Day 10 of the 12 Days of Reading is a day of different. Our book today is The First Part Last by Angela Johnson. It’s available to read until December 31st, but don’t wait until the last minute to give this book a chance!
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. It’s a different type of book, with a different type of perspective, and it is so worth the read! Give it a try!