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The Pregnancy Project

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Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers; from an outsider’s perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she “lived down” to others' expectations? Would every...more
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Michael
Gaby Rodriguez grabbed headlines with her senior project.

With the knowledge and blessing of her mother, boyfriend and senior project committee, she faked being pregnant in order to better understand the stigma and societal reaction to teen mothers.

The Pregnancy Project is a look back at the project, what Gabby learned about herself, her family, her school and society as a whole and her reaction to her post-reveal fifteen minutes of fame.

Recommended by Unshelved's Friday book recommendations,...more
The Book Bee
The writing seemed very juveline, and this girl is supposed to be 18. The backstory about her family took up a good half, and it dragged on. The actual content about her MONTHS pretending to be pregnant were only a few pages. The same thoughts about her family being disappointed repeated incessantly. I didn't really feel bad for the way she was treated because she brought this upon herself knowing what would happen, and honestly I don't know what point she was trying to make. That pregnant teens...more
Hayley DeRoche
1. The entire first half of this book is backstory that could and should have been seriously edited down. For example, the whole Quinceañera chapter could go. Basically, pages 1-95 : backstory. 96-163 the project (in full). Pages 164-218 her foray into mass media when her project went viral, and how she'll spend her royalty money (but she didn't do this for the money!) (the lady doth protest too much). The royalty money bits really scream immature author and lazy editor.

2. Rodriguez visits Plann...more
Becky
I'm not really sure how to rate this one.

Did it hold my attention/interest? Yes.
Was it a quick read? Yes.
Was the back story a little too long--in other words, does it take half the book to get to the project itself? Yes. Some of the back story was important. But was it half-the-book important? I'm not sure.
Did the writing get a little preachy? Yes. At times. The whole book was about how people shouldn't stereotype other people. And how if people make mistakes, you shouldn't keep banging them...more
Amanda Peterson
Wow! What a book. I think everyone should read this. What a brave girl to do a project so controversial. I think this should be a requirement for all girls to read, and supplementary material for guys to read. Everyone will benefit from reading this book, which is all about breaking through stereotypes and being an empowered person. It was a great read.
Rachel
This is an amazing book! Parents, if your kids are old enough to have received "the talk," I would strongly recommend you pass this book along to them (after reading it yourself, of course!) The maturity and compassion of this young woman is something we all should strive for.

This book was a quick read, full of humor and questions that make you rethink your daily judgments and actions.
Minna
As others have said, a quick read. I think it took me an hour. (of course, even with help from a coauthor, the author IS a high schooler.). It boggles my mind that people can be surprised by each of their successive 8 pregnancies, as Gaby's mom was. Um. What? You're having sex with no protection, so, yeah, shocker, you're pregnant. I just do not and can not understand why simple logic would not kick in at ANY point and some kind of contraceptive be used. So, fine, you're pro-life. Does pro-life...more
Courtney Nuckels
I have been eyeing this book for quite some time now. It's a short hard back and I wan't sure if I wanted to invest $17 when I can read it in one sitting. Well, lo and behold, my library just got it in so I snagged it. I did in fact end up reading this book in one sitting. I think the thing that struck me the most about this book is how easily I can relate to it. Having been a teen mother myself I knew what she was feeling. And even though she wasn't really pregnant, she still experienced the sa...more
Tammy Burns
Gaby Rodriguez is a young Hispanic woman who for her Senior project decided to do something personal to her. After coming from a long line of teen parents (wed and unwed), she wanted to show how teens were stereotyped when they became pregnant (or had a girlfriend that became pregnant). She succeeded in showing how you could be one of the top students in your class, maintain all your grades, but still be criticized and thought of as a failure by becoming pregnant (even though the pregnancy was a...more
Sara
I had heard about this story through various news sources, but I wasn't sure what to expect.

The book was a very quick read, but I can't tell if that was because it was written by a high school student, because it was a page-turner, or because I skipped pages constantly. That third point is, unfortunately, a fact for me with this one. I VERY rarely, if ever, skip around a book, but I found myself bored of reading the same thing over and over (and over), and quite honestly, wanted to get to the ac...more
Riverbkstar
When I first picked this book up, knowing it was a true story didn't really stand out in my mind. However now that I have read this book, knowing it is a true story makes all the difference in the world.

