A girl and her cat take on the world with nothing more than a cup of tea and a good book and enough dreams to fill the universe.
Awhile back I asked our friendly neighborhood librarian to renew ALL of my library books. It turns out that she only renewed two. The four library books that I was scrambling to read this week were not due on March 2nd, but on February 5th. I have graduated from the walk of shame to the call of shame. It’s like the movie, When a Stranger Calls, and the last thing you want to do is pick up the phone. Or Taken. Except for I’ve taken the books and I’m pretty sure I can outrun a couple of Nebraska librarians.
This is what I told the librarians…. On my voicemail.
I have yet to finish The First Part Last. I’ve started it and my kindle informs me that I am 18% finished. I have until tomorrow to meet my deadline for five books in one week and this 82% is the only thing in my way. I cannot believe I’ve made it. Suddenly, rereading Anna Karenina doesn’t seem that daunting of a task.
This doesn’t look near as impressive as my paperback copy.
The First Part Last is not a book about rape. This is a nice change of pace. Teenage pregnancy is less traumatizing (or is it?). The main character has the obsession with never really letting the baby out of his site/hands. I’m not sure I would let my baby out of my sight either if I was a teenage dad. I would be so terrified anything would happen to this new life. There certainly would be none of my slightly sketchy friends holding my baby. Anyway, I will write more this tomorrow after I have finished the book, though I will say right now that I feel the shame in the book of having to tell parents that your girlfriend pregnant is well done. Very real.
When you google “black teenage dad” or “teenage dad” you get horrible pictures of beat up dead beats. No picture here. Just text.
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