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The First Part Last (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)
The First Part Last - Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner Author:Angela Johnson This little thing with the perfect face and hands doing nothing but counting on me. And me wanting nothing else but to run crying into my own mom's room and have her do the whole thing.It's not going to happen....Bobby is your classic urban teenaged boy -- impulsive, eager, restless. On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his gi... more »rlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever. She's pregnant. Bobby's going to be a father. Suddenly things like school and house parties and hanging with friends no longer seem important as they're replaced by visits to Nia's obstetrician and a social worker who says that the only way for Nia and Bobby to lead a normal life is to put their baby up for adoption.With powerful language and keen insight, Johnson looks at the male side of teen pregnancy as she delves into one young man's struggle to figure out what "the right thing" is and then to do it. No matter what the cost.« less
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Rarely do we see teen pregnancy from the father's perspective. Narrator Khalipa Oldjohn gives realistic insight into the consequences of unexpected parenthood on one teenaged father. Alternating between "then," when Nia told him on his sixteenth birthday that he was going to be a father, and "now," as he struggles to raise his daughter alone, we witness Bobby coming to grips with responsibility as he struggles to do the right thing. The back-and-forth between past and present requires close attention to the narration to understand why Bobby gave up the adoption option in favor of fatherhood.
Bobby is a teenage father who grew up to fast. This book is a realist view on how becoming a father changed his life. His love for his daughter and his commitment to wade through life's challenges make him a likeable character. True to the title this book is sequentially out of order. Making the dramatic climax that more anticipated. i liked the books thin easy to read feel, not because I'm intimidated by larger books because I feel the book reflects its audience. Its deep and profound but simplistic and easy to handle all at once.
A book written simply, from a rare perspective. A powerful message that transcends cultural and social boundaries. If this isn't already, it should be required reading for middle and high school students.
This is a moving story of Bobby, a teenage boy and the changes that his life takes once he learns his girlfriend Nia is pregnant. The book explores the complications of teenage pregnancy and the decisions the couple, and ultimately Bobby must make that will affect the rest of their lives.
The First Part Last is the 2004 winner of the Michael L Printz and Coretta Scott King book awards. What makes this book special is that it is told in the first person format from the male point of view. The story also alternates between the present and past allowing us to understand the connections that shape Bobbys decisions. The story is grounded in reality from the consequences of not using contraception, weighing the option of adoption, adolescent bad decisions, single parenting, school, and making the best decisions for his and his daughters future. The emotion and descriptions of the scenes between Bobby and his daughter Feather were moving. The one area I thought was missing from the story was the interaction of Bobby and Nia with their parents. These are teenagers and I would have expected more pressure from the adults involved to push the course that they thought was best.