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Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to do the right thing. If only it was clear what the right thing was.


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Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to do the right thing. If only it was clear what the right thing was.

30 review for The First Part Last

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    Angie Thomas and Nic Stone recommended this book in a recent Instagram live, so of course I picked it up. When I started this, I was naïve in thinking that such a short book would not have much of an impact. I'm happy to report that it totally did. (I teared up multiple times.) Our main character, Bobby, is a teenage single father - a perspective I've never read from. There are no stereotypes or stigma placed on him. Instead, this is a tenderhearted look into his life before and after his daughter Angie Thomas and Nic Stone recommended this book in a recent Instagram live, so of course I picked it up. When I started this, I was naïve in thinking that such a short book would not have much of an impact. I'm happy to report that it totally did. (I teared up multiple times.) Our main character, Bobby, is a teenage single father - a perspective I've never read from. There are no stereotypes or stigma placed on him. Instead, this is a tenderhearted look into his life before and after his daughter is born. It's told non-chronologically (as you could probably decipher from the title), switching between before and after the birth. This allows us to see Bobby's internal battle of wanting to stay a carefree kid but also wanting to be there for his baby, whom he has come to fiercely love. I love that this young father's relationship with his child was at the forefront, but we were still given snapshots of the rest of his life. This was a perfect example of showing the important aspects rather than telling. I feel really satisfied after reading this book, which doesn't often happen. Recommend!

  2. 4 out of 5

    -;'MrSz.MyRiAh';-

    The First Part Last This book is about a boy name Bobby and his girlfriend Nia. Bobby is about to be a father and dosen't know what to do. I would recommend this book to any teen mothers or teen fathers that are struggling through this world. My favorite character is Bobby because he stood up to take care of his daughter but even though he wasn't prepared to be a father, he stayed strong through it all. My leasrt favorite character was nobody because I could basically relate to everybody in the b The First Part Last This book is about a boy name Bobby and his girlfriend Nia. Bobby is about to be a father and dosen't know what to do. I would recommend this book to any teen mothers or teen fathers that are struggling through this world. My favorite character is Bobby because he stood up to take care of his daughter but even though he wasn't prepared to be a father, he stayed strong through it all. My leasrt favorite character was nobody because I could basically relate to everybody in the book. I think the author wrote this book or her intentions were to inform young teens out there about teen pregenacy and since it wasn't such a powerful book, her intentions were to teach kids a lesson and learn there mistakes in life. The portion of the book that capitivated my attention was when Nia found out that she was pregant. What kept me reading this book was because it was interesting and would help me out in life. I wasn't able to predict out the ending because I never figured Bobby would end up having to raise Feather on his own, staying with his father, and Nia having to live in a nursing home for the rest of her life. If this book was made into a movie, the actors I would choose would be for Bobby,Evan Ross, and for Nia would be Keke Palmer. The emotions I would have to say about me while reading this book would be split personailty because some of the things in the story I could relate to and some I couldn't. My favorite line from the story was "I can tell you how it is to feel as brand new as my daughter even though I dont know what comes next in this place called Heaven."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brian Kelley

