The First Part Last

The First Part Last

Book - 2003
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eileenlufkin
Mar 02, 2020

On my for later list because Rachelmanija on dreamwidth reviewed it and said, "It's not the events that make this book special, but the beautiful simplicity of the prose, the precise and delicate evocation of emotions, the sweetness of Bobby's relationship with his baby daughter, and the power of Johnson's reconception of parenting as the work that separates boys from men. Not a word is wasted, every character seems real, and there's no preaching at all.

I loved it. It made me cry."

IndyPL_LindsayH Feb 06, 2019

Have you ever felt that you want to escape reality? Bobby is a sixteen year old single parent who sometimes wants to be set free. He loves his daughter so much, but he is struggling to deal with the tough battle of having all the burden of raising a little girl on his shoulders.

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson alternates between Bobby’s life pre-baby and post-baby. As it progresses you understand the sights, sounds, and images that constantly make him think about how his life has changed since he became a father. At the same time he loves his daughter and is determined to take care of her. What will Bobby do? Will he lose himself? Where is the baby’s mother? Intrigued? The First Part Last is different than most teen pregnancy stories because it is told from the father’s point of view and it will definitely make an impression on you!

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SHOTeen
Dec 22, 2018

This is one of those books that have stuck with me as the years have gone by. Focusing on a single teen dad who is forced to grow up before he's ready. He never wanted to be a dad, and even suggested his girlfriend get an abortion, which she is opposed to. The nature of this story is that it is told out of order, which creates a bit of mystery to it. If he never wanted to be a dad in the first place, then how did he end up with this responsibility?

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cfollowstheroad
Jun 02, 2016

In my family the parents are often single moms, naturally I have always wondered; where do the dads go? By reading this book I have been able to experience the story too well known by my family with the tables turned. I wish it was longer and went more in depth. However it gives a good glimpse.

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MRR0664
Dec 02, 2015

Loved this book about a teen father's commitment to his baby daughter.

PimaLib_JusdinaNB Oct 03, 2015

I will start off by saying that I am not one to read either realistic or urban fiction which this book definitely is. So when this was a required reading for my YA Materials Class (yes, library school does rock!) I was slightly tempted to just read a summary of it. However, after finally picking the book up I just kept reading and finished it in one sitting. It's a short book that will definitely leave you feeling emotional. It has won two awards for a reason!

mawls Dec 27, 2013

A story about a high school couple who ends up getting pregnant. The chapters switch between "then" and "now". A compelling unfolding of their story told by the young man's point of view.

nlthoma Oct 03, 2013

This book is short yet very good. A young teenage father, Bobby, has to take responsibility for his newborn baby. He has to grow up quickly.

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Heather4
Dec 02, 2012

This is a great book. A quick and easy read, but it has a lot of depth to it. To watch Bobby go through the past and the present is compelling. He has to grow up way too soon and yet he knows that he should not have to, but he has to lay in the bed that he made. A sad book as well out being a teenage parent, but this does happen more and more in today's society. Bobby does realize his place finally in the world with Feather and does the best that he can in raising her. An amazing book. I recommend this!

Kinds Dec 14, 2011

made me cry on the train...in a good way

nutty7688 Apr 29, 2011

A wonderful book about a young man raising his daughter alone. This should be recommended for all teenagers to read.


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