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The First Part Last (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Angela Johnson

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Title:The First Part Last
Authors:Angela Johnson
Info:Simon Pulse (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 132 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:johnson, YA, teen, teen pregnancy, new york, nyc, teen father

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The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (2003)

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A young teenage boy has become a single father. He's not ready for it and struggles to maintain his schooling and raise his daughter and is strained to the point of extreme exhaustion. But throughout there is no doubt that he loves his little girl and he will do anything for her, if he can. It's wonderfully moving and worth a read. ( )
  andreablythe | Apr 10, 2016 |
Bobby struggles with knowing and doing the right thing. Adults feel the right thing is to give the baby up for adoption. When the time comes, Bobby feels and does what is right, he keeps the baby. He often wants his mother to take over the responsibility of helping him or taking care of the baby. He learns quickly that will not happen. This is a perfect example of a baby raising a baby.

Curricular connections: This has a perfect connection to health. Students often use eggs and take care of them 24 seven. This book would be a good class read to see the extensive responsibilities of raising a baby when you are only 16.
  sanm277 | Feb 22, 2016 |
*SPOILERS* Sixteen-year-old Bobby hangs out with his buddies and has a girlfriend Nia. He's a fairly typical urban teen with the added fat that he and Nia are about to have a baby. Bobby's story is told in alternating "then" and "now" chapters; in the "then" he finds out about the pregnancy and copes with the unreality of a baby that's not yet born. In the "now" chapters we see that Bobby is the one taking care of the baby. It's not til book's end that we learn that Nia suffered eclampsia and is now in a vegetative state in a long-term care home. Bobby decides to raise Feather on his own and not give her up for adoption. The title refers to Bobby's wish that people could live life backwards, start with the knowing and end with the innocence.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Exhaustion is all over this book - a great, difficult look at teenage pregnancy. ( )
  samseabornesq | Nov 10, 2015 |
Supposed to be super good, but I didn't like it. I didn't find it believable and I found it lacking in many areas. ( )
  Misty-Rose | Jun 1, 2015 |
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For Elizabeth Acevedo and the rest of the students in the 1999-2000 sixth-grade class at the Manhattan School for Children
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My mom says that I didn't sleep through the night until I was eight years old.
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Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

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