    Winner of the Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award, I was ready to like Angela Johnson's "The First Part Last." And then the brief first chapter concludes with this street prose-poetry: "Things have to change. I've been thinking about it. Everything. And when Feather opens her eyes and looks up at me, I already know there's change. But I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last. They'd be all knowing in the beginning and innocent in Winner of the Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award, I was ready to like Angela Johnson's "The First Part Last." And then the brief first chapter concludes with this street prose-poetry: "Things have to change. I've been thinking about it. Everything. And when Feather opens her eyes and looks up at me, I already know there's change. But I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last. They'd be all knowing in the beginning and innocent in the end. Then everybody could end their life on their momma or daddy's stomach in a warm room, waiting for the soft morning light." I was so ready for what appeared to be a novel that was doing to deliver something important. Unfortunately, for my taste, the end of the first chapter was the height of my curiosity and interest--which is a shame because this is an important story to tell and there are young people who will enjoy reading it. But I'm not them--they can write the glowing-this-changed-my-life-review. Did I mention I am just disappointed? I feel so set-up... For example, the narrator and protagonist, Bobby, does a little graffiti on a blank wall. Actually, he spends the day at a psychological crossroads. He is spray-painting his life, his fears, his dreams--he is creating this symphony of a young man in pain on a wall. And then is arrested. The fuzz always so inconveniently intruding on great art...the problem for me as a reader is that I never saw him as an artist prior to that moment or even later. I don't necessarily mean that I needed to see him spray paint his way through the novella...but I was hoping to learn more about him, to come to care for him, in the way he saw people, or the pavement, or the pigeons. All I feel that I learned about him is that he is tired teenager. He is tired from having to wake up to take care of his baby. And he has a nice father and generally supportive extended family including his friends. The pieces are here. They really are. But it just doesn't fit together for me. Being the first Printz Award winner or Honor Book I didn't really care for, it feels like an outline of something that will become an emotional journey written in street prose-poetry that went to print long before all of the emotion or most the poetry made its way in there.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kapila

    There's a bit of Benjamin Button at the very start of this book: "I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last. They'd be all knowing in the beginning and all innocent in the end." I think that's when I had decided that I would like this story. I listened to the book, and I'm sure that this made a big difference as well. There was something very sincere and very true about Khalipa Oldjohn's rendition of the story. He embodied the narrator and There's a bit of Benjamin Button at the very start of this book: "I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last. They'd be all knowing in the beginning and all innocent in the end." I think that's when I had decided that I would like this story. I listened to the book, and I'm sure that this made a big difference as well. There was something very sincere and very true about Khalipa Oldjohn's rendition of the story. He embodied the narrator and the story quite perfectly - with just the right pauses, just the right intonations, and a perfect empathy. As for the storytelling itself - this short novel is somehow able to keep perfect balance between the tumult of a teen-aged father having to care for his newborn infant, named Feather, and the way things were, which begins with Bobby and Nia finding out that they are pregnant. That aspect of looking back feels a bit slower, feels a bit meditative, and yet there is no sentimentality - in the past or the present. There is a sense that despite Bobby's desperation and the ups and downs he feels, he will find a way to make things work. His and Feather's "happy endings" have to do with being together and living from one day to the next, making things work in an imperfect world. Some part of me wished that certain aspects of the story could have been fleshed out a little more - Bobby's relationship with teachers at school, or that of his friends or family. However, the brevity of this novel does focus your attention on Bobby's story, and the sharply new path his life has taken with Feather.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Hanley

