Parents' Guide to

The First Part Last

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A realistic look at being a teen parent.

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

i luv it cause it bring ppl 2 think about what they doing in how they can be affect it. I luv Bobby cause he step up to his manly duties n took his responsiblity like a man. IS THEIR A PART TWO FOR THIS BOOK CAUSE I LUV TO READ IT. THAKS FOR WRITING THIS BOOK THANKS
age 13+

I read this book and many others like it in middle school. Its realistic drama, and a great read for tweens who like T.V Shows like Degrassi!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (14 ):

Angela Johnson deftly manages a delicate balancing act in this book. She doesn't gloss over the difficulties of teen parenting, but she also highlights the joy and love that are just as much a part of raising a baby as diapers and lack of sleep.

Bobby, the only fleshed-out character in the story, is an unusually sweet teen, fully open to the emotions of fatherhood, and willing to do whatever it takes to do the right thing. His family -- divorced parents and older brother -- are all kind and understanding, though unwilling to remove any of the burden from his shoulders. This may make the whole situation seem a bit unreal, but it does focus the reader's attention on the problems that come with the territory, rather than any trumped up by the author for the sake of conflict. It's a simple, gentle way of dealing with a complicated, difficult issue.

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