First Part Last by Angela Johnson.
Johnson, Angela. First Part Last. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003.
Bobby is so tired all the time. Balancing school and work and raising his baby girl, Feather, is exhausting. His mom won’t step in and raise Feather for him. He lives at home, but he’s on his own. When his girlfriend, Nia, got pregnant at first he was paralyzed by fear. He’s just a kid, how can he possibly be someone’s parent? He an Nia give in to pressures from their parents and agree that they should give the baby up for adoption after it is born.
A rare and lyrical story about teenage parents told from the father’s perspective. Bobby and Nia accidentally become pregnant when Bobby is sixteen years old. The story is told in sections called “Now” and “Then” where Bobby goes back and forward in time, giving the reader glimpses of his life before and after. It’s a grim look at the realities of being a teenaged father, with a happy ending. The message is somewhat mixed in the story. There’s no question that life is extremely hard for Bobby, but things seem to work out all right in the end. It’s not a fairy tale ending by any means, but it is bittersweet. His love for his new daughter is touching and well realized. He reflects that life out to go backwards, we should start as old people and end up as infants. We should do the First Part Last.
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