26 May 2011

The First Part Last

Title: The First Part Last
Author: Angela Johnson
Genre: Fiction-Teen pregnancy/parenting
Grade Level: 9-12
Pages: 132

Bobby is 16 and he loves art, pizza, hanging with his friends, and his girl Nia. But life never really turns out as you expect it to. Nia is pregnant, and Bobby must face fatherhood like the man he doesn't feel old enough to be. The book goes back and forth between past and present. Although the teen parents discuss adoption and struggle through everything, you are aware that Bobby is parenting his little girl, Feather, by himself. At the end you find out why he has to parent her alone, and the story while uplifting is also very sad. Teen pregnancy is always a difficult topic. The book is written just like Bobby is speaking to you, so if major grammatical errors bother you, you probably want to steer away from this book. Definitely written for a young audience. In fact, the reading level is much lower than the grade level I placed above, but due to the subject matter, I placed it higher.

Note: This was a book I had to read for my Young Adult Library Materials course.

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