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(out of 7 reviews)
AGE
12
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Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 March 17, 2012
AGE
11
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Great book for tweens

I borrowed this book from my Language Arts teacher and it's really good. It has great dialogue, well-developed characters, and a great plot. It's a really touching book and has positive messages about the importance of family and friends, standing up for yourself, and not letting challenges bring you down. OK for kids 11+. Violence: Doug's father is physically and verbally abusive. Doug talks about how his father made him get a tattoo on his 12th birthday. Lucas, Doug's brother, loses his legs and eyesight while serving in the war. Lil is shown getting very sick and has to go to the hospital. Mentioning of school fights. Sex: Doug and Lil become a couple, and Lil gives him a kiss on the cheek. Language: Use of the word "freaking" Consumerism: Mentioning of Coke. Drinking: Doug's father and his friend are depicted as alcholics.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bynoveleater September 1, 2011
AGE
11
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Touching sequel to The Wednesday Wars

Okay For Now is wonderful, touching, beautifully written, and as Doug would say: terrific. The story follows a boy named Doug Swieteck who deals with an abusive father, and quiet mother, and a two brothers, one a jerk, the other just returned from the Vietnam. The story takes place in upstate New York during the year 1928, so it does count as a historical novel. The story is veered for younger readers, but some of the content may be questionable for a young child. The main character is often slugged by his own father, and in one chapter their is a retelling of a time when Doug's father brings him to a tattoo store, and is forced to get a tattoo that is offensive and mean. The father comes home, most of the time drunk. He also smokes. Lil and Doug drink coke throughout the novel. In one scene, two kids get into one bed, and their is a picture of two kids kissing. Their is a description of burns, and one character's legs were burned off. What also makes this book wonderful, is that every chapter starts with beautiful paintings of birds from John James Audubon's Birds of America. This story does contain some information about Jane Eyre, that may inspire some readers to find out more. The messages are wonderful, and the finale few words will give you goosebumps. I suggest this book for anyone who loves to read, or who doesn't. It is worth the read. Enjoy!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bypayton12 September 2, 2013
AGE
18
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Okay for now

i have to read this book for summer reading and it is the most boring book ever. it is the second week of school and i have not finished the book and we have to take notes and i have not even started i would not recommend this book just for fun to read it has a lot of pages and it is boring now if u love reading which i don't u should get it from a library do not waste your money on this book. there is a little bit of violence like stealing and talking back to the principle but not a lot and there is supposed to be a positive message but i have not found that yet.there is no sex,consumerism or bad language,drugs,smoking, in this book but the main characters dad is always drunk so he drinks a lot. Good luck if you have to read this!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bygabbyswag March 5, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

familey friendly review

This is a book about a boy who gets abused by his father and undergoing a lot of problems in his life there is an unbelievable amount of violence in this book all together this book might be a little hard to follow for some readers but it is a great book I think it should be a book everyone is formed to read in school it has a very meaningful life lesson in it and the lesson is that you should never let just anyone push you around like you are just some play toy.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written bydanya t November 8, 2014
AGE
10
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Not very good

I read this book for school one time and I had a lot of trouble getting through it. It is a VERY slow start and doesn't have a real climax...it is pretty flat all the way through.
Teen, 13 years old Written byb00k Addict October 20, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

An okay review

Okay For Now is an amazing book where the main character is a ordinary boy around the age of 13 which many young teenagers could relate to, such as myself and become immersed in the deep and captivating plot. The book is based in the late 1960s which could be considered as a slight historical insight as well. I would say that the way the Gary has created such a sophisticated character who tries to cover his emotional side (or what Doug would "being a chump") with a load of sarcasm and trying to be "cool" (as many kids would say these days). This book offers great entertainment value and as "noveleater" has said, the ending is more than fitting to the end of an incredible book.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old September 6, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Best Book

I think that this is the best book I have read in a long time. It uses the words stupid a lot but it is still okay.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking