Things start off bad for Doug, then they get worse. Then they start to get better but that glimmer is stamped out and he's thrown ever farther into the abyss. But then things start to improve again and the complicated knots his life has been tied up in start to get unraveled. Things will never be perfect for Doug, but they will be okay. This novel gets very dark but it left me uplifted with a sense that no matter how bad things get, there is always a way to make them okay again. The narrative voice is compelling and believable and adds humor to the dark corners of the novel. This book could be enjoyed by anyone who has ever felt like they didn't belong somewhere.
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Tags: Character Driven, Family Life, Historical Fiction, Humor, Issues Fiction, School Stories