The First Part Last (Heaven, #2)by Angela Johnson Published 01 Jan 2005
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Bobby's a classic urban teenager. He's restless. He's impulsive. But the thing that makes him different is this: He's going to be a father. His girlfriend, Nia, is pregnant, and their lives are about to change forever. Instead of spending time with friends, they'll be spending time with doctors, and next, diapers. They have options: keeping the baby, adoption. They want to do the right thing.
If only it was clear what the right thing was.
"The First Part Last (Heaven, #2)" Reviews
Winner of the Printz Award and the Coretta Scott King Award, I was ready to like Angela Johnson's "The First Part Last." And then the brief first chapter concludes with this street prose-poetry:
"Things have to change.
I've been thinking about it. Everything. And when Feather opens her eyes and looks up at me,
I already know there's change. But I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life
backward and do the first part last. They'd be all knowing in the beginning and innocent in the
Then everybody could end their life on their momma or daddy's stomach in a warm room, waiting for the soft morning light."
I was so ready for what appeared to be a novel that was doing to deliver something important.
Unfortunately, for my taste, the end of the first chapter was the height of my curiosity and interest--which is a shame because this is an important story to tell and there are young people who will enjoy reading it. But I'm not them--they can write the glowing-this-changed-my-life-review.
Did I mention I am just disappointed? I feel so set-up...
For example, the narrator and protagonist, Bobby, does a little graffiti on a blank wall. Actually, he spends the day at a psychological crossroads. He is spray-painting his life, his fears, his dreams--he is creating this symphony of a young man in pain on a wall. And then is arrested. The fuzz always so inconveniently intruding on great art...the problem for me as a reader is that I never saw him as an artist prior to that moment or even later.
I don't necessarily mean that I needed to see him spray paint his way through the novella...but I was hoping to learn more about him, to come to care for him, in the way he saw people, or the pavement, or the pigeons.
All I feel that I learned about him is that he is tired teenager. He is tired from having to wake up to take care of his baby.
And he has a nice father and generally supportive extended family including his friends.
The pieces are here. They really are. But it just doesn't fit together for me.
Being the first Printz Award winner or Honor Book I didn't really care for, it feels like an outline of something that will become an emotional journey written in street prose-poetry that went to print long before all of the emotion or most the poetry made its way in there.
I picked up this book because one of my students had talked about wanting to read it. It was also on many of the literature award posters I have in my classroom, so I knew that it came highly rated. The book comes from the perspective of a teen father raising his newborn daughter on his own. The plot is delievered in flashbacks, which are labled as "then" and "now", and this style really drives the intensity of the situation and the decisions that help shape whether or not Bobby and his girlfriend are going to keep their baby. I think this book is an important read because it takes on an angle that isn't seen in most teen books. The inner anguish that Bobby deals with, and the language Johnson uses to describe this with really makes this book worthy of the attention it has received.
The First Part last was a very touching book that I never imagined ever reading. Seeing the perspective of a young boy becoming a father dealing with horrific and traumatic issues I never thought a young father would experienced touched my heart. As I started reading the book I could not keep up with the way the book was laid out like going from now to then, back and fourth. I got confused in some parts of the book but I was able to see the connection of why they put it like that way in the book. I was a little sad that the mother Nia only spoke once in the book, I was hoping to see from her perspective but I guess the reason behind her not being so involved in the story was due to the issues that happened in the end. Seeing the side of the male figure in a young pregnancy and young parenthood was a nice new fresh way of seeing something different. I always see the side of girls getting pregnant at a young age and dealing with the consequences later. But seeing the father and looking at the experiences and challenges he went through was something I did not expect to see or even tell through him. Throughout the book when he would mention nia loved this or nia always did that, I questioned myself and took notes on why kept reminiscing on what his girlfriend did or loved. It felt like it was foreshadowing to her passing away but in the end to him it was like her dying or losing her for good. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever had a friend or family member deal with young pregnancy and parenthood. I was moved emotionally and mentally from this book by giving me a new perspective to look at.
The First Part Last is a very inspiring and thoughtful story. It's about a teenage boy named Bobby who gets a girl named Nia pregnant. He struggles between giving his baby up for adoption or keeping it. When Nia goes into a coma during her labor, he decides to keep it to have a part of her with him. But he still remains stressed.
I think that this story teaches kids that it isn't as easy as some may think to raise a child when you're young. Bobby still had to go to school and try to make money. This is a problem that many teens and young adults struggle with now a days. It's a reality for many, but some can just imagine.
I also think that this story would be a good story for anyone who has lost a loved one. It's inspiring to see that Bobby still tries hard to take care of his daughter and to make a life for himself even though he misses Nia. I think that no matter how hurt you are by something, if you have another person in your life to take care of, you should try and put that behind you for the time being. Especially if it's an infant. They have more needs. I think Bobby will be a good parent in the long run. It just takes time.
I read this book at work today, so it's obviously a quick read. I was definitely underwhelmed. It's a Printz award winner, but that must be for the concept because I didn't find the actual story or writing to be very compelling.
The novel is told from the point of view of a teen dad, but it's completely superficial and I found no real depth to it. Bobby, the father, is doing the responsible thing by "raising" his infant daughter after his girlfriend goes into a permanent vegetative coma during labor--but this book lacks insight that I think it would have had if it were told by a female narrator. Essentially, all the reader sees is him hold the baby and change diapers. The story barely touches the surface as to how his life has changed after becoming a father other than to comment several times that he is tired or looks tired.
I DO think that female tweens and teens would like this book, but not so sure that a male reader would be all that interested. Definitely high interested low level. I'd recommend accordingly.
A quick, cute read. The reader wonders why Bobby, at age 16, has chosen to raise his newborn daughter on his own. The answer is revealed through a series of happenings that switch from present day to past, and that answer is quite heartwarming. It is perhaps unrealistic, but Bobby is certainly a likable character, and a specific demographic would likely enjoy this book because it is so simplistic. At only 132 pages, it will not intimidate reluctant readers.