Thursday, March 07, 2013

OKAY FOR NOW

Author:  Gary Schmidt
Genre:  YA Fiction, Standalone
Published:  2011
Personal Rating:  3.5/5 (good)
Format/Narrator:  Audiobook/Lincoln Hoppe
Yearly Count:  15


When 14-year-old Doug Swieteck's dad loses his job, the family moves to a remote city in upstate New York, and everybody needs to make adjustments to their new life.

I have jumbled feelings about this book, because the main character, Doug, had a mixed bag of qualities -- some endearing, some unbelievably annoying.  The annoying ones are what caused me to not enjoy it as much as I could have.  Doug has the irritating habit of saying many phrases over and over again (sometimes with a little variation), but for the most part there were two phrases that I wanted to scream if I heard again.  UGH!  The endearing qualities of this 14-year-old ended up taking a back seat by the end of the book.

The storyline was good, but it didn't grab me as stellar either.  There are a lot of topics to discuss, though, so it would probably make a great YA book club choice. 

8 comments:

  1. I liked this one more than you did.

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    1. Bermudaonion ~ Too much repetition for me!!!

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  2. This is one that I've been wanting to read!!

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    1. Staci ~ I think you'll enjoy it.

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  3. I tried this on audio and couldn't get interested. I think I have the ARC somewhere, but now I'm not sure if I want to bother.

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    1. Les ~ I think it took me a bit to get interested, but once I did, the repetition began.

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  4. I HATE when the same phrases get used over and over. When it's used too much it really can spoil the whole book.

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    1. Stacybuckeye ~ You would hate this one then! Repetition galore. Maybe reading it would work, instead of audio.

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