Bobby is a typical urban New York City teenager–impulsive, eager, restless. For his sixteenth birthday he cuts school with his two best buddies, grabs a couple of slices at his favorite pizza joint, catches a flick at a nearby multiplex, and gets some news from his girlfriend, Nia, that changes his life forever: He's going to be a father. Suddenly things like school and house parties and fun times with friends are replaced by visits to Nia's pediatrician and countless social workers who all say that the only way for Nia and Bobby to lead a normal life is to put their baby up for adoption. Then tragedy strikes Nia, and Bobby finds himself in the role of single, teenage father. Because his child–their child–is all that remains of his lost love. With powerful language and keen insight, Johnson tells the story of a young man's struggle to figure out what the "right thing" is and then to do it. The result is a gripping portrayal of single teenage parenthood from the point of view of a youth on the threshold of becoming a man. .
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A young teenage couple deals with unexpected pregnancy in this warm and lyrical tale.
On his 16th birthday, between the cheesefries and the cake, Bobby’s girlfriend Nia announces she’s pregnant. The inevitable debate begins — should they keep the baby, give it up for adoption or should she have an abortion? While Bobby begins to accept the responsibility, turning away from his Game Boy, college plans and his carefree childless buddies, Nia starts to have doubts, even as her pregnancy advances. Nia’s parents wonder if it would be better to send her away from the stresses of the city until she has the baby but Bobby doesn’t want to let her go. Despite their best efforts, neither Bobby nor Nia can prepare for the ultimate outcome. In spare, lyrical prose, Johnson convincingly acts as a ventriloquist for a sensitive and earnest teenage boy facing an unexpected but life-changing situation. And though Bobby’s is an age-old dilemma, emotionally honest writing gives his story surprising warmth and conviction.