    I picked up this book because one of my students had talked about wanting to read it. It was also on many of the literature award posters I have in my classroom, so I knew that it came highly rated. The book comes from the perspective of a teen father raising his newborn daughter on his own. The plot is delievered in flashbacks, which are labled as "then" and "now", and this style really drives the intensity of the situation and the decisions that help shape whether or not Bobby and his girlfrie I picked up this book because one of my students had talked about wanting to read it. It was also on many of the literature award posters I have in my classroom, so I knew that it came highly rated. The book comes from the perspective of a teen father raising his newborn daughter on his own. The plot is delievered in flashbacks, which are labled as "then" and "now", and this style really drives the intensity of the situation and the decisions that help shape whether or not Bobby and his girlfriend are going to keep their baby. I think this book is an important read because it takes on an angle that isn't seen in most teen books. The inner anguish that Bobby deals with, and the language Johnson uses to describe this with really makes this book worthy of the attention it has received.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    The First Part Last by Angela Johnson, is a great book about a boy named Bobby. He and his girlfriend Nia are having a baby and they’re only 16 years old. They are confused about what to do with the baby. They don’t know whether to keep the baby or put it up for adoption. In the story bobby is the one keeping Feather, their baby girl. This fiction tale goes back and forth between Bobby’s present and his past. So there sort of telling the story in a different way. The mood or theme of this book i The First Part Last by Angela Johnson, is a great book about a boy named Bobby. He and his girlfriend Nia are having a baby and they’re only 16 years old. They are confused about what to do with the baby. They don’t know whether to keep the baby or put it up for adoption. In the story bobby is the one keeping Feather, their baby girl. This fiction tale goes back and forth between Bobby’s present and his past. So there sort of telling the story in a different way. The mood or theme of this book is sort of not really sad but something in-between sad, happy, and. Well lets just say that it could be a emotional book for some people. The setting takes place in New York City and e the main characters are Bobby, Nia, Feather, K-boy, and J.L. The overall purpose or authors purpose in writing this book is to inform teenagers on what can happen if they do not use protection or things like that. Lately many teens are getting pregnant and don’t realize how having a kid can hurt you. Besides being in school how are you going to take care of the baby during the day? If you drop out of school how will you get a job. What about the rest of your teenage life will be messed up because of a baby. This book shows what Bobby did and how you could handle something like that. This book is really powerful in informing teens about this kind of stuff. Explaining, sort of, what your life will be like after having a baby or something. This book isn’t really like anything I’ve read before and I really liked it. Many teenagers, female and male, should read this book. The strengths of this book is that it’s very informative about what going on in the book and similar things like that. The weakness is that it goes back and forth from now and then so much that it can be a little confusing at times for me but other than that the book was great. I am definitely going to read another book by this author in the near future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Taquisa

    I ABSOLUTLEY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! This book is great it took me all of 24 hours to read it, and it kept me hanging of the edge of my seat every time i picked it up to read. Angela johnson did a great job mixing a love story with a problem that two teenagers had to face in their lives,(A BABY)!!!!!! This book has such a great story line because it's something that really happens in everyday life. It teaches you that when you make a mistake most of the time there is going to be consequences. READ I ABSOLUTLEY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! This book is great it took me all of 24 hours to read it, and it kept me hanging of the edge of my seat every time i picked it up to read. Angela johnson did a great job mixing a love story with a problem that two teenagers had to face in their lives,(A BABY)!!!!!! This book has such a great story line because it's something that really happens in everyday life. It teaches you that when you make a mistake most of the time there is going to be consequences. READ IT, READ IT, READ IT. . ITS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aiyana Martinez

