Okay for Now

Okay for Now

by Gary D. Schmidt
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Okay for Now 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 214 reviews.
Jocelyn Lam More than 1 year ago
I am reading this right now and I love it! I highly recommend this to others. It is AWESOME!
amanderson More than 1 year ago
"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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This latest title from one of the modern masters of childrens literature is a grand slam. This is storytelling at its best - a book that speaks to themes understood by kids and adults without compromise. I can't share it with my friends fast enough! I hope it wins the Newbery award!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it would not end maybe there could be a sequel?
hotovecspe More than 1 year ago
Okay for Now is the story of Doug Swieteck, a 14 year old "skinny thug" who lives in upstate New York during 1968. Doug's world is changed completely when his dad accepts a job in Northern Maryland. Everything changes when they move to Maryland, his dad always seems grumpy and is never around anymore, his mom always seems sad, is older brother is assumed a thief, which gives Doug the image of him and the town cautions everything Doug does, and he also finds out that Vietnam has changed his eldest brother, and not in the best of ways. Through all this turmoil though, Doug meets a witty girl his age named Lily, who teaches him how to drink a really cold Coke on a really hot day, and he finds a passion in drawing, especially drawing birds, which he must never reveal to his family. This story shows that even when life is unbearable, it will always end up okay, no matter how bad the times are. In my opinion, this book was well written and had many different conflicts, that each character had to deal with. The character development in this book is probably the best I've ever seen and this book was the kind that you will be reading all night long. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5, is because some of the book is only about him drawing birds, and for your information, is not very fun to read about. I would recommend this book to teenagers of any gender, young adults, adults who suffer from Vietnam Syndrome (post-traumatic stress), and people who are struggling with a recent house move.
Robin Stroud More than 1 year ago
Mr. Gary came to our school and talked to us about his new book the wednesday wars. I loved that book and i wanted to try this one. Im only on pg.34 and i loooove it gary is a mastermind genius
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gotta get the book. But read wednesday wars first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, really had a great time reading it, once you get past the beginning, the story really picks up pace and will make you smile! A definite read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a book what detail i love it
hotovecspe1 More than 1 year ago
Okay for Now is the story of Doug Swieteck, a 14 year old "skinny thug" who lives in upstate New York during 1968. Doug's world is changed completely when his dad accepts a job in Northern Maryland. Everything changes when they move to Maryland, his dad always seems grumpy and is never around anymore, his mom always seems sad, is older brother is assumed a thief, which gives Doug the image of him and the town cautions everything Doug does, and he also finds out that Vietnam has changed his eldest brother, and not in the best of ways. Through all this turmoil though, Doug meets a witty girl his age named Lily, who teaches him how to drink a really cold Coke on a really hot day, and he finds a passion in drawing, especially drawing birds, which he must never reveal to his family. This story shows that even when life is unbearable, it will always end up okay, no matter how bad the times are. In my opinion, this book was well written and had many different conflicts that each character had to deal with. The character development in this book is probably the best I've ever seen and this book was the kind that you will be reading all night long. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5, is because some of the book is only about him drawing birds, and for your information, is not very fun to read about. I would recommend this book to teenagers of any gender, young adults, adults who suffer from Vietnam Syndrome (post-traumatic stress), and people who are struggling with a recent house move.
calculatingwoman More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Beautifully written, beautifully resolved. Many lessons.
