- Title: The First Part Last
- Author: Angela Johnson
- ISBN: 9780689849220
- Page: 256
- Format: Hardcover
This little thing with the perfect face and hands doing nothing but counting on me And me wanting nothing else but to run crying into my own mom s room and have her do the whole thing It s not going to happen Bobby is your classic urban teenaged boy impulsive, eager, restless On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes hisThis little thing with the perfect face and hands doing nothing but counting on me And me wanting nothing else but to run crying into my own mom s room and have her do the whole thing It s not going to happen Bobby is your classic urban teenaged boy impulsive, eager, restless On his sixteenth birthday he gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever She s pregnant Bobby s going to be a father Suddenly things like school and house parties and hanging with friends no longer seem important as they re replaced by visits to Nia s obstetrician and a social worker who says that the only way for Nia and Bobby to lead a normal life is to put their baby up for adoption With powerful language and keen insight, Johnson looks at the male side of teen pregnancy as she delves into one young man s struggle to figure out what the right thing is and then to do it No matter what the cost.
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داستان فوق العاده زیبایی بود راجع به مراحل تبدیل نوجوانی حومه شهری به یک پدر کاملا مسئولیت پذیر در رابطه با بچه ش. پسری که از یه فرد بی مسئولیت تبدیل شد به کسی که نتیجه اعمالش رو قبول کرد و به فردی مسئول تبدیل شد. سیستم روایتش ساده س و بیشتر از دید شخصیت اصلی داستان بیان میشه و اص [...]
The First Part LastThis book is about a boy name Bobby and his girlfriend Nia. Bobby is about to be a father and dosen't know what to do. I would recommend this book to any teen mothers or teen fathers that are struggling through this world. My favorite character is Bobby because he stood up to take care of his daughter but even though he wasn't prepared to be a father, he stayed strong through it all. My leasrt favorite character was nobody because I could basically relate to everybody in the b [...]
There's a bit of Benjamin Button at the very start of this book: "I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last. They'd be all knowing in the beginning and all innocent in the end."I think that's when I had decided that I would like this story. I listened to the book, and I'm sure that this made a big difference as well. There was something very sincere and very true about Khalipa Oldjohn's rendition of the story. He embodied the narrator and [...]
Winner of the Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award, I was ready to like Angela Johnson's "The First Part Last." And then the brief first chapter concludes with this street prose-poetry:"Things have to change.I've been thinking about it. Everything. And when Feather opens her eyes and looks up at me, I already know there's change. But I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last. They'd be all knowing in the beginning and innocent in [...]
I picked up this book because one of my students had talked about wanting to read it. It was also on many of the literature award posters I have in my classroom, so I knew that it came highly rated. The book comes from the perspective of a teen father raising his newborn daughter on his own. The plot is delievered in flashbacks, which are labled as "then" and "now", and this style really drives the intensity of the situation and the decisions that help shape whether or not Bobby and his girlfrie [...]
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson, is a great book about a boy named Bobby. He and his girlfriend Nia are having a baby and they’re only 16 years old. They are confused about what to do with the baby. They don’t know whether to keep the baby or put it up for adoption. In the story bobby is the one keeping Feather, their baby girl. This fiction tale goes back and forth between Bobby’s present and his past. So there sort of telling the story in a different way. The mood or theme of this [...]
I ABSOLUTLEY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! This book is great it took me all of 24 hours to read it, and it kept me hanging of the edge of my seat every time i picked it up to read. Angela johnson did a great job mixing a love story with a problem that two teenagers had to face in their lives,(A BABY)!!!!!! This book has such a great story line because it's something that really happens in everyday life. It teaches you that when you make a mistake most of the time there is going to be consequences. READ [...]
The First Part last was a very touching book that I never imagined ever reading. Seeing the perspective of a young boy becoming a father dealing with horrific and traumatic issues I never thought a young father would experienced touched my heart. As I started reading the book I could not keep up with the way the book was laid out like going from now to then, back and fourth. I got confused in some parts of the book but I was able to see the connection of why they put it like that way in the book [...]