    The First Part last was a very touching book that I never imagined ever reading. Seeing the perspective of a young boy becoming a father dealing with horrific and traumatic issues I never thought a young father would experienced touched my heart. As I started reading the book I could not keep up with the way the book was laid out like going from now to then, back and fourth. I got confused in some parts of the book but I was able to see the connection of why they put it like that way in the book The First Part last was a very touching book that I never imagined ever reading. Seeing the perspective of a young boy becoming a father dealing with horrific and traumatic issues I never thought a young father would experienced touched my heart. As I started reading the book I could not keep up with the way the book was laid out like going from now to then, back and fourth. I got confused in some parts of the book but I was able to see the connection of why they put it like that way in the book. I was a little sad that the mother Nia only spoke once in the book, I was hoping to see from her perspective but I guess the reason behind her not being so involved in the story was due to the issues that happened in the end. Seeing the side of the male figure in a young pregnancy and young parenthood was a nice new fresh way of seeing something different. I always see the side of girls getting pregnant at a young age and dealing with the consequences later. But seeing the father and looking at the experiences and challenges he went through was something I did not expect to see or even tell through him. Throughout the book when he would mention nia loved this or nia always did that, I questioned myself and took notes on why kept reminiscing on what his girlfriend did or loved. It felt like it was foreshadowing to her passing away but in the end to him it was like her dying or losing her for good. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever had a friend or family member deal with young pregnancy and parenthood. I was moved emotionally and mentally from this book by giving me a new perspective to look at.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shaunda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The First Part Last is a very inspiring and thoughtful story. It's about a teenage boy named Bobby who gets a girl named Nia pregnant. He struggles between giving his baby up for adoption or keeping it. When Nia goes into a coma during her labor, he decides to keep it to have a part of her with him. But he still remains stressed. I think that this story teaches kids that it isn't as easy as some may think to raise a child when you're young. Bobby still had to go to school and try to make money. T The First Part Last is a very inspiring and thoughtful story. It's about a teenage boy named Bobby who gets a girl named Nia pregnant. He struggles between giving his baby up for adoption or keeping it. When Nia goes into a coma during her labor, he decides to keep it to have a part of her with him. But he still remains stressed. I think that this story teaches kids that it isn't as easy as some may think to raise a child when you're young. Bobby still had to go to school and try to make money. This is a problem that many teens and young adults struggle with now a days. It's a reality for many, but some can just imagine. I also think that this story would be a good story for anyone who has lost a loved one. It's inspiring to see that Bobby still tries hard to take care of his daughter and to make a life for himself even though he misses Nia. I think that no matter how hurt you are by something, if you have another person in your life to take care of, you should try and put that behind you for the time being. Especially if it's an infant. They have more needs. I think Bobby will be a good parent in the long run. It just takes time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Umm... I read this book at work today, so it's obviously a quick read. I was definitely underwhelmed. It's a Printz award winner, but that must be for the concept because I didn't find the actual story or writing to be very compelling. The novel is told from the point of view of a teen dad, but it's completely superficial and I found no real depth to it. Bobby, the father, is doing the responsible thing by "raising" his infant daughter after his girlfriend goes into a permanent vegetative coma du Umm... I read this book at work today, so it's obviously a quick read. I was definitely underwhelmed. It's a Printz award winner, but that must be for the concept because I didn't find the actual story or writing to be very compelling. The novel is told from the point of view of a teen dad, but it's completely superficial and I found no real depth to it. Bobby, the father, is doing the responsible thing by "raising" his infant daughter after his girlfriend goes into a permanent vegetative coma during labor--but this book lacks insight that I think it would have had if it were told by a female narrator. Essentially, all the reader sees is him hold the baby and change diapers. The story barely touches the surface as to how his life has changed after becoming a father other than to comment several times that he is tired or looks tired. Meh. I DO think that female tweens and teens would like this book, but not so sure that a male reader would be all that interested. Definitely high interested low level. I'd recommend accordingly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shayne Bauer

    A quick, cute read. The reader wonders why Bobby, at age 16, has chosen to raise his newborn daughter on his own. The answer is revealed through a series of happenings that switch from present day to past, and that answer is quite heartwarming. It is perhaps unrealistic, but Bobby is certainly a likable character, and a specific demographic would likely enjoy this book because it is so simplistic. At only 132 pages, it will not intimidate reluctant readers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly A

    It was fine, I guess. I appreciated hearing the same teen pregnancy story we've all heard a dozen times from the perspective of the male, for once. It was fine, I guess. I appreciated hearing the same teen pregnancy story we've all heard a dozen times from the perspective of the male, for once.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Molly Dettmann

    Haunting would be the best way to describe the tone of this book. Even though it’s pretty clear what has happened in the “then” part, it still was a gut punch when it collided with the “now.” Reminded me a little of Orbiting Jupiter (though this came out way before that book and I’d be shocked if Johnson’s work didn’t actually have some influence on Jupiter). First thought after finishing was that shortness of the story left some character development missing for me, but yet on second thought th Haunting would be the best way to describe the tone of this book. Even though it’s pretty clear what has happened in the “then” part, it still was a gut punch when it collided with the “now.” Reminded me a little of Orbiting Jupiter (though this came out way before that book and I’d be shocked if Johnson’s work didn’t actually have some influence on Jupiter). First thought after finishing was that shortness of the story left some character development missing for me, but yet on second thought the brevity worked beautifully for the overall story and I didn’t need another 100 pages of plot.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Urban fiction is not usually my bag, but I was emotionally invested in this the entire time I listened (which was only about 2 hours, as it's a super short story). It's a bit different from the standard teen pregnancy storyline, in that it's told from the father's point of view. Still, absolutely worth reading for anyone who wants a short, emotional narrative (but be warned, the last 10 minutes are brutal, so prepare to pull over on your way to work and cry about it for a while). Urban fiction is not usually my bag, but I was emotionally invested in this the entire time I listened (which was only about 2 hours, as it's a super short story). It's a bit different from the standard teen pregnancy storyline, in that it's told from the father's point of view. Still, absolutely worth reading for anyone who wants a short, emotional narrative (but be warned, the last 10 minutes are brutal, so prepare to pull over on your way to work and cry about it for a while).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mahrya

