Reviews for Okay for Now : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2011 July
Doug Swieteck, who has just moved to a new town and is struggling with an abusive father, is trying to figure out who he is. Lincoln Hoppe has no trouble finding a voice for the hero or accenting the novel's dark, lyrical tone. The first-person point of view reaches out to involve listeners in the story, and Hoppe makes the most of these invitations. He captures Doug's indecision--will he adopt the hard tones of his father and older brother or his mother's tenderness? Hoppe expresses Doug's attempts to cope with abuse as well as with his burgeoning creativity and the first stirrings of love. Just as skillfully, Hoppe delivers meaningful depictions of the minor characters. His considerable talents paint a vivid portrait of a troubled family and an unforgettable hero. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #2
In Schmidt's 1968-set novel, Doug Swieteck (from The Wednesday Wars, rev. 7/07) moves with his family to boring old Marysville, New York, after his hotheaded father gets fired (again). Doug's rough-and-tumble life begins to turn around after he discovers his artistic side, courtesy of a collection of John Audubon bird prints. Some caring adults and scrappy new friend Lil Spicer help Doug fulfill his potential. Narrator Hoppe effectively channels Doug's ready-to-fight persona, practically spitting out the character's oft-used maxim: "So what?" Doug's unguarded moments are also sensitively voiced, evading melodrama as the story careens around its many emotion-packed curves. elissa gershowitz Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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