Okay for Now is the sequel to Gary Schmidt's book The Wednesday Wars. Doug Swieteck is a minor character in The Wednesday Wars and is the main character in Okay for Now.
Doug is a young boy, only fourteen, who lives in Long Island. His family moves to Marysville, New York because his dad gets fired. Being forced to move from your home at such a pivotal age is reason enough for growth.
After Doug moves, he soon gets a job working as a delivery boy. Having a job is a time of growth for Doug as well. He learns to meet the other people in the community when he delivers to them.
Another way Doug grows is when his older brother comes back from the Vietnam War. His brother, Lucas, has suffered permanent injuries as a result of the war and Doug must learn to help and support his brother through this trying time.
Throughout the entire novel, Doug has to overcome issues such as bullying, abuse, young love, and learning to support others. All of these trials help Doug grow into a more mature person.