent in the works or so we think in the beginning. The father of the story is an alcoholic bully who doesn't deserve the amazing sons he sired. Mom is an abuse victim and an enabler, who you love as Doug does, but you wish she was just that much stronger so she could save herself and her sons.

From page to page you ride an emotional roller coaster, laugh out loud momemts are quickly followed by heartbreaking cruelty, and inpirational hope. Mr Schmidt creates characters that are very real and great mixtures of good and evil. I was sure the PE Coach was on my hate list forever, but you come to understand why he is the way he is and along with Doug give him a second chance he doesn't deserve, and this isn't the only character you are forced to change your mind about. There are also folks filled with compassion who lift Doug up when he can't do it alone.

Doug learned from his father that when things are going really well that just means disaster is about to strike, over and over in his life this prophecy is fullfilled, but somehow even when things are at their worst Doug pushes on finding hope and new ways to make things whole. And Doug's father learns some lessons of his own, this part of the story struggles with being credible, we would all wish for the happy ending and I love that so many kid books give them to us but from the adult perspective dad's turnaround is a bit hard to believe and amazingly fast without therapy. You can certainly talk yourself into it, Lucas' return and courage inspire dad to show the same bravery. I did, happily suppending reality and accepting for Doug a new and better life. 'Tis time well spent reading this one.

PS I LOVE that the Five Little Peppers make a guest appearance

posted by amanderson on March 27, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

I think it was cool about the birds

Well ok it was nice the fist time they mentoined the bird but the 20th time gets on my nerves who cares how to draw a bird other than that it was nice

posted by Anonymous on January 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Did not read

    SAW THE TRAILER IS AWSOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    "Not THe Best" Not the best book ive ever read

    About a abusive farher and brother a kid fights through his troubled life and soon meets a girl who becomes his friend, but the story is "not the best ive ever read.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    It was.......ok lol

    Okokokokokok

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