What are Doug's worries in Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now?

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Doug faces a lot of worries throughout Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now. These worries concern his home life, school life, and daily personal life.

At home, Doug has to worry about facing his father's drunken emotional and physical abuse. Examples of his father's abuse are seen when his father puts his own needs above his son's, such as by refusing to take him to Yankee Stadium to replace his stolen baseball cap. His father also insults him when Doug is hired at Spicer's Deli by saying, "If they thought you were any good, they would have started you this Saturday" (Chapter 1). Additionally, he forces Doug to get a tattoo. As if worrying about receiving abuse from his father is not enough, Doug also has to worry about being abused by his brothers.

At school, after Doug's middle brother, Christopher, is accused of robbing Spicer's Deli, Doug has to face being treated like a villain himself. Because people at school distrust him, he has to worry about being attacked by and getting into fights with kids at school. He also has to worry about doing poorly in school because he can't read and frequently feels humiliated in PE class because of the abuse he has suffered.

In other aspects of his personal life, Doug must worry about dealing with the freezing cold weather as he makes his grocery deliveries since he doesn't own adequate clothing. He also takes it upon himself to worry about the Audubon plates being sold by the Marysville Town Council and successfully finds ways to convince the new owners of the plates to return them to the library.

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