The First Part Last

The First Part Last

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Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2003.
ISBN: 9780689849220
Branch Call Number: TF Realist John
Characteristics: 131 p. ; 20 cm.


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DCPL_Teens Jan 10, 2019

Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter. (Printz Award Winner - 2004)

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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!

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?

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.

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.

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 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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Dec 02, 2012

The Last Part First is about a young boy, Bobby, who is 16 and just had a baby Feather with his girlfriend Nia. The book is written in two different types "then" and "now". "Then" Bobby talks about how things were before they had the baby and when they found out Nia was pregnant and the 9 months leading up to the birth of the baby. It describes, through Bobby's point of view, everything that went on between him and Nia and him and his friends and him and his parents. "Now" describes, also from Bobby's point of view" what is going on now in his life since Feather has been born. How hard it is to be a father at 16 raising a baby by yourself and still going to school and trying to have a life outside of being a father. But one question keeps coming up throughout reading the book, where is Nia? Bobby founds out what really being a father is like at such a young age and realizes she should have been more careful.


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Jun 06, 2016

"When I walk out of the office I think I see 'Just Frank' standing at the end of the hall. And then I know I'm being a man, not just some kid who's upset and wants it his way. I'm being a man." pg. 126


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