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Okay for Now (2011)

av Gary D. Schmidt

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1,5171188,557 (4.44)74
As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.… (mer)
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HEARTBREAKING, but so, so good. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
Powerful coming of age novel about a teenager with an abusive father in the Vietnam War era. Lovely authentic style with a real teenager’s voice, very good at conveying what the poor guy really felt, but also how the people around him respond to his strength and his courage. Highly recommended. ( )
  Matt_B | Sep 8, 2020 |
i read this book for school, but it was much more interesting than i thought it would be! its a great coming of age novel, and the ending made me really happy. ( )
  kkgautamm | Aug 19, 2020 |
This one made me cry because I was sad, and cry because I was happy. Do you know what it feels like to read a book like that?
Doug Swieteck's family moves to stupid Maryville, New York, where he expects life to be terrible. His father is abusive, his slightly older brother is a borderline delinquent, and his oldest brother is fighting in Vietnam. Doug expects life in Maryville to be hell. And there are certainly some people who seem intent on making it hell for him. His PE coach definitely has it in for him. The principal of the middle school assumes the worst about him at all times. One of the town's two librarians has no use for him.
But then, the other of the town's two librarians spontaneously decides to give Doug art lessons, entirely based on the works of John James Audubon, and Doug finds that he loves it. And a cranky old playwright who he delivers groceries to takes to him in surprising ways. And perhaps most of all, Lil Spicer, the first person he really meets in town, sees everything in him that most people don't.
It is a beautiful story of family, friendship, art, dedication, doing the right thing, and first love, and Schmidt hits every single one of those notes exactly right. ( )
  fingerpost | Jul 23, 2020 |
It is a story which is heartwarming, funny and emotional. I just loved the way this book has been written. You can admire the boy's courage by the way he stands up to people and changes everyone's life for the better. The story even teared me up a couple of times.

I loved the way the story is narrated by the boy and the nicknames he gives to people("So-Called-Gym-Teacher"); it is simply adorable.

This book definitely deserves a five-star rating. I would recommend this book to everybody because it is such a good read. ( )
  Govindap11 | Mar 21, 2020 |
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Bad-boy Doug Swieteck from The Wednesday Wars (rev. 7/07)—grudgingly respected for his bravado (he knew 410 ways to get a teacher to hate you) but feared because of his bullying older brother—is back in a stand-alone story. Readers meet Doug’s mean-spirited father, a man Doug dislikes but unconsciously emulates. When the family moves upstate after Mr. Swieteck’s temper gets him fired, Doug’s discontent mirrors his father’s. They live in a “stupid” town, in a house Doug christens “The Dump,” and people sit on stoops because there isn’t “any boring thing else to do in boring Marysville.” But what “boring” Marysville, New York, offers Doug is something unexpected: kindness and a future. He gets a part-time job; meets Lil, a sweet love interest; has teachers willing to teach him (as Schmidt gradually reveals, his need is dire); and, above all, is captivated by a book of Audubon bird prints when a caring librarian helps Doug discover a talent for composition and art appreciation. Schmidt incorporates a myriad of historical events from the 1968 setting (the moon landing, a broken brother returning from Vietnam, the My Lai massacre) that make some of the improbable plot turns (the father’s sudden redemption, for example) all the more unconvincing. Still, Doug’s story emerges through a distinctive voice that reflects how one beat-up kid can become a young man who knows that the future holds “so much for him to find.”
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As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

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