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The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
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bookshelves: contemporary-realistic, young-adult, male-protag, poc, reviewed
Read on February 27, 2011

3.5 stars. This book is a short and easy read but packs a good punch. I enjoyed the theme of "first part last" that was carried through the book by its format (chapters of "now," the first weeks of Feather's life, interspersed with chapters of "then," Nia's pregnancy), and the conflicting simultaneous desires to be mature and immature. I feel that Bobby was a very sympathetic character, and I was rooting for him in the book. I appreciate the book's take on teen fatherhood, and that it didn't talk down to teens. I also liked the pieces we got of Bobby and Nia's relationship--Johnson didn't fall back on using the typical teenage relationship conflict to prop up her story. They had their issues, but were supportive of one another and obviously cared about one another throughout the pregnancy. Overall, I really liked this book and would definitely recommend it.
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