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Okay for Now Themes

Gary Schmidt
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Coming of Age

One of the primary themes that runs throughout the novel is growing up and coming of age. In some way, each of the characters learn lessons about growing up and dealing with responsibilities in life. Doug deals a lot with puberty and the changes in his feelings and his body as a teenage boy. He also deals with an abusive father and the fact that he has made it into the eighth grade without being able to read.

Christopher's coming of age comes after Lucas comes home from Vietnam without his legs and blind. Christopher realizes that he has to help his brother find his way and that Christopher does not want to turn out like Mr. Swieteck. Even though Chris is heading down the same path as Mr. Swieteck, he alters his behavior, as does Doug and Lucas.

Lil comes of age when she faces...

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