Deb Voss More than 1 year ago
I lived in this book as I read it....and it stuck with me for days afterwards. A reminder of the positive influence that each one of us CAN have on another person by simply showing we believe in them. An amazing read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever i found a new fav book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for school its awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gary D. Schmitt also came to our school and he autographed my book okay for now.! He is a great author and i was glad that he visited our school
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr Gary came to my school easel and told us a few stories about what happened to him. And he autographed okay for now and gave it to me ot of the whole autotorium. Well because I am wroting my own book.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One. People in a "clan" i know what youre talkin bout cuz ive read nearly all the books and im here to say get the fudge heck outta herr this is a place for reviews not dens. Two. Lea, Luke, & Sadie: why dont you go online to a real chatroom so youre not wastin room for reviews? Im trying to see if this is a good book or not =_= Thank yall.
caraboosbro More than 1 year ago
Great book i hope Schmidt continues with the series! Highly Recommended for ages 11-13
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year (2011) and fell in love with this book. The plot is good and the backround about the war was a good touch. I would reccomend this to anyone of all ages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book it is the best .This book really sends a meassage
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I was surprised when B&N chose a young reader book for its recommends title but then I'd never read Gary Schmidt book before. Once I read it, I knew it was a terrific choice. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It touched my heart. I turned right around and read The Wednesday Wars next and discovered that a kids book writer had become one of my favorite authors. Whether you're young or old, this is a truly beautiful book you won't regret reading.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's 1968, and Doug has just moved. He's not exactly crazy about making new friends and starting school somewhere new in the fall, but of course, he doesn't have any choice. As usual, Doug's brother gets out of all the work of unpacking and settling-in chores. Their rental house leaves much to be desired, and Doug quickly nicknames it THE DUMP. His mother tries her best to make it comfortable, as everyone listens to his father complain about his new job and how no one appreciates his hard work. Doug discovers the local library. But rather than the books, he is attracted to a collection of valuable Audubon prints. The birds amaze him. When one librarian sees his fascination, he challenges Doug to attempt his own drawings. Doug is surprised to find a hidden artistic talent. In addition to his weekly trips to the library, Doug passes time during his first summer in town delivering groceries for the little neighborhood store. He learns his way around town and meets many of the locals as he pulls his delivery wagon from one street to the next. All of his customers seem welcoming, until his brother is suspected in several recent criminal activities. His brother usually manages to mess things up where Doug is concerned. Author Gary D. Schmidt continues the story he started in THE WEDNESDAY WARS here in OKAY FOR NOW, and multiple plot lines will keep readers interested. Doug struggles to steer clear of his abusive father, avoid his brother, stay out of trouble in school, and keep the secret of why he isn't successful in his classes. When Doug finds there are people who care and are willing to help him discover his potential, he finally begins to lose his cocky attitude and starts to blossom.
book_mom6 More than 1 year ago
Like Schmidt's last book, The Wednesday Wars, this is a must read for both young readers and adults. The characters are fresh and memorable; the story both deeply moving and humorous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Gary Schmidt does not disappoint. His engaging title "Okay for Now" is an excellent addition to any upper elementary or middle school library. He incorporates information about Audubon's seminal work, "Birds in America", that enhances our appreciation for these fine works of art that have been in the news lately. He also tells a wonderful story about persistence in the face of great odds. While at times a bit farfetched ,(Audubon's Birds would be difficult for even a skilled artist to copy well) I throughly enjoyed this book; I read it in an afternoon!
minervami More than 1 year ago
It was my pleasure to read the advanced copy of Gary Schmidt's, Okay For Now. Mr. Schmidt did a fantastic job of creating a poignant and moving story of a boy dealing with hard hitting issues that would cripple the human spirit and leave many bitter and angry with the world. Instead, Mr. Schmidt gives us the tuff yet vulnerable Doug Sweiteck whom manages not only to survive in the harshest environment, but to triumph and change the lives of those around him. I stayed up until three A.M. finishing Mr. Schmidt's book and was happy to text my fellow co-workers that here was a first person narrative that I loved and felt was, not only a great story, but exceptionally well written. My thanks and complements to Mr. Schmidt for writing such a wonderful and beautiful book. With great skill Mr. Schmidt wove a story that will no doubt win him many awards and a place in children's literature for many years to come. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Schmidt and will be more than happy to hand sell Okay For Now as well as to make it one of my Bookseller's Recommend Bay.