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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
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Dec 29, 2015 Katie rated it did not like it
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
Mar 29, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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,
Hayley DeRoche
May 04, 2012 Hayley DeRoche rated it did not like it
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
Apr 08, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
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
Amanda Peterson
Mar 14, 2013 Amanda Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-430
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.
Jan 18, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Mar 10, 2012 Minna rated it it was ok
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
Nov 21, 2014 Ginger rated it it was amazing
When I first started this book I didn't really like it because the beginning was kind of boring but I made myself keep reading it. It wasn't until about page 100 that it started to pick up and get much better. I would recommend this book to someone who really wants to read it and doesn't mind a slow start. I loved the book and thought that it was written very well but could've been a bit more interesting.
Courtney Nuckels
Sep 04, 2012 Courtney Nuckels rated it really liked it
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
Maya Nielsen
Apr 21, 2015 Maya Nielsen rated it it was amazing
Reading the back of the book intrigued me initially. A young girl with such ambition and need to find a reaction drew me to read this book. The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer takes place in a high school full of judgemental teens. This true story explains the senior year of Gaby Rodriguez.
Every senior had to chose a project to accomplish throughout the whole year. Gaby thought about working with needy children, but something better came to mind. Gaby decided t
Tammy Burns
Apr 04, 2012 Tammy Burns rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 02, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
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
Brooke Cheyenne
Jul 14, 2013 Brooke Cheyenne rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
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,
Jul 20, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
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
Marlee Bickmore
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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
Jacqueline Nukaya
Apr 01, 2013 Jacqueline Nukaya rated it really liked it
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
Howdy YAL
Jul 23, 2013 Howdy YAL added it
Recommends it for: Someone Who Likes Being Annoyed
Recommended to Howdy YAL by: I'm a Lifetime Addict (enough said)
I don't think I'll read this one, mainly because the movie was so bad and even though the book claims to have a good message I just don't get what it's trying to teach me. Yes, I get that stereotypes are bad, but let's face it. If you get knocked up as a teen it's going to be difficult to succeed in life. Yes, you can get a degree and everything but it's going to be hard to do. Raising a kid is a very time expensive and time consuming job. Yes, you might be smart enough to get into Harvard but t ...more
Sonya Hill
Jul 14, 2013 Sonya Hill rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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!!

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
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
Feb 08, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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
Jun 07, 2016 Rosalia rated it it was amazing

The plot of the story is Gaby Rodriguez did her senior project and she had to get it accepted by the principal and teachers. It moved quickly. I didn’t like how she was hiding it from her friends and she didn’t tell them anything.Yes it was really interesting because people can learn from this and see how hard it is. Because people think it is a really easy job to take care of a kid but it is really not.Gaby would hang out with her friends at school and they would be at lunch and she would alway
Jun 23, 2014 Nicola rated it liked it
What do you say about that girl in your high school class who gets pregnant? She’s a slut, right? She’s stupid. She’s ruined her life. And, oh yeah, you kinda knew it was coming.

Gaby Rodriguez knew the type of things people say about pregnant teenagers better than most – her mom got pregnant at 14; her siblings, almost without exception, became parents as teenagers; and even their children are now continuing the cycle.

This seemingly-endless cycle forms the backdrop to a unique school project – o
Crystal Rubio
Feb 04, 2016 Crystal Rubio rated it it was amazing
In the memoir “The Pregnancy Project” Gaby Rodriguez decides to fake her own pregnancy for her senior year project. The story goes through her past and describes what led her to pick this as her project idea. It also takes you through her experiences as a, “teen mother” and the challenges she encountered. In the end, her projects gets mass amounts of unexpected media attention. Gaby has many decisions to make and becomes very overwhelmed.

As more teen girls get pregnant each one of them becomes a
Erin Isgett
Mar 03, 2015 Erin Isgett rated it liked it
I think this book covered a very important topic, and one that needs to be talked about more openly at schools, in families, and in the community. Having worked as a school social worker in low-income, high-need school district, I worked with many pregnant teens at my high schools. My biggest goal with each of them was to help them prepare in the months leading up to their deliveries so that they would be able to care for their babies AND continue their educations. Gaby's experience rang true in ...more
Jun 10, 2016 Borax rated it really liked it
This was a great book that offers up inspiration and conversation. Loved it!

The front of the book was a little heavy on backstory. It helped me to understand what drove Gaby to choose her Senior project though.

I was amazed at her level of commitment. You get a sense of the tension that was there (both physically and mentally)...but if it were me it would've been impossible probably.

The highlight of the book is her presentation and reaction. I especially like how Gaby kept coming back to her rela
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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.” 18 likes
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