Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Okay for Now

Doug's life couldn't get much worse.  His abusive father has uprooted the family to a small town to take a job at the local paper mill, one of his brothers can't stay out of trouble while the other is fighting in Vietnam and the few possessions he has either get stolen or vindictively destroyed.  But slowly he starts to open himself up; first to a job at the grocery store, then to a passion for drawing, finally to the people around him.  Maybe small-town life won't be so bad after all.  But as Doug says, "When things start to go pretty good, something usually happens to turn everything bad."

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt is a companion novel to The Wednesday Wars.

I have so much love for this book that I simply can't give it a measured response.  This reading experience defies description, as so much of it is simply in the way things are said.  Despite his circumstances, Doug is a beautifully observant and empathic narrator.  His words radiate the pain and longing that makes up his life.  Everything he tells you, he tells you for a reason, and if he doesn't tell you something...well, there's an even better reason for that.  This is a finely nuanced, timeless book.  Definitely a must-read.

Okay for Now is published by Clarion Books and retails for $16.99 (hardcover).  I bought my copy with my very own money.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

Join us at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Left Bank Books--Downtown for the May meeting of the Writers Read reading group, which will be discussing Okay for Now.  As always, reading group selections are 20% at both Left Bank Books locations and online.

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