By Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer
Date Published: January 17, 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Page Numbers: 218 pages
Source: The Good Ole Library
Summary: 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 everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and see her as just another pregnant teen statistic with no future? These questions sparked Gaby’s school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school senior to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What she learned changed her life forever, and made international headlines in the process.
In The Pregnancy Project, Gaby details how she was able to fake her own pregnancy—hiding the truth from even her siblings and boyfriend’s parents—and reveals all that she learned from the experience. But more than that, Gaby’s story is about fighting stereotypes, and how one girl found the strength to come out from the shadow of low expectations to forge a bright future for herself.
My Thoughts: When I first saw this book, I must admit it intrigued me, but I could never find it. Months passed, I forgot about it. Then I saw it on Lifetime and you know, I HAD to watch it, movie geek as I am. And I'm glad I did, because it made me hunt for this book. AND I FINALLY FOUND IT. EUREKA!
It was fast pace and a quick read. Which I found amazing, because now I know more about teen parenthood and the lows of it. I wish more people knew about this amazing book. Although the movie differs from it, the movie is still quite powerful. I mean, its a Lifetime movie. The way the author describes the way through her ' pregnancy' is also very powerful. Like her speech at the end. Its an uplifting read, one you'll never forget.
Even though the backstory in the beginning is a little much, it pulls into the story on how her 7 brothers and sisters and her mother as well were teen parents, that is probable that she'd become one as well. And that is fucking crazy! You just don't say that to people. The book also descibes a bigger problem as well, that you can't just put people in these damn little boxes because of mistakes in the family. Getting pregnant is a choice and just because others say you are likely to get pregnant, doesn't mean you have to.