Sunday, February 8, 2009

The First Part Last

Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003.
[Book cover credit:]

Printz Award (2004)
Coretta Scott King Award (2004)
ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2004)
South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee (2005-2006)

Bobby thinks that everything in his life has changed when his girlfriend tells him that she is pregnant. Things really change when his daughter is born as he learns how to be a single father while still being sixteen.

Then Bobby took the subway to Chelsea to hang out at Nia's apartment. Now he makes two subway changes each way to get from his apartment to Feather's babysitter's. Then Bobby lived with his mom who was always away on assignment. Now Bobby lives with his dad because he can't be trusted alone. Then Bobby was the baby in the family. Now Bobby has a baby of his own. To get from then to now, Bobby has to learn The First Part Last.

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