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 131 pages, urban fiction chapter book, Printz Award and Coretta Scott King Award winner. Description: A teenaged boy named Bobby comes to terms with the fact that he is now a father. His girlfriend and the mother of his child is in a vegetative state, leaving him to raise their daughter alone. Review: The First Part Last offers a glimpse inside the world of a young father, who is hurled into manhood with the birth of Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 131 pages, urban fiction chapter book, Printz Award and Coretta Scott King Award winner. Description: A teenaged boy named Bobby comes to terms with the fact that he is now a father. His girlfriend and the mother of his child is in a vegetative state, leaving him to raise their daughter alone. Review: The First Part Last offers a glimpse inside the world of a young father, who is hurled into manhood with the birth of his daughter, Feather. The book handles the pregnancy, as well as Bobby's relationships with his girlfriend, baby and parents in a way that is both touching and totally unvarnished. The obvious absence of Feather's mother throughout most of the book creates a point of tension that is resolved in the book's heartbreaking, but beautiful conclusion. Older readers will appreciate this book for its honest treatment of teen pregnancy, the complex portrayal of the characters, as well as the unique style of the narrative. The First Part Last is told in a scattered, stream of conscious fashion, moving forward and backward through time and place. Some readers may have difficulty following this fractured chronology. Many more readers, though, will appreciate how closely this style mimics the way that real thoughts unfold. Professional Reviews: School Library Journal, October 2005. This review praises the complex structure of the story and observes that the book would make a good centerpiece for class discussions. I agree that this book could be used as a point of departure for discussing both social issues and literature. Jemtegaard, Kristi Elle. Horn Book Magazine, March/April, 2005. This review also focuses on the complex structure of the narrative and its alternating between "now" and "then." The structure is a main feature of this book because there is such a stark contrast between life for Bobby before and after Feather.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rosey Sams

    The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson, is a story told through the eyes of 16 year old Bobby as he learns how to raise a child when he is not yet and adult himself. On Bobby’s 16th birthday, his girlfriend, Nia, brought him a red balloon and told him she was pregnant. In the nine months or Nia’s pregnancy, she and Bobby stay together and eventually come the agreement that their child will be adopted because at their age they know that neither of them can support a child. It wasn't an easy decis The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson, is a story told through the eyes of 16 year old Bobby as he learns how to raise a child when he is not yet and adult himself. On Bobby’s 16th birthday, his girlfriend, Nia, brought him a red balloon and told him she was pregnant. In the nine months or Nia’s pregnancy, she and Bobby stay together and eventually come the agreement that their child will be adopted because at their age they know that neither of them can support a child. It wasn't an easy decision for either of them but they felt it was the best option. When the baby was born something went wrong while Nia was giving birth and she ended up in a persistent vegetative state meaning she was unconscious and wouldn't wake up. This meant Bobby was on his own with his new daughter. He named her Feather. With Nia not there to help him sign the adoption paperwork, Bobby couldn't do it and decided to keep his daughter because she was the only piece of Feather he had left. You don’t find all of this out until the end of the book though because it is told in chapters of “now” and “then” so it goes back and forth between what’s happening currently and everything that happened leading up to the day of Feather’s birth. In the “now” part of the book, you learn about the struggles Bobby is going through to take care of feather and go to school and do things he needs to do for himself. I like that is does the back and forth because it isn't how books are normally written so the difference is cool. The chapters and book as a whole are really short and easy to read but in that short amount of writing there is a really good story and it’s definitely worth a read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karrie

