The First Part Last by Angela Johnson: Life Imitates Art
It's Bobby's 16th birthday and he's painting the town with his friends until he gets some surprising news from his girlfriend Nia: she's pregnant! The two are forced to grow up quickly, replacing parties and hanging out with friends with doctor and social work appointments. Then the worst happens: Nia falls into a coma and Bobby must care for their daugther on his own.
This is a rare look at teen pregnancy from a father's perspective and is reminiscent of real life single father Terell Pough, an 18-year-old who was raising his daughter Diamond on his own. His story was featured in People magazine this past summer and as a result, was showered with emotional and financial support from people all over the country. Tragically, on November 17 Pough was shot and killed in his home town of Philadelphia by two men who are now in police custody. Before he died, Pough was quoted as saying "If something ever happens to me, no one can ever tell her that her dad didn't take care of her." This horrid and senseless death has again sparked generosity among the American people and several funds have been established for little Diamond. Donations can be sent to The Diamond Houston Fund c/o Sovereign Bank 8319 Stanton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19150