Sunday, May 21, 2006

Johnson, Angela. The first part last

Johnson, Angela. The first part last. Thorndike, 2003 [0-7862-6510-8]
On Bobby's sixteenth birthday he hears from his girlfriend that she is pregnant. They are both urban African American teenagers and know this will change their live. What is unique about this particular unwed teen pregnancy story is that it is told entirely from the boy's perspective. The particular 147 edition I read was a large print edition. This would be a good high interest story but be aware there is some harsh language (although I did not feel it was more than needed for the environment.) And one could not have a pregnancy story without some discussion of sex - but once again, not overdone. The thing which might confuse some readers is the alternating chapters of "then" and "now." The background of the story is told alternating with the current running story. I won't say more than... be prepared for a dramatic ending.


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