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The Pregnancy Project

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,280 Ratings  ·  931 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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Katie Allen There are many settings in The Pregnancy Project since it follows the main character, Gabby, around in her life while doing a social experiment. It…moreThere are many settings in The Pregnancy Project since it follows the main character, Gabby, around in her life while doing a social experiment. It Generally ranges from her home, school, and around the town, as well as a variety of experiences after the truth comes out.(less)

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Hayley DeRoche
May 02, 2012 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
Mar 21, 2012 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,
Jul 05, 2012 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
Apr 08, 2012 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 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.
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
Courtney Nuckels
Sep 04, 2012 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
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
I really liked this book! I loved everything about this book from the beginning to the end.I have wanting to read this book a really long time now and I finally got a chance to read this book and I am glad. What happens this book is that Gaby Rodriguez is faking her pregnancy when she is only high school because she wants to see what her friends and family would think about her when she is pregnant. While reading this book it was interesting on what everyone thinks about her when she is
Jan 17, 2012 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 09, 2012 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
Jun 09, 2016 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
Nov 21, 2014 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.
Sadie N.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great, and it really opened my eyes to the facts and details abour teen pregnancy, and how hard it is to live with it.
Taylor M.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-nb-reading
This book is a nonfiction/memoir. It does not belong to a series. The book is moderately long. It is a challenging read, mostly because you can’t read it all in one sitting. The reader should know that the author is writing a true story. This really happened to her, and it’s all true. This book is like other memoirs because it is in first person, and it tells a true story. The targeted audience is ages 14 - 20.
Sometimes, to move past stereotypes, you must become one yourself. Gaby was sick and t
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
Tammy Burns
Apr 04, 2012 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
Apr 02, 2013 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
Maya Nielsen
Apr 21, 2015 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
Jacqueline Nukaya
Apr 01, 2013 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
Mar 28, 2012 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,
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
In not going to say this story was mind -blowing that would be a bit of an exaggeration but I can say it was interesting to say the least. I believe now that with the right amount of research and the right support you and fool anybody. I am not by anyway saying the people in Gabby's life at the time this little project was going on was stupid by any means but it takes a special person to fool the world and get away with it.
Mar 28, 2014 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!!

Jacque Newman
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was a great read. I first came across this project on Netflix. Later I found out that Gaby wrote a book about what had happened. I am still very happy I read this book. I have to give major props to Gaby for going through this to bring attention to a topic that is not talked about or covered. I would recommend people to read this book.
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, winter-2012
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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Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gaby's story is really interesting. I enjoyed her story and it gave me something to think about.
Nelsy Romero
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Elliot C.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
To me, the book wasn't very interesting, though I did enjoy the chapters going through her project. I found most of the moments to be realistic, and Gabby did a good job of describing how she felt when people talked behind her back or when she got stressed out. However, there was a bit of heavy backstory in the beginning, and seemed to get a little boring towards the end. Maybe I'm being bias because I'm more of a fan of fantasy/sci-fi, but while the book was funny and a good read (HA!) at some ...more
Nicole Z
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would rate this book a 4 out of 5. I liked the message that the author was sending out to the readers. The main character Gaby showed us that we are can make it if we try hard. To rise above stereotypes and keep moving forward. Don't make lies seem to be true just because of rumors that fly around. Just ignore it and stay positive. Also, how she created her senior project, based on statistics and to prove a statement.
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