I want to start this review by applauding the author and protagonist, Gaby Rodriquez for her outstanding commitment to and creativity in making such a fantastic change in the world. By faking her own pregnancy in high school, Gaby was able to show the world the importance of breaking through ster...more
Jackie
I know there is a lot of complaining about this, but to start, this book talks about real life. No one uses logic in real life, no matter how smart a person is, until after the fact. I thought that this book shows real life and describes a part of someone's life really well, especially considering where Gaby came from. She was not shy about her family's past or her role in the family.

The project itself was risky and, to be fair, no other person would really want to do that in real life. However,...more
Patricia
This is an wonderful book showing the amazing spirit of one student. She seems older than her years for such a pursuit for her final senior project in school. This book would make a wonderful book club book for high school, therefore, I plan to pursue that at the school I work. I think everyone can learn a lesson of compassion and understanding by reading this, not only teens! Also, I think every teen would benefit from Gaby's wisdom and experience. Perhaps to some it may seem to be a subject th...more
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Marlee Bickmore
Ms. Emmett
Academic English 10
17 March 2013

This book is the true story of a young girl, Gaby Rodriguez, and her senior project. Gaby came from a family with a history of teenage pregnancies. She herself had not been pregnant, but was aware that many people expected her to get pregnant since her mom and sisters all had been teen moms. Gaby was different from her sisters in that she was smart and planned to go to college to start a better lifestyle than the one she had been raised in...more
Jacqueline Nukaya
Gabby Rodrigues was the byproduct of a teen pregnancy. Because of her family history people automatically assumed that she would become a teen mom too. In spite of her high gpa, and ambition, the world automatically though that she was doomed to repeat history. Gaby really wanted to make a difference for her senior project, and so she faked a teen pregnancy. Her mom, sister, boyfriend, best friend, and principle were the only ones who knew that her "pregnancy" was really a social experiment. Thi...more
Sonya Hill
An eye opening book, that is a must read for every age group.

It's a very quick read but the message is one that will last forever. An insightful look at how criticizing those who have had made mistakes, or come from a certain social standing, doesn't help. It should be common knowledge that telling someone they will never amount to anything or that they ruined their lives would be damaging to that person. However it is not; which is why this book is necessary.

Gaby and Jenna do a good job with...more
Carolyn
This was really excellent, and the subject was such a great one. How do we keep girls from becoming another "pregnant teen" statistic, and how do we help them if they are? I like Gaby's bravery in doing this project despite the disapproval of her family and schoolmates and think it's great that this was able to speak to so many different women as evidenced by the letters and feedback she talked about towards the end of the book. I wish Gaby the best of luck!!

Brandy
Gaby's mom first got pregnant at 14, and Gaby's seven older siblings all had children before they could legally drink. So nobody is terribly surprised when Gaby announces that she's pregnant. Disappointed, sure--she was supposed to have learned from all their mistakes--but not surprised. But what Gaby hasn't told them is that she's not really pregnant: it's all part of a social experiment for her senior project, viewing the effects of stereotypes and how people react to an unplanned pregnancy--a...more
Aubri
The way Gaby Rodriguez's tells the story of her family, and struggles to make sense of what that means about her own identity was fascinating to read. Her mother first became pregnant at the age of 14. Gabby's brothers and sisters were almost all teen parents, and as a result Gabby, at the age of nine, was often left to feed and change a baby when her sister was out and her mother was working. Knowing her story, Gabby's choice to fake a pregnancy as her senior project took on a whole new light....more
Stephanie
I don't usually read memoirs - this one was probably my first - but the premise of this one intrigued me. After hearing about Gaby's story on the news a little while back, I wondered why in the world someone would ever want to do what she did. After reading her account of her life and her reasoning for the project, I gotta say, I admire her. The girl had GUTS to do what she did, and she really did show people that expecting the worst from people is not any way to go about.

A great read. Definitel...more
Jenn
Wow, this book was much better than I was expecting! I just grabbed it off the shelf without having heard of it before. It is quite well-written (especially for being written by a teenager!) and flows nicely. It's a super-quick read. I'm very impressed with this normal, down-to-earth girl and her desire to think big and influence others.

