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The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
The First Part Last

juliasandoval59, April 9, 2014

Set in 1990’s New York, Angela Johnson’s Story The First Part Last is about a young teenager named Bobby whos is trying to do the right thing no matter what the cost. Nia, Bobby’s pregnant girlfriend will make decisions about whether or not to keep the baby neither teen planned for.
before Nia was pregnant, Bobby was just living the life of a careless teen. He’s an artist at heart that shares the images in his mind with the world through graffiti. In one part of the story he describes how he feels while he’s painting, “I’m always the pale white ghost boy beside the brown girl who is always looking away.”
in another part of the story, Nia and Bobby are in the doctor’s office discussing the different options that might be best for their situation. The entire time they were there, Bobby did not speak because he knew that Nia’s parents would never let Nia keep the baby no matter what he said. At this point in the story you are not sure if Bobby will ever have a voice when it comes to his child. will art be his only way of communication?
As a writer, Angela Johnson tries to demonstrate responsibility for what are “just in the moment” acts. As a teenager, this book really put it into perspective that every decision we make has a consequence and we have to be able to deal with it.
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