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The First Part Last (Heaven #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  12,844 Ratings  ·  1,468 Reviews
Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to ...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 2003)
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The First Part Last

This 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
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Kapila
Feb 10, 2010 Kapila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brian Kelley
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
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Jessica Hanley
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 ...more
Taquisa
Sep 15, 2008 Taquisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone ages 13+
Shelves: book-club
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 ...more
Jasmine
Dec 21, 2007 Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 book i ...more
Aiyana Martinez
Apr 09, 2015 Aiyana Martinez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Shaunda
Oct 28, 2008 Shaunda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone; teens, adolescents; adults
Recommended to Shaunda by: Lawton
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Kelly A
Oct 23, 2012 Kelly A rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: printz, 2013
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.
Mahrya
Nov 18, 2008 Mahrya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 12-15
Shelves: juvenilia
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Rosey Sams
Sep 28, 2014 Rosey Sams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 decis ...more
Karrie
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 o ...more
Inigomontoya
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,
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Jeff Stauter
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 ...more
Julie
Nov 13, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12+, high interest low level
Umm...

I 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 du
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Heather
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 ...more
Megha Rana
Jan 24, 2014 Megha Rana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shayne Bauer
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.
Imani
Dec 18, 2014 Imani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Joanna
Jun 27, 2012 Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 birth of his da
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Sashaly
Dec 03, 2008 Sashaly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 for
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711jesse
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 ...more
Katherine Lewis

It's an old story, really. Two crazy, blissed-out, in-love teenagers lose track of reality and responsibility....and 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 baby...and grow up a LOT...all 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? Yo
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Amanda Shepard
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 ...more
Courtney
Nov 03, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The First Part Last is a book about teenage pregnancy told through the perspective of a 16 year old boy. The book uses "then & now", which I enjoyed a lot. I liked how the book gave you a perspective of what Bobby was currently dealing with and what he was dealing with before the baby was born. This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put the book down when I started. The way Bobby words what he says it definitely matches where he is currently living. This book give ...more
Nicole Karoumy♥
From what I've read from the book "The first part last", I've learned that it is a about a teenage guy named Bobby finds out that his girlfriend at the time, Nia, is pregnant. As he is coming to the realization that his life is changing drastically, he starts to have breakdowns and hides them from everyone. Bobby ends up taking care of Feather, his daughter, because Nia dies of labor troubles. The book is about the challenges this young teenage boy takes on in order to give his daughter the life ...more
Kayla Greenwell
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Isabelle Jimenez
Nov 04, 2014 Isabelle Jimenez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story on a teenage pregnancy, but from the fathers point of view rather than the mothers. This is a very different perspective, because most of the time, the father in these stories is a deadbeat dad who is usually not even involved, unless by court order. The young man, Bobby, is an aspiring artist, but is thrown a curveball on his 16th birthday when his girlfriend tells him that she is pregnant. The book jumps back and forth between the actual period of the pregnancy, and him as a fa ...more
Rachel
Aug 23, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Ten pages into the book and the poetry of this book is so good, in particular the line about the main character Bobby holding his eleven-day old baby daughter on his chest and how humans should be "knowing in the beginning and innocent in the end." He then says "Then everyone could end their life on their mama or daddy's stomach in a warm room, waiting for the soft morning's light."

The book is basically about Bobby and Nia, two sixteen year olds who have a child together. The book is interestin
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Erin
Jan 30, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, which told the story of a sixteen-year-old father (Bobby) who is raising his baby (Feather). The narrative structure of this novel kept me flipping pages. Alternating chapters of "then" and "now" meant that I knew how things turned out for Bobby and Feather, but what happened to the mother (Nia) remained a mystery until almost the end.

I also enjoyed the realistic narrative voice. After his best friend has just called him stupid for getting Nia pregnant, Bobby admits, "I don't
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“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 the end...” 37 likes
“Afterward I always kiss her, my baby, and look into her clear eyes that know everything about me, and want me to be her daddy anyway.” 11 likes
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