    Teen pregnancy is a fairly common theme in young adult literature, dating back in my memory to Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones. Traditionally the stories are from the point of view of the mother; The First Part Last provides a different perspective in the voice of the expectant father. So often society is focused on how an unwanted pregnancy impacts the mother's life and forgets that an unwanted pregnancy affects the father's life more than placing blame on him. There are young men out there who are o Teen pregnancy is a fairly common theme in young adult literature, dating back in my memory to Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones. Traditionally the stories are from the point of view of the mother; The First Part Last provides a different perspective in the voice of the expectant father. So often society is focused on how an unwanted pregnancy impacts the mother's life and forgets that an unwanted pregnancy affects the father's life more than placing blame on him. There are young men out there who are opposed to abortion, who would step up and take responsibility for their baby. This is a tender, sweet story about a young man named Bobby who does just that -- takes on the responsibility of raising his illegitimate daughter when his ex-girlfriend, Nia, wants to give her up for adoption. This is a story of accepting responsibility, caring for family, doing the right thing, and facing difficulties head on. Bobby is very believable as a sixteen-year-old struggling with his position in the world, and now having to rethink where his life is headed. It is heart-warming to see this young man become a man while he is tenderly caring for his daughter. I cried buckets when I read this book, and was impressed at how gracefully Johnson handled this issue. This book would provide a good book discussion amongst teens. The teens I know who read it wanted to talk about it, so it seems like a natural launching pad to remind boys and girls that no matter how careful they are, accidents happen and there are alternatives to seek out.

  18. 4 out of 5

    a

    The First Part Last was a pretty short and simple book about a teenage boy trying to raise his newborn daughter. It had quite a bit of self-reflection and purple prose, but it was still mildly interesting. The story alternates between the past, when the main character Bobby finds out that his girlfriend Nia is pregnant; and the present, where Bobby is attempting to raise Feather, his daughter, with some help from his family. I noticed a couple of punctuation/grammatical errors through the book, The First Part Last was a pretty short and simple book about a teenage boy trying to raise his newborn daughter. It had quite a bit of self-reflection and purple prose, but it was still mildly interesting. The story alternates between the past, when the main character Bobby finds out that his girlfriend Nia is pregnant; and the present, where Bobby is attempting to raise Feather, his daughter, with some help from his family. I noticed a couple of punctuation/grammatical errors through the book, but they didn't really impede my ability to understand what was going on. Though, they were a little distracting. Honestly, most of the book was Bobby thinking about how tired he was, and wishing people would let him be some, and learning how to be a better parent-- there's really nothing more to it. Unfortunately, I couldn't really connect to the characters, but it was interesting reading about the usual teen pregnancy story from the father's perspective. I'm not sure I would have remotely enjoyed this book if I hadn't been so tired and utterly bored when I read it, but it was okay. Not great, but not bad, either. This review (and others) can be found on my blog.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Stauter

