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The Pregnancy Project

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  2,643 ratings  ·  628 reviews
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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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.

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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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.

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When I seen this book I was super excited. The high school that I went to there were only a few girls that were pregnant and they were separated from the rest of the students. There was a special class that the had to attend and I can only imagine that they went though and how they felt. It was five years since I been in high school and there were looked down on then because at the age it was shocking. After reading this book I was inspired and how hard it is was for those girls. I'm going to be ...more
Hailey Hamilton
The author’s purpose for writing this book was to teach us to look beyond the stereotypes. The author Gaby Rodriguez helped us understand what it’s like to have your friends and family turn on you in seconds. She told us what it like is to be made fun of and have rumors stated by people that we don’t talk to or even know. We look at people and judge them by the way we see or hear about them, but the author wants us to look pass what people say about them and go ask them. Stop judging them by the ...more
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.
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
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
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
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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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