The First Part Last is a very inspiring and thoughtful story. It's about a teenage boy named Bobby who gets a girl named Nia pregnant. He struggles between giving his baby up for adoption or keeping it. When Nia goes into a coma during her labor, he decides to keep it to have a part of her with him. But he still remains stressed.I think that this story teaches kids that it isn't as easy as some may think to raise a child when you're young. Bobby still had to go to school and try to make money. T [...]
UmmI read this book at work today, so it's obviously a quick read. I was definitely underwhelmed. It's a Printz award winner, but that must be for the concept because I didn't find the actual story or writing to be very compelling. The novel is told from the point of view of a teen dad, but it's completely superficial and I found no real depth to it. Bobby, the father, is doing the responsible thing by "raising" his infant daughter after his girlfriend goes into a permanent vegetative coma durin [...]
A quick, cute read. The reader wonders why Bobby, at age 16, has chosen to raise his newborn daughter on his own. The answer is revealed through a series of happenings that switch from present day to past, and that answer is quite heartwarming. It is perhaps unrealistic, but Bobby is certainly a likable character, and a specific demographic would likely enjoy this book because it is so simplistic. At only 132 pages, it will not intimidate reluctant readers.
It was fine, I guess. I appreciated hearing the same teen pregnancy story we've all heard a dozen times from the perspective of the male, for once.
Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 131 pages, urban fiction chapter book, Printz Award and Coretta Scott King Award winner. Description: A teenaged boy named Bobby comes to terms with the fact that he is now a father. His girlfriend and the mother of his child is in a vegetative state, leaving him to raise their daughter alone. Review: The First Part Last offers a glimpse inside the world of a young father, who is hurled into manhood with the birt [...]
The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson, is a story told through the eyes of 16 year old Bobby as he learns how to raise a child when he is not yet and adult himself. On Bobby’s 16th birthday, his girlfriend, Nia, brought him a red balloon and told him she was pregnant. In the nine months or Nia’s pregnancy, she and Bobby stay together and eventually come the agreement that their child will be adopted because at their age they know that neither of them can support a child. It wasn't an easy d [...]
Teen pregnancy is a fairly common theme in young adult literature, dating back in my memory to Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones. Traditionally the stories are from the point of view of the mother; The First Part Last provides a different perspective in the voice of the expectant father. So often society is focused on how an unwanted pregnancy impacts the mother's life and forgets that an unwanted pregnancy affects the father's life more than placing blame on him. There are young men out there who are op [...]
The First Part Last was a pretty short and simple book about a teenage boy trying to raise his newborn daughter. It had quite a bit of self-reflection and purple prose, but it was still mildly interesting. The story alternates between the past, when the main character Bobby finds out that his girlfriend Nia is pregnant; and the present, where Bobby is attempting to raise Feather, his daughter, with some help from his family. I noticed a couple of punctuation/grammatical errors through the book, [...]
This book is NOT about how having a baby before graduating high school can ruin your life. For many kids living in this country today, however, having a baby that early can be a severe detriment to accomplishing one's goals and I certainly want my own kids to be married and have stable jobs before they even think of having kids. That being said, I think our society does liken early parenthood to a kiss of death so to speak and children are told horror stories of irresponsible teens that couldn't [...]
Why do such sleazy books win awards? I mean, come on people, the whole point of reading books is to escape reality. I don't want to read some depressing, adult content-filled book about a kid who made mistakes and now thinks he can live with them. I think that some of the things that happened in this book were a little drastic. I wasn't impressed with the writing style or the way the plot unfolded. And at the end, I was just annoyed that I had wasted my time reading this book. I never felt conne [...]
This book is about a boy named Bobby who is a teenager that is going to be a father.He has to make a very tough decision whether he wants to keep his baby or give her up for adoption.He really cares for the mother of his baby and in the book he says "shouldn't I go with you the first time",hes talking about going to a doctors appointment with his girlfriend and it surprises her.He also says "my bones ache tired,but I'm still wide awake",hes talking about being so tired but he still gets up and t [...]
