OKAY FOR NOWAuthor: Gary D. Schmidt

Genre: Coming Of Age, Young Adult

Publication: 2011

“She came over and looked at the picture. Then she took my hand.
You know what that feels like?
Like what the astronauts will feel when they step onto the moon for the very first time.”


Midwesterner Gary D. Schmidt won Newbery Honor awards for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boys and The Wednesday Wars, two coming-of-age novels about unlikely friends finding a bond. Okay For Now, his latest novel, explores another seemingly improbable alliance, this one between new outsider in town Doug Swieteck and Lil Spicer, the savvy spitfire daughter of his deli owner boss. With her challenging assistance, Doug discovers new sides of himself. Along the way, he also readjusts his relationship with his abusive father, his school peers, and his older brother, a newly returned war victim of Vietnam.


So you’ve read a book.

It took you a long time just to look for this particular book and when you found it, it feels like fate. And then you read it even though there were so many to-be-read-books that have been in your shelves for months and years. But you read this book first. And you cannot stop even if you want to. It made you laugh because of the witty, sarcastic and adorable main character named Doug (I love it when Mrs. Windermere calls him skinny delivery boy), and it made you smile foolishly whenever Lil Spicer enters a scene with him (I love how the author can make a romantic scene without them telling cheesy lines to each other), it made you bawl your eyes out (because really, who will not cry over this book?), it made you hate almost all the characters at the beginning but then you slowly saw how they were changing and then you realize that they were not really bad guys, and then the book taught you life lessons in a subtle way but will stay with you long after you closed the book, and most of all, it gave you an open ended ending but still you feel quite contented with it.

Do you know what that ending feels like?

It feels like a promise of sunshine after a rainy day. Like a hot coffee when you just came from a very cold place. Like Christmas eve, when you are excited for the next day to come so you can open your presents. Like New Year with a promise of a fruitful year to come. Like possibility.


5 stars


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