    This book is NOT about how having a baby before graduating high school can ruin your life. For many kids living in this country today, however, having a baby that early can be a severe detriment to accomplishing one's goals and I certainly want my own kids to be married and have stable jobs before they even think of having kids. That being said, I think our society does liken early parenthood to a kiss of death so to speak and children are told horror stories of irresponsible teens that couldn't This book is NOT about how having a baby before graduating high school can ruin your life. For many kids living in this country today, however, having a baby that early can be a severe detriment to accomplishing one's goals and I certainly want my own kids to be married and have stable jobs before they even think of having kids. That being said, I think our society does liken early parenthood to a kiss of death so to speak and children are told horror stories of irresponsible teens that couldn't control their carnal urges in some attempt to stop them altogether from having sex. Johnson doesn't completely break from this paradigm (Feather's crying does keep Bobby up many nights which in turn affects his mood and schoolwork), but she does offer us an alternative to the life-ending view of early parenthood. She focuses on some truly beautiful moments of parent-child bonding and the benefits of a supportive family in unexpected child-rearing, and she pulls it off in a brief and engaging narrative. Again I'm not promoting high school kids getting pregnant, but at the same time there is something that bothers me about society's complete condemnation of birthing children at an early age.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This book is about a boy named Bobby who is a teenager that is going to be a father.He has to make a very tough decision whether he wants to keep his baby or give her up for adoption.He really cares for the mother of his baby and in the book he says "shouldn't I go with you the first time",hes talking about going to a doctors appointment with his girlfriend and it surprises her.He also says "my bones ache tired,but I'm still wide awake",hes talking about being so tired but he still gets up and t This book is about a boy named Bobby who is a teenager that is going to be a father.He has to make a very tough decision whether he wants to keep his baby or give her up for adoption.He really cares for the mother of his baby and in the book he says "shouldn't I go with you the first time",hes talking about going to a doctors appointment with his girlfriend and it surprises her.He also says "my bones ache tired,but I'm still wide awake",hes talking about being so tired but he still gets up and takes responsibility for his child who needs him.This book really makes me think different about fathers who are teenagers, you always think of the mother who has most the the responsibility's for the baby, but in this book it is really touching to know there are fathers that will take on full responsibility and be there for their child.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megha Rana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a teenage boy, Bobby. Him, and his girlfriend, Nia realize they are going to become parents and become "adults" with such responsibilities that come with it. Bobby and Nia both face a difficult situation of giving it up for adoption. With much thinking, they decide to keep it. Nia goes into a coma after giving birth, leaving Bobby to care for the baby all alone. His parents help out occasionally, only because they want to teach Bobby responsibility. He faces so many challenges This book is about a teenage boy, Bobby. Him, and his girlfriend, Nia realize they are going to become parents and become "adults" with such responsibilities that come with it. Bobby and Nia both face a difficult situation of giving it up for adoption. With much thinking, they decide to keep it. Nia goes into a coma after giving birth, leaving Bobby to care for the baby all alone. His parents help out occasionally, only because they want to teach Bobby responsibility. He faces so many challenges and responsibilities that help become a better father everyday. This book was a good pick. I was stuck to the book & couldn't put it down. I encourage people to read this.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nia Forrester

    Amazing, lyrical, quiet writing, that conveyed so much emotion in so few words. Highly recommended. A short, impactful read. The kind of writing that I most enjoy, and would love to read more of. Thank goodness this writer has lots of other work out there. I especially enjoyed that Bobby, the main character defied just about every stereotype of young, Black fathers. Reading about him both hurt and healed my heart.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Garcia

    The First Part Last by Angela Johnson is a heart-touching novel. It provides real life events that could happen to anyone. This novel is about Bobby, a teenager that thinks he has his life planned out until a significant event in his life takes place. His life changes completely when his girlfriend, Nia, gets pregnant. Giving the news to both his and Nia’s parents is not easy, but they find themselves forced to confront the consequences. The climax of the story is intriguing. An example of the The First Part Last by Angela Johnson is a heart-touching novel. It provides real life events that could happen to anyone. This novel is about Bobby, a teenager that thinks he has his life planned out until a significant event in his life takes place. His life changes completely when his girlfriend, Nia, gets pregnant. Giving the news to both his and Nia’s parents is not easy, but they find themselves forced to confront the consequences. The climax of the story is intriguing. An example of the intriguing climax is when Nia and Bobby have to make an adult decision about whether or not they should keep the baby. Personally, I enjoyed this novel because every chapter was important. In order to understand the story, the reader must be engaged in the book. This novel can be relatable to some teenagers because unexpected pregnancies are constantly happening. I would recommend this novel to people because it opens the reader’s eyes to what being a single father is like. It allows the reader to understand that the decisions you make in your life will affect your future. The First Part Last is undoubtedly one of the best novels I have read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Denise McQuillen

