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The First Part Last
The First Part Last
Author: Angela Johnson
Bobby is a typical urban New York City teenager--impulsive, eager, restless. For his sixteenth birthday he cuts school with his two best buddies, grabs a couple of slices at his favorite pizza joint, catches a flick at a nearby multiplex, and gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever: He's going to be a father. Sudd...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781400090655
ISBN-10: 1400090652
Publication Date: 8/24/2004
Edition: Unabridged
Reading Level: Young Adult
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  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 6
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.
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Helpful Score: 4
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.
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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.
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A book that shows the boy's part of being a teenage parent
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I agree that it should be required reading for every teen. It shows what it is relly like for teens to have a baby. I enjoyed it and read it a second time which is unusal for me. A great book.
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