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 wonderful, short, easily-accessible book that I use in my 11th and 12th grade basic skills English class. It covers a variety of topics including responsibility, growing up too soon, choices, and relationships (boyfriend-girlfriend, parent-young adult, father-daughter, friends). Enjoy.
A great story depicting one young man's struggle to be a teenage father while still finding his way through life.
It's short with an easy to read style. It has a great topic and a great theme for teens, but may be too easy for advanced readers.
It's a great novel to give to struggling readers. Even my students who HATE reading loved this book!