Title- The Pregnancy Project
Author- Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer
Publisher- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): Non-Fiction, YA, Memoir
Interest Age: 15 and up
Reader’s Annotation: Gaby Rodriguez writes about her senior project, in which she faked a pregnancy, and learns more about life, love, and the stuff in between.
Gaby Rodriguez has been around teen mom’s her whole life. Her mom was a teen mom, her sister, and even her brothers became fathers as teens. As a latina in a lower class area, it was expected Gaby would be the next in line. But Gaby had higher hopes and dreams, but she found herself in need of a senior year project. She decided to see the effects regular teen moms must go through, so she decided to fake a pregnancy for 6 months to see what teen moms go through. Gaby faces judgement, and learns from her experience that there is always more than meets the eye in any situation.
I enjoyed this book. I’m not usually a reader of non-fiction but I really felt like I walked away from this book having learned about others and myself. We all deal with rumors in high school, but there is nothing like becoming pregnant as a teen, and no one really know’s that experience unless they were a teen mom. Gaby takes this brave step to figure out how to help those in these situations.
“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” (“Gaby Rodriguez”, n.d.).
Ties to Curriculum Units: Social relationships
Would you choose to do a project like this?
What do you think YOU learned form Gaby’s project?
I do see some issues coming up with the topic of teen pregnancy and sex, but I will explain that the purpose of the book is to educate teens on the realities of teen pregnancy not promote it.
Gaby Rodriguez. (n.d.) Goodreads. Retrieved from https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5038489.Gaby_Rodriguez?from_search=true