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Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
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Apr 07, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: teen
Read in May, 2011

I loved this book! And, since I also loved Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, I think it is safe to say that I love Gary Schmidt's writing. In this book, a young teen, Doug Swieteck, has more family issues to deal with than is fair - an angry and violent father, a brother accused of theft, another brother grievously wounded in Vietnam, plus the difficulties of having to move to a new town - all while not having learned how to read. It could be a bit much except that Schmidt balances the pain with townspeople who provide opportunities for salvation. The characters, through description and dialogue, are so believably drawn that one simply accepts that this story could absolutely be true. Take a librarian (excellent choice) who recognizes Doug's artistic abilities, throw in a cute girl whose father gives him a part-time job, a helpful teacher and a loving mother, and Doug has a fighting chance.

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