Brings up great food for thought about stereotypes and self-fulfilling prophecies. I loved her wisdom about how we should treat pregnant teens. They've already...more
Nicole
I think that this is a very important book for young women to read. Although the writing isn't stellar, she gets her point across, and you can hear her voice in that writing.

Read more at: http://fireflyreadit.blogspot.com/201...
Shea S.
This is by far the best book I have ever read. It is so inspiring, about a girl with that courage. Gaby Rodriguez is now my new idol.
It inspired me to start The Trust Fall Project.
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Right now, society looks down on teenagers. They think that our main goal is to go out, get drunk, get high, get pregnant. While this is an issue for some teens, it's a stereotype. It doesn't apply to all teenagers. I'm on of them
I recently read a book called "The Pregnancy Project" by Gaby Rodriguez. The m...more
Debbie
I really don't remember hearing about this project when it hit the news but the book was recommended to me by my daughters after they read it. I finished it this morning and found it to be a very interesting read. What an interesting senior project Gaby chose to undertake for her senior year. Having had all 3 of our kids graduate from Washington State High Schools, I know how much work they put into their senior projects, so I can imagine the undertaking Gaby had to go through to pull this off....more
Hannah
OK, now I have to watch the movie on lifetime! I don't normally read Non-fiction, but this memoir is pretty interesting. What normal teenager would turn her life upside down for a school project? And seriously her boyfriend must love her a lot to go through with this.

Everyone is Gaby's family had a baby before they left high school. Her mother was 15 when she had her first child. Gaby is the last of her kids and she has plans for college and is waiting to have kids until after she is married. Bu...more
Shelley Daugherty
Gaby Rodriquez is a very intelligent girl who was brave enough to take on stereotypes in a big way. She faked her pregnancy for her senior project and touched the world when all she wanted to do was point out that teens are treated unjustly when they become pregnant.

This book was a real eye-opening experience for me since I work at a public high school. Yes we do have students who are pregnant or to be fathers wandering our halls. Not only as staff, but other students are quick to judge how the...more
Danielle Larca
Gaby Rodriguez decided early on that she wouldn't be another stereotype. Even though her mother and older sisters had babies while they were teenagers, Gaby realized that she wanted more and worked hard in school to ensure that her future would be bright. So it was quite a shock that for Gaby's senior project she decided she was going to fake her own pregnancy.

Telling very few people the truth, Gaby perpetuated a pregnancy in order to find out what it was like to be a pregnant teen. Would all o...more
Hannah
Everyone always told Gaby she would end up like her mother and all her older sisters- she would become a teen mother, and mostly like, a single teen mom at that. So even though Gaby is an honor student with a steady boyfriend, when Gaby becomes pregnant in her senior year she faces all the rumors, backstabbing, and assumptions people make of her. Until she presents her senior project to the entire school- where she pulls of her false belly to reveal she was never pregnant- her project was to see...more
Eva Leger
3.5 ~ Personally, I'm surprised to see the hatred for what this girl did. I can see people close to her feeling duped but us strangers? Not getting it. Quite frankly I'm ecstatic the girl is smart enough to value life. Let's face it, there are a lot of grown men and women not that smart. I wish every single young person in the world grew up thinking like this.. maybe then it would last. If you ask me, I say her Mom did a hell of a lot right, not wrong.
Gaby mentions a YouTube video in her book, C...more
Barbara
Growing up in the small town of Toppenish, Washington, Gaby Rodriguez had seen first-hand the consequences of teen pregnancy, poverty, and poor decisions. After all, her mother and her older sisters had all been teen mothers. Gaby was going to be different. Her entire extended family expected that she would break the pattern and attend college. When it was time for her to plan her senior project, Gaby wondered whether her friends and family would treat her differently if she became pregnant. Swe...more
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Gaby Rodriguez was repeatedly told she would end up a teen mom like her mother. As a high school project, she faked her own pregnancy to find out how her community would react. What she learned changed her life, and made international headlines in the process.
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“There are always going to be some people in life who disappoint you and don't believe in you like you hoped they would, and you have to find the strength to rise about it and realize that they're wrong. You're still a worthy person whether they thing so or not. If there's no one else to tell it to you, then tell it to yourself.” 13 likes
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