This book is about a teenage boy, Bobby. Him, and his girlfriend, Nia realize they are going to become parents and become "adults" with such responsibilities that come with it. Bobby and Nia both face a difficult situation of giving it up for adoption. With much thinking, they decide to keep it. Nia goes into a coma after giving birth, leaving Bobby to care for the baby all alone. His parents help out occasionally, only because they want to teach Bobby responsibility. He faces so many challenges [...]
Amazing, lyrical, quiet writing, that conveyed so much emotion in so few words. Highly recommended. A short, impactful read. The kind of writing that I most enjoy, and would love to read more of. Thank goodness this writer has lots of other work out there.I especially enjoyed that Bobby, the main character defied just about every stereotype of young, Black fathers. Reading about him both hurt and healed my heart.
This book was ok. It told a very good message and how one decision can change your whole life. This book was very suspenseful in the end and from it being written in then and now format, it really had me with questions while reading. Even with lots of questions it let me interested.
I managed to read this book in under 3 hours, again another recommendation from a student. It was super engaging due to the format of switching between present and flashbacks. The book was touching and sweet, however, the ending was unexpected and emotional. Definitely a good read!
The First part last. The book is about a kid that has a bad child hood and grows up to be a father. I did not like the book I felt like I was falling asleep when i was reading and i would not say that i am not going to rec emend the book. its just that i don't like reading so its hard to get motivated.
The First Part Last Book Review I read the book, The First Part Last by Angela Johnson. The book was about was about a teenage boy named Bobby who had to make a lot of big decisions that were life changing. Bobby learned the meaning of what is meant to ,follow your heart, duty, having masculinity, love,faith,and family. As quoted Mulan ll “My duty is to my heart.” Bobby heard all the pros and cons of having a child during your teenage years throughout and yet Bobby still decided to take car [...]
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson is a story about a 16 year old boy, Bobby, who gets his girlfriend pregnant and then has to raise their daughter, Feather. From the very beginning, the audience knows that Bobby is basically raising Feather on his own. His parents help him, but Bobby is regularly reminded that they are only Grandma and Grandpa. Bobby is Daddy. The book is set up alternating between “now,” or Bobby’s life as a father, and “then,” Bobby’s life leading up to the bir [...]
The book I’m reviewing is The First Part Last by Angela Johnson. This book is fiction. The main idea of The First Part Last is a young couple having a child but not knowing if they want to keep it.The First Part Last is based on a teenage couple that doesn’t know if they want to keep their baby or put it up for adoption. When Nia goes into coma during labor Bobby one of the main characters decides to stay with his daughter Feather he wanted to be part of her life. This was a hard dissection [...]
This book is just one of the most amazing books that I have ever read. It was very deep and emotional. Some cursing but it was from the school so they must have known. This book just brought out the sadness in me and brought out what I wanted to happen in my life and what I didn't want to happen in my life. Most of the things that happened in the book happened because it was deep and meaningful towards the book. I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to cry while reading [...]
It's an old story, really. Two crazy, blissed-out, in-love teenagers lose track of reality and responsibilityd find themselves suddenly deep in the reality of PREGNANCY. Somehow, the couple is ripped apart from the stress, and one lonely teen is left to raise the babyd grow up a LOTl on their own (and with a little help from their family). Think you know the story backwards and forwards? What if I told you the one left to care for the kid was the teenage BOY? Where's the mom? You'll have to rea [...]
The First Part Last follows the story of Bobby, your typical teenaged boy in an urban city, and doesn't seem to have a care in the world. At least, until he learns on his sixteenth birthday that his girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant. This completely changes his world. Told in "then" and "now" sections, The First Part Last tells Bobby's story from learning that Nia is pregnant to what his life is like with a baby at 16. Suddenly, his life revolves around his daughter, and he finds that he no longer ha [...]
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