    I absolutely LOVED this book from the story line to the style in which it was written by alternating chapters between "Now" and "Then." This is a quick read, as it is not a long book to begin with, but also because you won't be able to put it down. I have found new perspective and respect through Johnson's story of a young teen dad raising a baby while going to school. A heartfelt read!!! I highly recommend it for older teens and even adults! I absolutely LOVED this book from the story line to the style in which it was written by alternating chapters between "Now" and "Then." This is a quick read, as it is not a long book to begin with, but also because you won't be able to put it down. I have found new perspective and respect through Johnson's story of a young teen dad raising a baby while going to school. A heartfelt read!!! I highly recommend it for older teens and even adults!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    WIP research. Short but poignant.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hannah T

    This book was ok. It told a very good message and how one decision can change your whole life. This book was very suspenseful in the end and from it being written in then and now format, it really had me with questions while reading. Even with lots of questions it let me interested.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I was trying to get my reading goal to not be so damn behind, considering I have been in the biggest reading slump all year, and I was SO MANY BOOKS behind up until I got the job at the library. And I'm still behind lol. But I went through my sister's library at her house, and I remember her always loving this. She totally would read it with her students too! The main character in this book is named Bobby, and at the beginning of the book, he is taking care of a baby named Feather. If you keep re I was trying to get my reading goal to not be so damn behind, considering I have been in the biggest reading slump all year, and I was SO MANY BOOKS behind up until I got the job at the library. And I'm still behind lol. But I went through my sister's library at her house, and I remember her always loving this. She totally would read it with her students too! The main character in this book is named Bobby, and at the beginning of the book, he is taking care of a baby named Feather. If you keep reading, you find out about how he came to have Feather in his care, how she got the name Feather, where her mother is, etc. This book is very warming to the heart because Bobby is so good with Feather. I like how the book was written from the perspective of a male with a baby, just because all the other books I've read and movies I've seen with teen pregnancies have been usually very female based. I think this book did a good job of showing how good Bobby treated Feather, and how it wasn't ALL bad, but also how there were so many struggles involved with having a baby at that age and also trying to be a "normal" teenager. This book was definitely very good and well written. It's super short, and the chapters are very short which always helps me fly through a book. I had no clue it was part of a series until I added it on here, so I'm interested in know if the characters play a role in the other books in the Heaven series, or if they're technically all standalones just in the same city of Heaven. I will forever remember the ending of this book because it is definitely one that sticks with you and makes you see the whole book that you just read totally differently.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Bonzani

    I managed to read this book in under 3 hours, again another recommendation from a student. It was super engaging due to the format of switching between present and flashbacks. The book was touching and sweet, however, the ending was unexpected and emotional. Definitely a good read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bidesh Das

    The First part last. The book is about a kid that has a bad child hood and grows up to be a father. I did not like the book I felt like I was falling asleep when i was reading and i would not say that i am not going to rec emend the book. its just that i don't like reading so its hard to get motivated. The First part last. The book is about a kid that has a bad child hood and grows up to be a father. I did not like the book I felt like I was falling asleep when i was reading and i would not say that i am not going to rec emend the book. its just that i don't like reading so its hard to get motivated.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Gutosky

    This book is about a teenage boy named Bobby. Bobby and his girlfriend find out they are going to have a baby. Through the story we get to experience some of the hardships and decisions that teen parents have to go through. Bobby thought he had his life figured out, but everything changed when he became a single father. Bobby goes through the trials and tribulations of being a teenage father and learns the sacrifices that come with it. This book is told through the experiences of then vs now. In This book is about a teenage boy named Bobby. Bobby and his girlfriend find out they are going to have a baby. Through the story we get to experience some of the hardships and decisions that teen parents have to go through. Bobby thought he had his life figured out, but everything changed when he became a single father. Bobby goes through the trials and tribulations of being a teenage father and learns the sacrifices that come with it. This book is told through the experiences of then vs now. In a classroom this book could be used to teach students how to write from different times in the same story. The author does a great job at writing about the past and the now. This could also be used to teach character analysis. This would be a great book to give to teenagers who are experiencing teen pregnancy or teen parenting.

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