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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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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...more
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...more
Sep 15, 2008 Taquisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Oct 29, 2008 Shaunda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone; teens, adolescents; adults
Recommended to Shaunda by: Lawton
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...more
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...more

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...more
Nov 19, 2008 Mahrya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 12-15
Shelves: juvenilia
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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
Megha Rana
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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
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
Kayla Greenwell
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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...more
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
Linda Lipko
Found in both the YA and adult sections of the library, this book won both the 2004 Coretta Scott King award and the Michael Printz award.

Told from the perspective of 16 year old Bobby, we learn his fears of becoming a young father. Moving back and forth from then to now, this format works effectively in showing how young Bobby becomes "a man" all to suddenly.

There is a tremendous amount of beauty in this story. As the reader understands Bobby's love for his baby and the way in which he accepts...more
Ms. Johnson wrote this book in response to reader interest about Bobby from the first book, "Heaven". Her publisher told her to write it, and she agreed.

In "Heaven" the reader is introduced to Bobby, but there are huge gaps in knowledge about him. This book tells the story of Bobby before he moved to Heaven, OH.

A regular teenage boy with a girlfriend that he adored, Bobby was shocked to find out she was pregnant. Struggling with his place in the decision-making process about abortion or adoptio...more
Shannon Miranda
Contemporary Realistic Fiction Genre
This is the story of Bobby, a 16 year old single father. The book goes back and forth (present and past) telling the story of raising his daughter, Feather and of the baby’s mother, Nia. It tells of the struggles that Bobby goes through trying to go to school and take care of a baby.
This is a short story that packs a lot of power. It deals with the seriousness of a teenager being a parent and the crippling responsibility that comes with it. It...more
Angela Johnson does a great job with The First Part Last, I truly felt like I was listening to a 16 year's thoughts and I loved how not everything in the novel was a stereotype of African-American life and that made it feel more realistic. It follows the journey of 16 year old Bobby who finds out his girlfriend is pregnant and the consequences that follow their decisions. It is very fast-paced and easy read, making it accessible to a larger number of teens. It is a little disjointed as the chapt...more
Breanne Richards
This book tells the story of Bobby, the teenage father of Feather. It goes back and forth between "then" and "now" and describes his experiences with Feather now and his experiences through the pregnancy with his girlfriend Nia.

As much as I love the idea of telling the story of a teenage pregnancy from the father's point of view, I wasn't a big fan of the book. It was okay, and I approve of the ending, but I didn't like the style as much. I do like the way it went back and forth between then and...more
Joyce Baker
Joyce Baker
Award Winner

Angela Johnson takes a different spin on teenage pregnancies. Instead of portraying a teenage girl, Johnson writes about a 16 year old boy named Bobby. The story is told in first person and the reader has an imitate view of Bobby’s life. The book is divided into chapters labeled “then” and “now”. Bobby is the sole caregiver of his baby girl named Feather. He has to balance school, his best buds, and parenthood. Towards the end of the book, the reader learns the reason why...more
Perfect, thought-provoking, and though spare never leaving a single stone unturned. Anyone who enjoys quality YA literature ought to read this book. Angela Johnson writes with such the tender hand of Sara Zarr but the authenticity of Andrew Smith and the importance of A.S. King. Her words are a gift and a balm. I love it!
Roger DeBlanck
First Part Last received the 2004 Printz Award for best YA fiction. In this short novel, Johnson explores the male perspective on teen pregnancy, but the book seems very predictable. Johnson captures Bobby's desire and will to change well enough, yet the book does not elevate the subject matter beyond the simple glimpses of the "then" and "now" alternations in the story. The book remains on the surface level throughout. A more recent Printz Award winner like Meg Rosoff’s How I Live Now delivers...more
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