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2004 – The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson

April 7, 2009

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 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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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2009 11:29 am

    Really beautifully done! My review.

  2. July 12, 2010 11:19 pm

    Sadly, this one didn’t resonate with me: http://thebluestockings.com/2010/06/the-first-part-last/.

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