Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book 3 of '10 The First Part Last by Angela Johnson


I had heard a lot about Angela Johnson and when I saw this audiobook at the library I had to pick it up!

Dust Jacket Description:

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.

Characters: This book was so short, and yet I fell in love with the characters. Bobby was a boy who loved his daughter but didn't know what to do. From the beginning, it's difficult to not love Bobby, since as the reader I knew that he could've backed off and left Nia at any time. Nia seemed helpless, and together their relationship was sweet and tender. Other characters were briefly mentioned, but mentioned enough that I began to understand them. 5 flowers.

Writing: So profound, gorgeous and beautiful. I felt like I was devouring chocolate while listening to it. I understand why this book got so many awards. The flashbacks were done perfectly, although one thing was immediately obvious. I never thought a book could inspire so much emotion in only a hundred and sixty pages. 5 flowers.

Plot: Bobby and Nia keeping his daughter or giving her for adoption was always the main question of this novel. Although I wondered why abortion was never even mentioned. For a teenage couple that didn't seem particularly conservative or religous, I'm sure it would be on their minds. Although giving or keeping their baby was the biggest question, it seemed pretty obvious what choice was already made. 3 and a half flowers.

Originality: I'm sure there are many YA books in the perspective of a teenage father, but I haven't read any. This was delightful. 4 and a half flowers.

Ending: Absolutely perfect for this novel, and one of the best last lines I've ever read. 5 flowers.

Dust Jacket Description: Sums everything up. Nothing particularly amazing about it, but it does its job. 4 and a half flowers.

Cover: Usually I hate covers with people on them, but I love the truth in this photograph. 4 flowers.

Overall: 4 and a half flowers.

Emma Out!


  1. I used to see this book all the time in my high school library. Now I'm kind of regretting not picking it up xD. The book sounds amazing.

    And thanks for the comment on my review. It was really nice :)

  2. Pirate: No problem, and thanks for stopping by!

    Juju: It's really excellent.